Antique Drum Table From Broke to Beautiful

9 Materials
$65
6 Hours
Medium

This table took many hours and loads of repairs but so worth it!

I purchased this antique drum table in varying states of finish. The base had been stripped but the top would not stay on the legs as the hole was stripped. The knob was missing and the drum apron was shellacked with a thick drippy finish. The drawer was stripped. It was definitely a project given up on but I had a vision for it.

SOOO many repairs were made and fixed, these details can be found in the detailed tutorial on my blog. Be sure to subscribe if you like these types of makeovers to have the tutorial delivered to your inbox.


Moving to the top I found the table mount was cracked and wobbly so using another favorite tool; my offset palette knife, I pushed wood glue in all the cracks. Then using a gallon of paint as a weight I let it dry overnight.

For the base I chose milk paint from Fusion's new milk paint line in the warm white color called toasted coconut.

Three coats are perfect. After each coat I sanded it all smooth with a sanding sponge.

On the final coat the edges were distressed as well. To seal it all up I chose Fusion's hemp oil applied with a chip brush.

Wipe excess oil after 25 minutes and let dry. To keep an aged look I added Fusion's Ageing Wax.

I chose an antique knob I had in my stash from past projects that worked perfectly.

The distressed edges and dark wax age the piece perfectly.


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  • Julie Julie on Jan 22, 2021

    What is aging wax? and what does it do. I want to do this but I thought you just sanded off some of the white or did a light wash of a darker brown or black.

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