It seems that white has certainly taken center stage in the farmhouse look, but don’t forget black is part of farmhouse style too! Black helps ground a room, and makes it feel cozier than all white. My client purchased this dining table and 6 chairs, and chose black for the double pedestal. She kept the chairs and table top in their original state, since they were in great shape.
I forgot to get a true before photo, but I remembered after I painted one spindle!
Prep & Cleaning
I didn’t have any repairs to do, so I went straight to cleaning with White Lightning, and rinsing with plain water. There were tons of spider webs up inside those hollow pedestals, but I got them all with a feather duster. Since I didn’t expect any bleed-through from this wood species and there were no odors, I didn’t prime either.
I admit, this paint finish was pretty straight-forward. Two coats of Caviar painted on with my synthetic small round brush. I lightly scuff-sand and clean with a tiny bit of Sprayway glass cleaner and a shop towel between each coat. Spindles can be a bit challenging as far as drips go, so I suggest using thin coats and checking your work frequently.
I distressed around the edges with 220-grit sand paper. Dixie Belle paint is self-sealing, so you don’t have to use any top coat. But distressing will leave little dull scratches on dark colors, so to bring back the full black color and sheen, I use one.
Wet Distress with Hemp Seed Oil
Sealing black paint is a little bit tricky because liquid sealers can easily look streaky, while waxes can look blotchy. That’s why I was excited to give Hemp Seed Oil a try. I had seen someone online using a wet sanding technique, and I wanted to try that with a finishing pad.
Dixie Belle’s finishing pads come rather large, so I cut about a 1 inch section off the end. A little piece was better for maneuvering around the spindles and curved details. After pouring some of the oil into a paper bowl, I dipped the finishing pad into it, and sanded a small section of the pedestal. You will immediately see the color brighten and any scratches get buffed out. Then I wiped away any excess with a blue shop towel.
Since my client had the chairs and table top at her place, I waited to get photos until we had it all set up at her house. Love that little high chair there in the back too!
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