Make Room or Make It Round

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4 Hours

A sweet vintage fold down edged table was gifted to me to give new life to and this is what I did.

The size and fold down edges functionality makes it perfect for a small area that needs more space at times.

The base had been painted hunter green and the top a natural stain but the old finish was more yellowy orange. The top finish was in good shape just needing a warmer tone.

Then everything was scrubbed well with Dixie Belle white lightening cleaner in soapy water then rinsed well with fresh clean water.

The base was then hand sanded to smooth and drips showing under the paint coat from the previous clear coat. It also deglosses this super shiny green paint and allows the new paint to adhere better.

I have chosen a warm white for the new base color so to be sure the dark green does not alter the color I brushed on 2 coats of Dixie Belle BOSS (AKA primer) tinted white. This is the first coat brushed on. I let both coats dry well overnight.

The warm white color I chose was endless shore from the new  Dixie Belle silk paint line. I used the flat medium  Dixie Belle synthetic brush to apply. Two coats worked perfect over the 2 coats of white BOSS. This new paint formula has a built in top coat so no extra step needed.

Dark waxing can be done right over it. I added brown Dixie Belle's best dang wax to all the crevices with a small artist brush as I wanted to keep the majority the warm white. Above the back leg is completed and starting on the front.

Closeup of the brown wax going on.

The top was refinished using  Dixie Belle No Pain Gel Stain in walnut. This product can be applied over existing finish so wanted to try that application on the table top.

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Being able to apply the stain over the finish sure saved time and the walnut color added the warm tones I wanted to go with the base.

I also staged as an actual dining table to give a better visual.

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  • Donna Bennett Lantz Donna Bennett Lantz on Jul 05, 2021

    Oh my gosh! I have that exact table that I want to redo for my enclosed porch but haven’t decided my color scheme yet! Thanks for giving me instructions and inspiration! Great job!

  • William William on Jul 05, 2021

    You did an amazing job. The green and oil poly were a fad of the 70's. White paint and dark wax highlights brighten it up. The gel stain tones down the orange finish on the top. You brought back to life.

    • Creative Moments Creative Moments on Jul 07, 2021

      Thank you William, I love that solid wood pieces can have makeovers thru the years of generational fads :)