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Antique Pie Crust Table Rescued & Restored

Boy, are you in for a treat. tee hee. If you follow me on social media, you would have seen that I unashamedly found this #trashure loot after I left sunrise service from our church for Easter. I wasn’t shopping Curb le Chic, but I couldn’t let all this stuff go to the landfill during our city cleanup. Wouldn’t you have done the same thing? Today, I’m beginning my makeover fun with that gorgeous antique pie crust table.

Pile of Furniture Found Curbside #trashure by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Before I get started, let me show you my haul. I will admit that when I was driving into church, I had only spied one thing that caught my eye. However, when we drove back by I couldn’t believe my eyes. Can you blame me?


First, we have this fantastic set of chairs. Why is it when I need a chair I can’t find one, but when I’m not looking I get two? tsk.

Curbside Antique Dining Chairs Set Out for Trash & Rescued by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

Then, this was the piece that caught my eye first and made me stop…an early 1900’s oak chest of drawers! eep!

Antique Chest of Drawers Found Curbside by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

On top, there’s a pedestal table from a previous haul, and an antique crate filled with Americana decor. Next, to the right, you see a drop-leaf coffee table, a hunting scene shelf, and the aforementioned antique pie crust table.

Stash of Furniture & Decor Found Curbside by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

You can imagine JC’s surprise when he pulled up in our driveway after church…haha. The kids were like wow and he said, “Cool.” (per usual). I asked him which one would he not have bothered with and he replied, “The painted one.” Silly man. I said, “Honey, that’s the best one.” JC looked closer and said, “Oh, it’s oak.”


When many of you spied the antique pie crust table after I posted the picture on social media you were like…WOW! Me too, but it has its own story.

Curbside Find #trashure Antique Pie Crust Table with Damage | Saved by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Top View of Damaged Pie Crust Table |

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Do you see that missing chunk off that gorgeous edge? My heart hurt. I so desperately wish it had been whole, but then again it wouldn’t have been set out for trash. Right?


What’s a girl to do, but break out her tools and fix this hot mess. I mulled over making a replica using a cast, but there was no way it would stay on for long. So, I chose to use my jigsaw and do the best I could to save what was left. I can just imagine my neighbors eyes popping out as they think I’m brutally attacking this gorgeous gem. haha.

Here it is after the amputation. I must say I think it came out pretty good considering what I was up against.

Cut Antique Pie Crust Table Top for Repair by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Next, it’s time to see about removing that peeling top layer and see what I’m up against. I whip out my favorite sander and have at it with a 150 grit paper. BTW, this beautiful table is mahogany. I still can’t believe I had to cut it. sniff. However, I’m elated I am able to do something with it.

Sanded Mahogany Antique Pie Crust Table Top |

Once my restoration prep was done, I begin my giving it a good cleaning. Nothing like an old toothbrush to get into those tiny crevices.

Cleaning Antique Table Legs |


The top got a coat of an Early American Stain (you can see how I’ve used it in past posts HERE) After the stain cured, I added multiple coats of a satin poly with my Fan Brush.

Applying Poly Topcoat to Antique Pie Crust Table with Zibra Fan Brush by Prodigal Pieces |

I work the poly first, because it will make it a much easier process to paint the edge. Using my Square Brush (which is perfect for creating crisp lines), I give the ornate edge two coats of paint letting cure in between.

Painting Antique Pie Crust Table Edge with Zibra Square Brush | Brushes available at

Next, using my same Square Brush, I apply a glazing to really draw out those amazing details.

Glazing Table Edge |


Finally, I do the same effect to parts of the legs using my Round Brush with paint and glazing. Here she is all finished and ready for a many more years.

White Farmhouse Style Bedroom with Restored Antique Pie Crust Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #bedroom #home #homedecor

Ornate Antique Pie Crust Table Saved from the Trash by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor #farmhouse

I am beyond pleased with the outcome and am so glad I decided to give it a try. You know I couldn’t have left it there – the horror! hee hee.

Gorgeous Antique Pie Crust Table Rescued from the Curb & Restored by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Closeup of Ornate Table Edge |

Antique Pie Crust Table Top Restored by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #farmhouse #homedecor

I dare you to scroll back up to see the before. Isn’t it amazing that it could have missed my eye and gone to the trash? Even this ornate oval frame with original art was in the trash. I tell ya, shopping Curb le Chic is not only a grand adventure, but saves our landfill from needless waste, and helps us to appreciate and savor.

Antique Ornate Oval Frame with Original Print Found in the Trash by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #vintage #farmhouse #home #homedecor

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Folks, my goal is to inspire you. I hop you had fun seeing my makeover of an antique pie crust table. Be sure to pin and share to inspire others too!

An antique pie crust table is found on the curb and then restored by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | See the amazing transformation at #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Up next in my Curb le Chic shopping makeover adventure is the hunting scene shelf. Time for an update – SEE HERE!

Curbside Haul with First Project Done - More to Come at Prodigal Pieces |

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18 replies on “Antique Pie Crust Table Rescued & Restored”

Hi Larissa. I love that you made the table look old because it is but gave it some love. I would have been heartbroken about the ornate around the table too. What a score for you!

Wow, that’s quite the haul, Larissa! I think I would’ve shed a tear or two while using the jigsaw on that top. Kudos to you for having the vision to salvage the table this way. Nice save!

Right? I was kinda like…wow! I seriously had to close my eye for a bit. I even dug around the pile on the curb for the missing piece. No luck. Thanks for the love!

You did a great job saving this table, I would have never thought of trimming it out like that, it was a really good idea. I don’t understand though why you left the bottom part of the legs dark brown, not judging here, just don’t understand.

Thank you, Mary. The turned legs didn’t match the spindles and that gorgeous carved mahogany was too pretty to cover up. Plus, it tied in the dark top.

Great way to save this table & love the 2-tone look. Funny, I have the exact same table and a piece of trim broke off after something fell on it. I painted it in the lightest of pink with pearl highlights. For the broken gap, I glued on a little Victorian ornate frame with a romantic picture. It hides the gap and makes for a unique looking piece.

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