How to Stain & Paint a Pedestal Table With a Modern Farmhouse Look
If you ever find a sturdy, solid wood, durable table -- snatch it up! Because with my sanding, staining and painting tips, you can easily give it a modern farmhouse look and create a lovely gathering space for your family! Let me show you how to give a table new life.
I spotted this old empire style pedestal table at an antique store buried underneath many treasures.. it was only $40!!! That price for a solid wood, round dining table is a STEAL!! I was so excited, I couldn't wait to work on it and replace the wobbly one I had in my new house.
The tiger oak top had a few small chips in the veneer and a big old water ring. The only way to properly remove a water ring is to sand down to bare wood and re-stain.
I started with 120-grit sandpaper, but it wasn't cutting through the varnish fast enough so I switched to 80-grit.
Here's the piece half sanded. The raw wood is so much lighter. I decided against filling the veneer chips, I just didn't feel like it was necessary on this piece. It's going to be well loved in our house so more chips are bound to occur. I figured I'd just embrace the character.
I used my favorite stain combo to stain the top of this piece. It's a 50/50 mix of two stains. I mixed it in an empty kitchen jar, and applied it with a rag. (Click over to full blog post to see the specific colors I used - the link is at the bottom of this project post)
Once I had a few coats of top coat in the works, it was time to paint. I chose a gray for the table base -- it's the same gray I painted on the inside of my china hutch. They will look good together in the same room.
Now the top is smooth, with just a bit of luster. The grain in the wood almost glows thanks to the top coat I used. And, even better, the table cleans up so easily after messes!
I love the color of the base and the contrast with the light gray on the walls. I painted the chairs in a coastal blue. I LOVE the combination of blue and gray.
Not too bad for a $40 table, am I right??!
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