Entryway Table Makeover Farmhouse Style

I recently shared my mini makeover in the entryway and mentioned that the hall table didn't escape unchanged. Below is my DIY original natural pine entry table that I had clear coated with varnish. 
And now, it's a beautiful farmhouse style aged walnut colour with a flat wax finish.
I didn't want to sand off the clear varnish and knew I needed something for the stain to stick to that didn't cover the woodgrain. So I started by mixing up a some white paint with water and gave the whole piece a white wash. 
After the paint had dried, I began applying my varnish in stokes in the direction of the wood.
I applied two coats of walnut varnish and left it for a few hours to dry.
Then I used a clean rag to wipe off all the excess varnish. Leaving more in some places such as the leg grooves.
Lastly I applied a couple of coats of Annie Sloan clear wax. I have never used her wax before and must admit it was a bit of trial and error. I didn't have a wax brush so I just used a rag to apply and spread the wax.  I loved how easy it was to spread, but it was also hard to see where it had been applied.
I did find the wax lifted the varnish in some places, but that just added to the aged appearance. You can buff the wax afterwards but I preferred the flatter appearance.  The instructions said you can lightly use the table after a few hours but that it takes up to a month for the wax to fully cure. So I'll wait and see how it goes in a few weeks time.
I really like the way it looks with my newly painted mirror. The colour is much more my style.
And here are a few fun pics of the entryway taken from the living room. 

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  1. Gorgeous, Julie... I sure hope we get to see this at Tuesday Turn About! I'm pinning, because I would LOVE to create one of these narrow tables/shelving units for my tiny hallway. Maybe add a middle shelf and use for a bookshelf!

  2. Wow, this hardly looks like the same table. So impressed with your results Julie! I'm excited to feature your post this week on the Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Hope to see you there again!

  3. The finish on this table is perfection. It looks 30 years newer. I love it. Featured and pinned.


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