Why did I wait so long to paint and update my oak kitchen table?

Re loved Oak Table with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint and Stain and Oil Front Porch Mercantile


Oak Table Before - Front Porch Mercantile

This oak pedestal table has been in my family since I was a wee girl (and I’m old so it’s old) lol. My parents gave me this table about 15 years ago and we’ve loved it. Maybe a little too much lol. The poly was starting to peel, there were grooves and gouges. Anyone else have a table needing a little TLC?

Oak Table removed by Front Porch Mercantile

The straw that broke the procrastinators back was when I did 12 days of DIY from my kitchen over the holidays and I left a hot glue gun on the table. Ya, I did that. I’m so “together” online, a hot mess behind the scenes. ;)

It was time for this piece to be re-loved.

Mr FPM sanded the table top off for me, right down to the raw wood. He used a belt sander (similar to this) to remove the top mess I had made of the poly top, then a hand sander (like one of our favs here) to smooth it all out.

Preparing the oak table for stain - Front Porch Mercantile

He only sanded the TOP so we could stain it. The base was left as is.

I decided to paint the base black. My original thought was to paint it all farmhouse white, top and bottom, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and paint it black and I am so glad I did.

How to re-love your oak kitchen table:

I painted the pedestal base with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Typewriter. Because it had a poly finish it to it I gave the piece a light scuff sand followed by a good cleaning with a good degreaser. I used Spray Nine, however, any good degreaser would work.

I mixed 1 part Typewriter to 1 part water and mixed my milk paint. I then added the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Bonding Agent to the mix, about 1/2 again as much as I used water as I didn’t want a chippy look on the pedestal table.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Typewriter is a favourite black of mine

Miss Mustard Seed's Typewriter and hemp oil was used to re love this oak table

Hemp Oil from Frontporchmercantile.com

I painted on 2 coats of Typewriter, waiting a few hours between coats, and then gave it a light sanding and distressing, I then used our 100% all natural hemp oil as a protective coat. I adore Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Hemp Oil , like adore!!

It’s such a perfect top coat. I have to admit here, we were getting the house ready and I had 10,346 things to do, my sister came over for an afternoon to help and I just handed her the hemp oil and she went to town with it. Easy application, brush on (or wipe, but a brush is easier to move it around) and then wipe excess off. It leaves such a beautiful finish on Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. So soft and beautiful.Nothing sands smoother than Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. Nothing.

For the top I bravely (I think) used a new product I had never used before lol

Homestead House (manufacturers of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and Fusion Mineral Paint) came out with a stain and oil product and I decided to give it a go.

It was easy to apply, I just wiped on and wiped off with a clean cloth.

After the first coat, I was happy with the look, I used the colour Espresso, but I didn’t find it had enough sheen, was dry and scratched. EEK (ps I totally did it all live on FB too, so that wasn’t the awesome result I wanted). After consulting with the head honchos at Homestead House, Jennylyn and her Mom Loree Pringle, who also happen to be good friends, I was told I should have let it sit for a bit. My bad.

I didn’t want a darker look, so I used the Natural (or clear) on it again, this time, I let it sit for about 10 mins before wiping back and wow, what a difference. We love how it turned out.

Beautiful finish from the stain and oil on this re loved oak table by Front Porch Mercantile

I’m told the top will be durable, so far, it held up well, no scratches or stains. We are getting TONS of compliments on it when people tour our house (our house is for sale, you can read about that here). I have had several offers to buy the table, I’m planning on keeping it, but, have realized it may not fit in our little cottage, so we shall wait and see.

Homestead House Stain and Oil at Front Porch Mercantile

All in all, I love the new Homestead House Stain and Oil, it comes in several colours, I can’t wait to get my hands on the driftwood one…how fun.

As always, if you have any questions, pop them in the comments, or send me a private message, thank you so much for dropping by. I promise to be a better blogger now that life is slowing down (does life ever slow down though really?) lol

I have a few more projects to post on the dozens of fun things we painted in our own home over the last few months.

I have had oodles of people ask me about the chairs around the table, they are from Wicker Emporium and you can find them here. 

Front Porch Mercantile our house for sale

re loved oak table Front Porch Mercantile



The Homestead House Stain and Oil is available in our Moncton location but not currently in our Lunenburg location, or you can buy online from my friend Sue here.

Have a super fabulous and creative day my friends, let me know what you think and do you have a table you would like to re love? I’d love to know what you are up to with yours.