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Oak Pedestal Table Makeover & Repair

When one is offered a solid oak pedestal table, one does not walk way without promptly taking it home. Am I right? Take a look at what I was offered below. My friend, Mandy, sent me this picture asking if I was interested. You can see it now, but it has an issue. (don’t we all?)

Round Oak Table Before | prodigalpieces.com

At first glance, you can see wear and damage to the top. However, what’s a bigger issue is below.

Oak Pedestal Table Missing Leg | prodigalpieces.com

Yup. That there is a missing leg. Mandy originally offered me the table thinking I’d just use the table for parts. I told her that I want to replace the leg and get back to good as new. Easy-peasy.

DIY TIME

First, I dig into my stash of solid pallet wood and find a perfect piece. It’s not oak, but ash will do just fine. Then, I trace a leg using an existing one.

Oak Pedestal Leg Tracing onto Pallet Wood by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Before I cut it out with my jigsaw, I make pilot holes with my drill. That way, I can utilize the flat surface to keep it stable. Typically, a drill press would be best, but I’ll get one of those some day. Next, I pass the leg through my planer to get it the right thickness.

Planing Oak Pedestal Table Leg in Dewalt Planer by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I surely love my tools! (#toolsoverjewels is my motto)

Also, before I can call the oak pedestal table done, I need to work on the top. That damage may be ugly, but it’s not going to be there forever if I have anything to say about it.

Damaged Oak Pedestal Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

Last, but not least, I assemble and add the finishing touches to the table. First, I apply the reactive stain I so enjoy using these days. You can see my other projects with different shades in these posts.

Aged Wood Accelerator for Oak Pedestal Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Then, the base is going to get a new-to-me milk paint. I do adore milk paint and wanted to give this a try. I’m lovin’ this color!

Rustoleum Milk Paint in Blue for Oak Pedestal Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The paint was great to use and is perfect for what I was after. However, I think I prefer the powdered form milk paint for a more aged appeal. You can see how I used it in this video below. Since I’m not after intense aging at this time, this paint works beautifully.

Video Tutorial DIY Antique Store Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

THE REVEAL

Are you ready to see this oak pedestal table reveal? I’m excited to show you the brand new look.

Farmhouse Vintage Home Design by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #homedecor #farmhouse #vintage

Blue Oak Pedestal Table Made New by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #diy

Happy dance! Table is safe from the landfill and is absolutely beautiful again. Maybe even better than the original, eh?

Oak Pedestal Table Top by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #home #homedecor

Vignette with Farmhouse Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor

The top showcases the stain with a poly finish. And, you know I’m a sucker for blue. So, the blue against that rustic brown stain really suited the refreshing I am after. Would you have done blue, or maybe a different color?

Vintage Style Home with DIY Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #home #furniture #homedecor

Farmhouse Style Oak Pedestal Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #home

Either way, my goal is to inspire you to look past the obvious damage or wear and see the potential. Even in people…we all have our own stories. I’m so thankful God has unfiltered vision for each of us.

If you’d like to make this table your own, you can find it and more available in my online shop.

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Farmhouse Style Vignette with Oak Pedestal Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor

In addition to leaving me a comment below, do pin and share my oak pedestal table to inspire others too. Thanks!

Oak Pedestal Table Missing a Leg Gets a Refreshing Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #diy #farmhouse #homedecor

Up next, I’m taking this derelict dresser mirror frame and giving it a brand new life. Stay tuned!

Antique Dresser Mirror Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    You’re right…. it is better than new! LOVE the color. I think you made a great choice. This is one of the hottest current color trends right now…. and this is a great way to use it in almost any home! 😊💕

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much! It’s funny that the color is popular as I’ve been using this combo for 9 years and it never fails to win my heart. Here’s to good things lasting! 😀

  2. Judy B says

    Very pretty!! I love the soft blue color with the wood top. I really admire how you don’t let any obstacle (like a missing leg!) stand in your way. Have a blessed Holy Easter weekend, as we begin today with Maundy Thursday.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Judy. It’s quite fun to be challenged with things like this. Keeps me going. Blessed Easter to you too!

  3. Janina says

    As always your work is great. I envy your skills ( and your tools!).ps if you ever want to sell that corbel you staged with the table please let me know.

    • Larissa says

      You are so kind to say so, Janina. Thank you! I just bought the set of corbels and hoped to install them. We’ll see!

  4. Rebecca Drake says

    Beautiful! Really striking!!

  5. Karen Cofield says

    I love the blue and stained wood combo! Such a pretty combination.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you. It’s been one of my favorite combos since the beginning.

  6. Dana Manning says

    Fabulous! I love that you can always heal the broken.

    • Larissa says

      I try! It’s fun for me to be challenged this way. Thanks!!

  7. Stephanie Harris says

    Quite lovely. ❤️

  8. Marie B. says

    Nice save, Larissa! Always makes me happy when I see a piece that would more than likely end up in the landfill get a new life. I just noticed this week that Rustoleum has milk paint and wanted to give it a whirl. Pretty color choice!

  9. Karlee says

    A little spit and shine and alot of unfiltered God vision for the win! I agree I love powederd milk paint best. “Old Fashioned Milk Paint” is the best quality most true color throughout the project milk paint I have ever come across! 😍

  10. Esther Johnston says

    I just used this same milk paint on some nightstands. I like it because you can lean toward the green side with it, or the blue side. This is beautiful! I have a table like it and was going to go with black on the base, but now……..

    • Larissa says

      Yes! One of my favorite colors to use (not specific to this brand as I have my own custom color that’s my favorite). How fun to have choices, right?

  11. Charleen says

    It’s a charmer!! Love the blue,I am a fool for blues,aqua s greens ,Great job. Have a blessed Easter .where would we be without our Savior?

    • Larissa says

      You and me both. Such lovely earthy colors. I’m so thankful for the fact He is Risen! 😀

  12. susan says

    Love this color! Especially with the wood! Does this paint chip like MMS milk paint or can I use it like chalk paint?

    • Larissa says

      Me too! It is definitely not like a powdered milk paint (I prefer Old Barn Milk Paint). So, it’s a more low-key distressing aged-look.

  13. JeanieQ says

    Love it! The color is perfect and it’s just so cute. Nice save.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I love these kinds of tables to go in just about any space.

  14. Kim Banko says

    Ha! I thought….I wonder how she will get the new leg the same thickness as the original. Of course you have a planer! It’s just gorgeous Larissa!

    • Larissa says

      #toolsoverjewels! haha. Yes, a gift to self a few years ago. I just love having that thing. Thanks of the love, Kim!

  15. Michele M. says

    BRAVO!!!! Great save – it looks absolutely positively perfect there. Love that color and the stain you chose. Seriously well done.

    Have a blessed weekend.

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