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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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.
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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?
Sue at Blu
Gail this is the perfect table for those chairs! Great eye. And great tips on painting the fold. Perfect set for a little nook.
Thank you Suzanne! I was lucky to find the perfect table!
Gail, the table combined with the chairs make a stunning set! It's exactly the kind of small table with chairs I've been looking for to use in my small dining space. I'm inspired to hunt for something similar.
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good luck finding just what you're looking for!
that looks SO good! awesome!
Thank you Nova!!!
Looks like they belong together! I like it with one side down and against the wall.
I agree with you Nadine. It looks best like that!
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This table is perfection. I love that you are using Heirloom Traditions All-in-One Paint! I’ve been using it for about three years on many of the furniture pieces I sell in my antique booths. Best paint ever!
Thanks so much! I love HTP paint (and Paula) It's made locally, so I enjoy supporting she and her biz. What's your favorite color for projects you sell? Do you find that people buy colorful furniture? Or do you stick to the neutrals?
Sarah @ Sadie Seasongoods
I love that you completed the set- looks fabulous!
Thank you Sarah! Can't wait to get it out of my house into the booth!!!
Gail, I am loving this color! It's gorgeous on the table. Thanks for the tips for painting a drop-leaf table! Pinned 😊
Thanks for pinning! I guess some people just jump right in and start painting, but I generally think it out first. 😉
Carlene @ Organized Clutter
Beautiful makeover Gail! Pinned!
Thanks friend! I appreciate it!
Gail, this turned out super cute! I had a table identical to that from my grandparents, I think I painted it white if was not easy to let go of. Love the sign too!
Thank you Kristin! This table wasn't very old, so I was worried about bringing it together with the vintage chairs. But I guess it will work for someone's small area. I just don't think I'll ever tire of that sign over my table. 🙂
Absolutely gorgeous make-over, I love to see something so neglected come back to life.x
Thanks Janette! The poor little table was abused for sure.....