Do you remember those two rose back chairs I did last month? I found a small pedestal drop leaf table to go with them from the same booth. However, the table cost twice as much as the chairs.
The table wasn't perfect, and it was way over my limit. But I was looking for something small, and this fit the bill.
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How to Prep Thrift Store Furniture for Painting
There were a few scratches I noticed upon closer inspection. So, before I could clean it, I sanded it smooth to the touch. Then I used my deglosser on this table as a prep.
But I also use Krud Kutter for really hard core cleaning. See How To Prep Furniture For Painting.
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Degloss Furniture for Painting
To degloss furniture, simply brush on the deglosser with a chip brush, and then use a scrubby to clean it. Wipe dry with a cloth.
As I was cleaning the table, I noticed a couple of screws missing. Someone must have tried to add a larger one because it split the underneath side of the drop leaf.
How to Paint a Drop Leaf Table
There really is an order to the way you should paint a drop leaf table top. First, you want to make sure you don't lay the paint on too thick in the "fold" of the table.
To begin, I put the table top upside down on my work table. I used a small brush to paint the edge of the table.
Work in Sections
Next, I carefully painted the fold with a light coat of Weathervane. (See more Weathervane projects here) I placed a scrap board under the edge to help raise the table top off the work surface.
While that part of the top dried, I started on the pedestal. I chose to use this mall brush on my first (very light) coat of paint.
Allow Each Coat to Dry Thoroughly
Resist the urge to paint with a heavy hand on the first coat. Many light coats of paint will really give you a more durable coverage. This is after one coat.
Now, it was back to the table top to finish the first coat. The leaves are folded over to the back for this step.
Now that the leaves and folds are dry, it's time for the middle of the table to be painted. I rested the drop leaf table top on the same tote I used above for the deglossing. A foam trim roller makes this job really easy.
Not shown: I went back and forth from the pedestal drop leaf table top, to the base until I got 2 ½ coats of paint on everything. The last ½ coat is more of a touch-up coat of anyplace I missed.
I brought the pedestal drop leaf table into the house and reassembled it for it's final coat of paint. Again, I painted it with the leaves down. I didn't want a build up of paint in the folds.
Pedestal Drop Leaf Table
This small pedestal drop leaf table is perfect for an eat-in kitchen, or a single person.
Do you prefer it with both leaves up? I think I like it like this with one down, up against the wall. The Bless the Food sign still hangs in my kitchen all these years later. I have a large wall, and really like the large distressed sign.
Why not pin it now while you're thinking about it?
Fun Fall Thrift Store Projects
- Broken Vintage Stool Makeover
- Easiest Thrift Store Wreath Makeover for Fall
- Pedestal Drop Leaf Table Makeover (you are here)
- Hello Fall Sign on a Casserole Dish Holder as a DIY Loom
- DIY Multi-Colored Mercury Glass
- Customize Your Pumpkins
- Wooden Stool Makeover With Oven Cleaner
- Personalized Beverage Tub
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.