Pedestal Table Makeover

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If you are looking for a simple, yet elegant upgrade to your pedestal table, might I interest you in a distressed chalk painted base with a raw wood table top?

This is exactly what we have just done with a pedestal table I purchased years ago. I remember, we were newly weds and didn’t have any children yet.

I had never boughten any furniture at a thrift store before, but we passed one on our way home one day. The store was going out of business and this table was buried in there under a whole lotta junk.

I can’t remember how much it was priced at, but I do remember I talked him down to $100. It is built like a rock and has served us faithfully for the past seventeen years.

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But. Seventeen years. Probably time for a little makeover, don’t you think?

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I started by stripping the table top with my favorite product, Citristrip. 

I love that you can use this product and not worry about the fumes. You just lather it on and let it sit for about 4 hours. Then, scrap it all off. Works like a charm!

There is video over on Facebook where I show the whole process.

I finished it with a dark wax and then a clear wax, but now that we are using it for meals every day, I am thinking of adding another coat of clear wax just to protect it a little more.

Once that was done, I unscrewed the pedestal from the table top and painted it using the Magnolia paint from Kilz in Blackboard.

After two coats and some strategic sanding, I applied some dark wax and called it good.

I also shared this whole process on a Facebook Live.

I love black accents when they are kind of messy. You know what I mean? Lots of distressing and browns showing through. Yum.

So, now we have a “new” table in our fireside / dining room, just in time for spring. I love how it turned out and the way it contrasts with the newly finished slipcovers.

What about you, are you thinking of incorporating some black in your spring decor this year? It is the perfect pop with whites and greens!

Stay tuned for some spring home touring in our farmhouse very soon!

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  1. Tanya Hulbert
    March 10, 2019 / 10:19 PM

    I just love how the table turned out!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 25, 2019 / 6:17 PM

      Thank you, friend, at first I wasn’t sure if I liked, but it has definitely grown on me!

      • Merry
        August 28, 2020 / 7:30 PM

        Your table is beautiful, it looks very high end and would look so nice in any home. I love how you did all the finishing. I have a small table that I need to update so your instructions are extremely helpful to me. Thank you ever so much.

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