I’m so excited to share this drop leaf table makeover with you!
I’ve been looking for a narrow table to put in my dining area, and found this dated drop leaf at an estate sale a couple of months ago. It was the end of the sale and they offered to sell it to me for $75. This is not exactly what I was looking for, but the price was good and the size is right, so I decided to make it work until I found exactly what I want.
I put a drop cloth on my front porch to paint on, cleaned the table really well and used chalk paint I already had. Since I was using paint I had on hand, there was a menagerie of brands/colors, but I made it work.
I did a quick base coat of Annie Sloan Old White paint, but didn’t cover the table really well, because this coat won’t show much. I just like a hint of the lighter color in places when I distress at the end. This step only took about 20 minutes, since I didn’t care about brush strokes or coverage.
Next, I painted a coat of Maison Blanche paint in Fransiscan Gray. I didn’t want full coverage with this coat either, so it was another fairly quick coat.
After this coat was dry, I applied the final coat of Fransiscan Gray.
After the table had completely dried, I distressed it using my small electric sander. You can certainly do this step by hand, but I find it much faster using a fine grit sandpaper on my electric one.
I only wanted a little distressing, so I lightly went around the edges on the top of the table, and in places on the legs. When I finished sanding, I cleaned it off really well and was ready to wax.
This gray paint has a hint of a blue undertone and I really wanted a warmer gray, so I used a coat of clear wax and then a coat of light brown. The brown wax goes on a little more evenly if you have waxed with clear first, and then apply the brown while the clear is still wet. I prefer light brown wax over dark brown, because it’s very subtle. You can use dark brown wax lightly and quickly wipe off and achieve the same look. Especially if that’s what you already have on hand. And you can certainly just use a clear wax to seal it if you like the color of the piece without a colored wax.
You can see in this photo the difference in the gray color after waxing. The front leg has the wax and the back leg doesn’t yet. It warms the color up, just a bit.
The finished table! Now, time to get it inside and style it.
I shopped my own house for things to style the table with and I found this old deconstructed stool that I thought would be cute under the table. My plan was to recover the stool, but for now it will live here.
I’m sure the table will get restyled a thousand times in days to come, but for now, I’m liking it here.
I hope you found some inspiration from the drop leaf table makeover. Feel free to message any questions, and be sure and let me know if you try your own table makeover.