Farmhouse Drop-Leaf Table Updated

Do you ever do something just because you want to? Like, eat an extra cookie, or take a drive down a country road…just because you want to. Those kinda things are liberties that can break a funk we are in, but the key is limiting it so it doesn’t get out of control. Well…in the last week I managed to acquire 6 large pieces of furniture all at once. ahem. So, you can bet I’ll be firing out some furniture makeovers in the next few weeks. haha! For instance, I’ve always wanted to work on another farmhouse drop-leaf table like this, so I bought it. Nuff said.Vintage Drop-Leaf Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

However, as you can see, it was loved on and not looking top-notch as far as the finish goes. But, if you can look past that to the potential that is there, you can see time-worn wear, and those beautiful turned legs.

Vintage Pine Drop-Leaf Table Needing Updated by Prodigal Pieces |

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You may wonder why I wanted to work on another farmhouse drop-leaf table…well, because they are so versatile. With the perfect use for small spaces it can be a dining table, used in entry as console, sofa table, entertainment console, coffee station, and even a desk against the wall. Seriously cool options with them. And…I wish I had room for one. Maybe one day!


Because this farmhouse drop-leaf table top had been painted and worn, I just wanted to remove the topcoat to start new. However, I didn’t want to get rid of all the scratches, dings, and stories it had to tell. I lightly sanded it with my sander to bring it back to life.

Sanding Drop-Leaf Table Top |

After I sanded it, I wanted to create a little character on the skirt and base. I whipped out my handy Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig and added a spot to add some hardware for a faux drawer effect.

Kreg Drawer Pull Jig for adding hardware to Farmhouse Drop-Leaf Table |

I love this jig. No more messing with a tape measure to find center and hole spacing to get a pull or knob on straight. Life-saver!

After all is prepped it’s time to add the finishing touches. I went with my Stubby Brush to topcoat the table top. The Stubby Brush is one of those brushes you can’t live without. Gives an awesome brush-stroke-free finish, fits well in my hand, and work with paints and stains.

Applying Gator Hide Topcoat to Farmhouse Drop-Leaf Table with Zibra Stubby Brush by Prodigal Pieces |

I apply two coats letting each coat cure in between and use a bit of steel wool and a tack cloth to promote strong adhesion and add to the rustic flair.


Now time for the table legs and skirt. I’m all about contrast, so I wanted to add a bit of fun using a soft blue. If you’ve seen any of my recent makeovers, you’ll know this is easily one of my favorite colors. See what I mean in these posts. I use the same Stubby Brush and give the skirt some color.

Painting Drop-Leaf Table Skirt with Vintage Duck Egg and Zibra Stubby Brush |

For the turned legs, I switched to my Round Brush since it does an awesome job getting into those spindles without creating drips and runs.

Painting Farmhouse Table Legs with Vintage Duck Egg and Zibra Round Brush by Prodigal Pieces |

The skirt and legs get two coats, allowing each to fully cure. After that, I decided to use a gray wax to accent and protect.

To apply, I used an older Round Brush and just did the same as if painting. Applied, let rest and then wiped off any excess.

Waxing Table Leg with Grunge Gray Wax by Dixie Belle |


Well, shall we take a look at what it looks like now? I’m in love with it.
Rustic Farmhouse Drop-Leaf Table Updated by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

The color is one that goes with most any decor and gave this outdated table a little pep. By adding the bin pull, I feel it gave it more life even if there isn’t an actual drawer. These are the same bin pulls I used in my kitchen remodel. You can find them available here.

Antique Drop-Leaf Table given new life by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

And how about that top? The rustic pine left in the raw as far as stain goes showcases all those gorgeous marks telling a story of days gone by. Look how it opens up big enough to seat four. I’m over here cheering it on like, “Girl…you got your wings, now fly!”{{fist pump action}}

Vintage Farmhouse Dinette Table with Drop-Leaf Sides by Prodigal Pieces |

And then can drop down and functions as a desk even. I love a versatile piece of furniture that can do more than just exist in a space.

Farmhouse Drop-Leaf Table Used as Desk, Console Table, Sofa Table, Entry Table and More. By Prodigal Pieces |

Antique Pine Drop-Leaf Table with Farmhouse Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Simple Farmhouse Vignette by Prodigal Pieces |

If you love it, you can find it available in my shop (SOLD) along with many other goodies. Stop by to see and don’t forget to use your subscriber discount (see details below).

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Farmhouse Style Table as Desk for your Home Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Vintage Duck Egg Farm Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Did you enjoy this farmhouse drop-leaf table makeover? I sure hope you did as I had fun sharing. To inspire others to give their dated furniture some much needed lovin’, pin and share. Thank you!

From drab and dated to rustic chic, this farmhouse drop-leaf table never looked so good. Get the DIY details from Larissa at Prodigal Pieces |

Rustic Farmhouse Table Gets a Much Needed Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Up next, I couldn’t resist this cute Bassett Mid Century Modern dresser. Can’t wait to show you the after!  See the new look HERE.Bassett Mid Century Modern Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • ColleenB.~ Tx.

    Beautiful. Especially like the top of the table.
    That faux drawer; pure genius. Really gives it that something ‘extra’ special look.

    February 1, 2018 at 6:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was fun for me to see it come back to life. I wish I knew the history. Thank you!

      February 1, 2018 at 7:02 am Reply
  • Christina in SW FL

    This is a beautiful makeover Larissa. Love the paint with the top. Beautiful.

    February 1, 2018 at 6:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Christina. 😀

      February 1, 2018 at 7:02 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    Love the makeover and also adore drop leaf tables – so practical. Did you use the grunge all over or just certain parts of the legs?
    The hardware jig is now on my wish list. I recently replaced some handles on a dresser and “screwed up” (pun intended) three times despite measuring! I was so frustrated. The hole needed to be Exact and drilling just a smidge off caused issues. Btw, I recently purchased a kreg jig after reading your blog, and it’s awesome. Thanks for all the DIY inspiration!

    February 1, 2018 at 8:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Just on the legs, as the top had the Gator Hide applied. That jig is phenomenal at saving me time and hair-pulling! 😀

      February 1, 2018 at 10:36 am Reply
  • Kristen

    Very nice!
    A couple of years ago I made one into a table for my preschooler. It’s been great!

    February 1, 2018 at 9:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful! I bet you use it often.

      February 1, 2018 at 10:36 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Love the contrast between naked top and painted torso….so pretty. I expect no less from you, Larissa. 🙂

    February 1, 2018 at 9:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Love a naked top…hahaha… Thank you for the ever-present love, Patty.

      February 1, 2018 at 10:36 am Reply
  • Diana

    I want to order the 2 brushes you mentioned here. Not sure how to apply discount.

    February 1, 2018 at 10:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Diana, if you sign up for my newsletter you will get a coupon code that you enter in when you are ready to check out. If you need further assistance, please feel free to email me. Thanks!

      February 1, 2018 at 10:35 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Gorgeous! Adding the pull to the table gave it a special touch. So unique!! I’m not very tool savvy but thanks for showing the hardware jig. Looks like it makes things so much easier. I’m adding it to my wish list.

    February 1, 2018 at 10:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was something I felt it needed for a little fun. So glad you like it. Thanks!

      February 1, 2018 at 10:37 am Reply
  • Maria Howard


    February 1, 2018 at 10:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so fun, Maria. I needed a smile. Thank you!

      February 1, 2018 at 11:14 am Reply
  • Sarah

    You totally nailed this! Again! Love your vision for “prodigals,” Larissa!!

    February 1, 2018 at 11:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You made my day, Sarah! Thank you for the hug. 😀

      February 1, 2018 at 12:18 pm Reply
  • Paula

    Beautiful new life to this piece! So glad that you left the stories!

    February 1, 2018 at 12:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My absolute pleasure as they have so much to tell. 🙂 Thank you, Paula.

      February 1, 2018 at 12:19 pm Reply
  • kimmylouwho

    I really like this table and that it looks so great without stain & just the gator hide! Great job!

    February 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! A little goes such a long way.

      February 1, 2018 at 12:19 pm Reply
  • Tess Stephenson

    Love that you kept the character of the top. You are one talented and inspiring woman. Keep on keeping on.

    February 1, 2018 at 1:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Your words mean so much, Tess. Thank you.

      February 1, 2018 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Jean

    Love how the table turned ou. I didnlt have much hope for it when I first saw it. NY parents has the matching coffee table to this back in the mid 1950s except it was round. Where their table dropped that edge was quite sharp. I’ve carried a crecent moon shaped scar on m leg from that tables drop edge for around 60 years so be careful.

    February 1, 2018 at 3:10 pm Reply
  • Joan Amenn

    You do beautiful work. Can I ask, how did you finish the side flaps of the table on their undersides?

    February 1, 2018 at 4:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Joan. I did the undersides the same as the top. 🙂

      February 1, 2018 at 9:27 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    Beautiful job again and love the drawer pull on the ends. I have a table like that (think mine is smaller) I got at a yard sale. This gives me inspiration to do it like that. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. God Bless!

    February 2, 2018 at 12:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Fun! Yes, I had one smaller too and just love adding that bit of interest. We are all fine and dandy! 😀

      February 3, 2018 at 5:42 am Reply
  • Marie

    Such a good idea adding the drawer pull. Say whaaat – did you say Grunge Wax? I love their grunge glaze so you know I’m getting me some wax now too! Pinned your lovely table

    February 2, 2018 at 12:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Yes, hadn’t tried the glaze yet, but knew the wax would be a hit with me. Gotta get you some!

      February 3, 2018 at 5:43 am Reply
  • Kristina

    I love it! I have the nearly identical table sitting in our basement that my husband uses as his “temporary” holding space for his laundry. It was his grandmothers (my husband is 63) so it is pretty old. We have had it for 30 years. He grew up with it in his parents basement and likes to brag about how much that table has been through! “I even rebuilt my Harley on it back in 1974!”, so you can imagine the loving it has endured to the finish. We are in the process of down sizing and moving into a smaller home and much of his family’s furniture (a lot!) is in process of me refinishing and selling to pay for our next stage in life. This is one of the pieces that he just can’t bare for me to give up or touch in anyway. This is the perfect solution to keeping the memories AND the table to be used in our new home someday! Thank you as always for your amazing inspiration to me Larissa!

    February 5, 2018 at 2:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      What a sweet treasure you have, Kristina. I often wish I had more of my family’s furniture, but you know how that goes. Enjoy!

      February 5, 2018 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Karen

    Love the results on that table! I normally do not like any turquoise paint but this time, it looks lovely. 💖

    September 23, 2019 at 7:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Karen. It just complimented the natural top so well.

      September 23, 2019 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    Hi Larissa,
    My 14 year old son has bought his first piece of furniture to try and refinish and he has chosen a table that’s very close to yours. I was wondering if you’d mind telling me how much you were able to sell it for just to give us a point of reference, and whether or not it included the chairs. He’s too young to get a job so he’s trying this route to help save money for a car! Thanks!!!!

    September 25, 2019 at 5:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Congrats to him! My kids are on the same journey with one already with his own wheels. yay! I think it went for around $150-$175. I hope he sells it quick. 😉

      September 25, 2019 at 7:37 pm Reply

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