Refreshing Mid-Century Cocktail Tables
Saving a pair of cocktail tables that were almost ruined
Cocktail tables are those cute little tables designed to be placed in front of the sofa or next to a chair to be used when entertaining guests, as supports for beverages and other things. I purchased a pair of these mid-century nesting tables from an estate sale a while back and thought I’d use them as plant stands on my porch. Here’s where I confess my big mistake. I completely forgot there was pressed-wood involved and the weather took a toll on them.
The paint on the legs was completely faded and the wood underneath was beginning to crumble.
The leather-like top was completely sun damaged and rust had formed on the top of the legs.
I began to wash the legs using Murphy's oil soap with a Scotch brite sponge using the scrubber side. The paint came completely off.
I applied Scotch guard on the legs and the natural color began to come back. Once dried, I applied another coat and then followed up with lemon oil
I applied lemon oil on the top of the table to restore the luster of the leather. I gently scraped the crumbling wood that was around the edges to give the piece a more finished look so you wouldn't see it.
They won't be going outside anymore.
Enjoyed the project?
Resources for this project:
Join the conversation
Kara Wurtzel on Dec 16, 2019
Wow, you really bought this piece back to life! 💙💙
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?