August 31, 2011

Oak Table Makeover

A quick break from the CHAIRS!  I wanted to show you the table I also re-did so I can do the big reveal all in one day!

This oak pedestal table was one of the first furniture purchases my mom made when she was about my age.  It was in her first apartment and transitioned to our home where I ate off of it as a little girl.  Since the last move, the table has been in my parents garage, waiting for its next home!

When I began the inital search for a table, I told my mom I was planning to search Craigslist and some other local spots in DC.  Immediately she thought of the table!  I knew with a little TLC the old table would look perfect with my old chairs.

The top was removed.  I am planning on stripping and staining the top at a later date.

I painted two coats of Annie Sloan's Old Ochre.  Remember to lightly sand between coats and afterwards for a smooth finish in preparation for the wax!

I very lightly distressed the legs using 150 grit sandpaper.

The table originally had metal wheels on the bottom of each leg.  I removed those and replaced them with wooden feet to add a little height.

Resourceful tip: These "table feet" are actually decorative fence post finials.  They had another rounded piece attached where the bottoms look flat now.  I used a hand saw to cut the rounded top off, leaving a flat bottom.  Kern hammered/screwed the new feet into the holes on the bottom where the metal castors had been.

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