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?)
At first glance, you can see wear and damage to the top. However, what’s a bigger issue is below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Are you ready to see this oak pedestal table reveal? I’m excited to show you the brand new look.
Happy dance! Table is safe from the landfill and is absolutely beautiful again. Maybe even better than the original, eh?
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?
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.
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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! ??
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! 😀
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.
Thank you, Judy. It’s quite fun to be challenged with things like this. Keeps me going. Blessed Easter to you too!
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.
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!
Rebecca Drake says
Beautiful! Really striking!!
I’m tickled you think so, Rebecca. Thank you!
Karen Cofield says
I love the blue and stained wood combo! Such a pretty combination.
Thank you. It’s been one of my favorite combos since the beginning.
Dana Manning says
Fabulous! I love that you can always heal the broken.
I try! It’s fun for me to be challenged this way. Thanks!!
Stephanie Harris says
Quite lovely. ❤️
Thank you for the kind words, Stephanie.
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!
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! ?
Thanks, Karlee! Yes, fun to use that stuff.
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……..
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?
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?
You and me both. Such lovely earthy colors. I’m so thankful for the fact He is Risen! 😀
Love this color! Especially with the wood! Does this paint chip like MMS milk paint or can I use it like chalk paint?
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.
Love it! The color is perfect and it’s just so cute. Nice save.
Thanks! I love these kinds of tables to go in just about any space.
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!
#toolsoverjewels! haha. Yes, a gift to self a few years ago. I just love having that thing. Thanks of the love, Kim!
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.
You just made my day, Michele. Thanks so much!