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Drop-Leaf Dining Table Makeover

As every good mother would do, there I am driving my kids to their practice when what do I see sitting lonely on the curb with snow spitting all over it? {{gasp}} Instantly I do a U-turn and pull in the drive to rescue it. However, there’s one problem. A large, old, shaggy senior dog is barking softly at me. This drop-leaf dining table is coming home with me and I have a plan.

Curbside Drop-Leaf Table Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Honestly, I know this dog and it’s harmless, but I didn’t want to upset him. So, I parked in such a way that he wouldn’t see me and grab the table and I’m gone in less than two minutes. He’s happy, I’m happy, and my kids are like…I need to get to practice! haha. We’re always early, so it’s not a problem. But…can you blame me? You can see what I with these drop-leaf tables HERE.

If you’ve followed me for long, you know that FREE doesn’t mean no work. It typically means oodles of work. However, when I get home, I’m happy to see that the hardware is all present and functional, and it’s sturdy. The top does have wear with dents, dings, and cup rings. First, it’s time to break out my sander!

Sanding Drop-Leaf Dining Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

Then, after spending two hours sanding, I’m left with a clean finish and hopefully a surface I can work with. I’ll fine tune my work later. You see, the top is a ply material, but not like you use for random builds, but made of better quality materials.

Sanded Drop-Leaf Dining Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

DISASSEMBLY

Then, in order to make sure all is refinished in the edges and such, so I flip it upside down and take it apart. Not only do I tighten up all the screws, but I also sand down the edges as well. Next, now that my prep work is complete, I’m able to move onto finishing. In order to do that I use a weathered reactive stain. This kind of stain is a natural stain that allows it to age using the tannins in the wood.

Applying Weathered Reactive Stain to Drop-Leaf Dining Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

After the stain cures, I flip the leaves over and use a milk paint called Parchment to dress it up from underneath. I paint the leaves and also the skirt and legs.

Painting Milk Paint in Parchment Color on Drop-Leaf Dining Table | prodigalpieces.com

Oh, and in case you didn’t know…I have a cat. ahem. Shall I leave them? Time will tell. I love Lily, but she’s such a diva.

Cat Paw Prints on Painted Table | prodigalpieces.com

Last, as soon as the two layers of paint cures, I reattach the leaves and add a three layers of a matte poly topcoat with a micro foam roller.

Applying a Matte Poly Topcoat to Drop-Leaf Dining Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

As you can imagine, the bit of elbow grease I poured into this curbside drop-leaf dining table really pays off with obvious effects. Would you guess it’s the same table?

Vintage Farmhouse Drop-Leaf Dining Table Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #vintage #furniture #diy

Right Side View of Vintage Drop-Leaf Dining Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #dining

First, the weathered wood stain really turned this into another era because that orange was awful…right? Second, the white underneath removes the ominous feeling it had. Now it looks less heavy.

White Underside Drop-Leaf Table Legs by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #furniture

Weathered Wood Vintage Drop-Leaf Dining Table Top by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #furniture

Likewise, the best part of these kinds of tables is that it can be used as an entry console, as a library table behind your sofa, or in your small space dining ready to pop out to entertain.

Vintage Farmhouse Drop-Leaf Dining Table & Chairs by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #dining #diy #vintage

Open Drop-Leaf Dining Table Top by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #homedecor #diy #furniture

How would you use it in your home? For me, I’d love to have it in an entry so I could whip it out when friends and family come over.

Farmhouse Style Dining Table Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #furniture #farmhouse

Farmhouse Console Drop-Leaf Dining Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #furniture

With that, I’m excited to offer this in my online shop along with many other custom, antique, and vintage finds. Stop by to see!

  • Vintage Farmhouse Bench in Rustic Green available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #shopping #furniture
    Vintage Farmhouse Bench ~ $275

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In addition to leaving some comment love below, let’s encourage and inspire others to pull up their DIY sleeves. Pin and share to make it even more fun.

Straight from the curb, this vintage drop-leaf dining table met the right DIYer | A furniture makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #farmhouse #diy #homedecor

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blog signatureThrift Store Frames Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Also, more table makeovers like this drop-leaf dining table:

Grab those curbside finds and give them a new look with your HomeRight Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer. This dining set makeover is one to see by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comWorn and damaged, this antique half round table got a Cinderella makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #homedecor

Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    So pretty!!! And so useful!!! The gorgeous legs really stand out now and what an awesome table top!!!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž I love your idea as an entry table, or maybe a sofa table? Could make a great second table for holiday guests!! Oh yea, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽŠ

    • Larissa says

      You are so fun, Rebecca! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, I totally see it useful in so many ways. Thank you for the birthday wishes! It’s coming up too fast.

  2. Jan Weiden says

    Frist off, Larissa, I love the table. Drop leaves are so versatile! I love how you combine stain and paint. I just hate to cover up gorgeous wood grain when it can be salvaged. What has caught my eye today (and have probably missed them numerous times before) are the sconces in the photo. I’m guessing that you made them and I’m wondering what the base is… it appears to be a tool of some sort?
    Thank you for sharing your faith in your posts. It always encourages me!

    Because HE lives I will face tomorrow,

    Jan

  3. Stephanie says

    Another wonderful find and redo.!
    Happiness and blessings.

  4. Niki says

    I donโ€™t like to use the word love (especially when talking about inanimate objects) because itโ€™s so overused and it means so much more to me than a catch all term for something you just really like. However I really enjoy a good drop leaf table. They are one of my favorite styles. My mom redid one for my Grandpas little house in town and I sat at it frequently while she fixed up the house for our family reunion. That was many moons ago. I think I was 4 or 5 at the time.
    Birthday blessings!!

    • Larissa says

      I totally agree, but a very passionate person so I use it often as well as other words. I get it though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just love that memory you shared. Such a blessing! Thank you, Niki.

  5. Amy says

    Looks great, Larissa! BTW, I’m sure you’ve mentioned it before, but what is the brand and name of that reactive stain? I wouldn’t know what to buy if I shop for this (which I probably will!) Thanks!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Amy! It’s by RustOleum and I buy from a local hardware store, not the big box stores. I’m all about supporting small businesses that put back into our community. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Marie B. says

    What a difference, Larissa, now it has so much farmhouse charm!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Marie. I know you would have done the same stop if given the chance. haha!

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