Queen Anne Table Made New

Here’s the scenario: I walk into the thrift store and take a quick scan of the goods. My path of hunt takes me straight to a leggy gem. Here is the Queen Anne table I spied.

Queen Anne Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I quickly open the drawer to find “Broyhill” and dove-tailed drawers. Then, I kneel down to look under and find…yep…solid oak. SCORE!! A quick sniff-check is in order to make sure no nasty odors linger. none. Mentally I make note of the wear on top. Nothing I couldn’t handle, right?

Worn Oak Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

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Nervously I peeked around for the price tag – couldn’t find it! Shortly after, I motioned the gentleman working the floor to come talk to me. I sweetly asked, “How much is this table?”

He grinned and said, “Just set this out today. Ummm…$8??” I pretend to not flush in the face while my heart beats faster. Nonchalantly I reply, “Ok. I guess I’ll take it”. Meanwhile, in my head a voice screams out, “Doesn’t he know this is solid oak, Doesn’t he know that this is quality from Broyhill?? HAPPY DANCE!! This totally reminded me of my other Broyhill find. Do you remember my Brasilia treasure?

I put aside the fact that this organey table was thanking me for rescuing it, and continue my hunt through the store. Thankfully, I found many more goodies that he was happy to let me take off his hands. It was a good day.

After I got the Queen Anne table home, I just kinda stared at it hoping it would tell me how it wanted to grow up. Ya know, to graduate out of that awful orange stain into something new. I played with a few color schemes in my head and even debated on refinishing it altogether. If it were for me that would be what I’d do, but since this is going to be in my shop, I decided to mix it up.

First, my sander came out to play. It wasn’t long before I had the old finish off the top and I was ready for the next step. Bring on the fun!

Sanding Oak Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

I also wanted to update the hardware, so I filled the holes with wood filler and sanded down. Then, I drilled a hole for a new knob. Now we are ready to roll!

Filling Drawer Holes with Wood Filler | prodigalpieces.com

Since I do have a passion for wood grain, I had no intention of hiding that glorious top, but rather redefining it. It was my delight to get to try out a new Zibra brush, the fan brush. I have carried 7 styles of Zibra brushes in my shop for some time now, and this is the new kid on the block. This brush features a fan design perfect for many uses.

Then, with my brush and glazing, I apply a light coat following the direction of the grain. Since this grain is open and quite dry, I need to move quickly.

Glazing Oak Queen Anne Table with Zibra | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I then take a soft clean rag and wipe off the excess glazing working in the direction of the grain again. I let it cure for a bit and then move on to the topcoat. For this I use a matte poly for the final finish. Again, follow the grain, and brush on. Notice I am using the fan brush again. Woot!

Applying poly with Zibra Fan Brush | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It was at this point that Mr. I came in and watched me for a second and said, “I love those brushes”. I replied, “But you’ve never tried this one yet.” He said, ” I know, but I love how easy they are to use”. My teen took the words right out of my mouth. So with excitement I am happy to say that I now carry this fan brush in my stock as well. Yay!

Next, while the topcoat is curing, it’s time to tackle the legs, skirt, and drawer. I chose to do a soft contrast using a soft blue-green. Isn’t it pretty? And it goes on just perfectly with that fan brush spreading out as I work downward. I

Painting with Zibra Fan Brush | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Last, after applying two coats of paint and letting it cure. I decided to draw out that oak grain in a more subtle way by using a white wax. It’s easy to do, just brush on the wax in small circular motions, and wipe off any excess with a soft cloth.

Applying White Wax to Queen Anne Table | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And we’re done!

Cottage Style Queen Anne Table in Vintage Duck Egg by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It looks so much better in the new look and I feel I maintained the integrity of the wood without that heavy grain being so bold.

Whitewashed Oak Queen Anne Table with Fresh New Look by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

In addition, I even added some designer wallpaper in Adeline Duck Egg fun to the inside of the drawer, and an antique glass knob. Every girl needs some BAM! Right?

Designer Wallpaper Drawer Lining by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Vintage Duck Egg Blue Queen Anne Table Refinished by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Bouquet of Hydrangea for Cottage Style Decor at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And don’t forget those leggy legs. I love the Queen Anne style tables! You can see my other favorites in these posts.

Cottage Farmhouse Style Queen Anne Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As I mentioned earlier, that this Queen Anne table is now available in my shop for purchase along with many other goodies. (SOLD) Also, keep in mind that we do offer combined shipping and 2 or more furniture items can ship for the price of one.

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Ready for some fun?! I am so excited about this new Zibra fan brush that I’m giving 3 brushes away to 3 of you. Yay! All you have to do is complete as many steps in the widget below as you want entries. Winner is announced via email and will have 24 hours to claim your prize. (so be sure to check your spam!) Open to U.S. & Canada residents 18 years of age and older.
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Also, more projects like my Queen Anne table makeover:

Outdated dresser becomes 2 new pieces by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comWorn Out Coffee Table Gets French Country Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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  • Karen R

    Great job as usual. I wish I had your vision.

    September 14, 2017 at 6:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Karen. It’s fun to create.

      September 14, 2017 at 7:40 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    Eight dollars for that table! Unbelieavable. You stole the thing for that price. You really lucked out girl. The table is gorgeous.
    I do have a head and foot board bed frame that is need of a new make-over.
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity

    September 14, 2017 at 6:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I was floored! He sold another lovely piece to a lady for the same price. He was cleaning shop!

      September 14, 2017 at 7:40 am Reply
  • Jennie

    I LOVE the Queen Anne style. Guess I’m an old-fashioned girl at heart! Great job!

    September 14, 2017 at 7:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both are old souls. 😉

      September 14, 2017 at 7:41 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Yes, I would pay $8 for that table, it is a classic. I love the makeover.

    September 14, 2017 at 7:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They sure are. Thanks, Debra!

      September 14, 2017 at 7:41 am Reply
  • Elaine

    I have two drop leaf side tables that are the cousins to that table. I’m not happy with my first makeover I did on them, and I was considering stripping the tops and starting over…after seeing your makeover I now am SURE that I’m going to!

    September 14, 2017 at 7:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s always fun to redo for update or save. Good for you!

      September 14, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply
  • Kelly - Endless Acres Farmtiques

    Love this! What a beautiful transformation! Isn’t it the best feeling coming across finds like this (for cheap!) ?! :):)

    September 14, 2017 at 7:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You ain’t kiddin’! Thanks so much, Kelly.

      September 14, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply
  • Jan Donley

    Cute! I love the window frame also! ?

    September 14, 2017 at 7:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am a window addict! 😀

      September 14, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I’d paint my dining room table!

    September 14, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply
  • Lezlie adams

    Beautiful! I love the blue.

    September 14, 2017 at 8:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you. I do too!

      September 14, 2017 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Donna Marchlewski

    Pretty outcome. I have a table i may i paint.the same way.

    September 14, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      ooh…sounds like fun!

      September 14, 2017 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Deb

    Beautiful I love it!

    September 14, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Deb!

      September 14, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply
  • Meghan Seyller

    $8 that’s awesome! I love the blue it really brings out the great legs. I could use a Zibra brush to paint a wardrobe that’s in the way of my new dining table.

    September 14, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Total score, right?! I have one much the same. hahaha…

      September 14, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply
  • Carole

    Lovely! I love the Blue color!

    September 14, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Carole. I do too!

      September 14, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply
  • Donna

    It’s a beautiful table! What a great score.

    September 14, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It was a fun day for shopping.

      September 14, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    Love the color on those legs!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    September 14, 2017 at 9:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m happy to share.

      September 14, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply
  • Rhonda

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

    September 14, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yeah, baby! You bet. 😉

      September 14, 2017 at 11:35 am Reply
  • Alicia

    Oh! So beautiful! I love the soft blue color and white wash top. The crystal knob really makes it sparkle too!

    September 14, 2017 at 9:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear it, Alicia. Thank you so much!

      September 14, 2017 at 11:36 am Reply
  • Kathy E.

    I am sooo jealous of your great finds! There’s nothing like this around here, so I have to live vicariously through you. I have an older 2 drawer chest that I plan on updating this fall and the Zibra brushes would make the job so much more enjoyable.

    September 14, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am happy to do the finding for us both. 😀 haha…just teasing.

      September 14, 2017 at 11:36 am Reply
  • Anita Ellison

    Love the Vintage Duck Egg and contrasting white washed table top. Very nicely done! I have an old cast off side table in the basement screaming for a face lift. That’s the project I would start with should I win the Zibra brushes! I believe I could make my piece stand out just as you have done making it worthy for the front living room! Thanks for sharing how you used the Zibra fan brush too, looks fun!

    September 14, 2017 at 10:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That sounds like a perfect project. Yay!

      September 14, 2017 at 11:37 am Reply
  • Anna Violette

    I love your table!! Beautiful!! I also am looking to refinish some end tables for our bedroom and a dresser for the hubbs!

    September 14, 2017 at 10:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! They are fun to do.

      September 14, 2017 at 11:37 am Reply
  • Brandi Kilpatrick

    Such a great makeover, Larissa! I have some oak tables that are the exact same color of the original, and you have given me the perfect idea for them! Thank you for sharing!

    September 14, 2017 at 11:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m happy to hear it, Brandi. I love oak, but sometimes the grain can be so heavy.

      September 14, 2017 at 11:37 am Reply
  • Brenda

    Love this! I’m always anxious to see which colors you choose for your projects. You nailed it once again! I have a waterfall dressing table that I would use the Zebra Brush on! I’m inspired!

    September 14, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful! I get nervous sometimes, but really have fun getting to play. Thank you!

      September 14, 2017 at 11:38 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Another great makeover. Thanks for the inspiration!

    September 14, 2017 at 11:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure, Debra. 🙂

      September 15, 2017 at 5:40 am Reply
  • Deanne

    Love the queen Anne table makeover…very pretty.
    I have an antique buffet I’m ready to tackle if I only had these brushes! I hope I win! I hope I win!

    September 14, 2017 at 11:45 am Reply
  • Julie Briones

    I really enjoy seeing your makeovers! You have a real gift!

    September 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It is fun to share and I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do. Thank you, Julie.

      September 15, 2017 at 5:42 am Reply
  • Yolanda Acevedo

    Totally love the after!!
    Easy breezy color especially in a sea side cottage!?

    September 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Yolanda.

      September 15, 2017 at 5:42 am Reply
  • Kathy Wells

    I too love to preserve the grain, especially on a beautiful oak piece. A Zibra brush would be super helpful in working on my next project, my Mom’s old buffet.

    September 14, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That sounds like the perfect project piece. Yay!

      September 15, 2017 at 5:43 am Reply
  • Jana Hodge

    I love love love the color combination…The Zebra Fan Brush applied the glazing so well, fanning out the glaze and also with your Gator Hide…the brush seems to have worked well for you being the wood was so dry…I would like to try one on a large round coffee table with a pedestal base that is old & dry…

    September 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      All the products are so easy to use that it makes my work all the more stress-free. Thanks!

      September 15, 2017 at 5:43 am Reply
  • Emeryl

    I’m going to build some shelving for my room, and I’m definitely going to need to paint it, so that’s probably what I would do with the brushes!

    September 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply
  • Jane

    What an awesome makeover! I have a table just like this. I am unfamiliar with these brushes but I am interested in them.

    September 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I am a confessed brush snob (aka. super picky) and when I finally found these brushes after my favorite had stopped being sold in the U.S. I was so delighted!

      September 15, 2017 at 5:45 am Reply
  • Becky

    Oh, NICE!!! I love the colors, but that you left the wood grain showing too! Great choices! It makes me want to go out and paint… something! Not sure where to start, haha!

    September 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee hee. That’s the spirit!

      September 15, 2017 at 5:45 am Reply
  • Sandy Koenig

    I really like how this table turned out. Good job.

    September 14, 2017 at 5:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for saying so, Sandy. I had fun.

      September 15, 2017 at 5:46 am Reply
  • Jenny Peickert

    I always luv the combinationss u use on your pieces of stain or glaze & paint. It really updates the piece. I am always re-doing some project so a fabulous brush would create a nicer finish. Blessings>>jenny

    September 14, 2017 at 5:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s wonderful to hear, Jenny. Thank you for the encouragement!

      September 15, 2017 at 5:46 am Reply
  • Jayme Coonce

    AWESOME! I love the addition of the wallpaper in the drawer – such a simple thing to do and has great impact. I also love changing out the hardware – another simple fix that totally updates and personalizes an already great piece. I have a couple of small dining tables that need re-finishing and updating – perfect projects for a fancy new brush. 😉

    September 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s my favorite ways to update since most anyone can do it. Thanks for the love, Jayme. 😀

      September 15, 2017 at 5:49 am Reply
  • Kathleen

    Wow…I see these tables often for sale, but never thought they could be redone so beautifully. I’m just getting started with me 1st “basic” Zibra brush. The fan brush might help me finish up a few of the “project pieces” staring at me…longing for their makeover!

    September 14, 2017 at 6:56 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    I love the softness of this table Larissa, such a sweet table now!

    September 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Kaycee. I just had to soften the heavy grain a bit for the feminine look to shine.

      September 15, 2017 at 5:51 am Reply
  • Debi McNamer

    Love the new brush! I would use it on an old oak round table I have. Been wanting to change because I’ve gotten rid of all the oak and went to painted instead.

    September 14, 2017 at 7:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It sounds like you have the perfect project piece, Debi. It will be fun!

      September 15, 2017 at 5:51 am Reply
  • Pam in Illinois

    Beautiful! Great job. Not sure what I would paint first. I really need to paint my walls before I start anything else. 🙂 pam

    September 14, 2017 at 7:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I feel we might all have the same problem, Pam. hahaha… Sounds good!

      September 15, 2017 at 5:52 am Reply
  • Janina

    Love your style and color choices

    September 14, 2017 at 9:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Janina.

      September 15, 2017 at 5:52 am Reply
  • Mary Gillis

    The table looks fantastic! What a makeover! She needed to be prettied up. I am just getting into painting furniture and will have to look into this fan brush that you love so dearly.

    September 14, 2017 at 9:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I thought it needed something to make it come to life. Thanks for getting it. 😉

      September 15, 2017 at 5:53 am Reply
  • Michelle

    I’ve never been a huge lover of tables in that style, but you made it look so fantastic! I love it!

    September 14, 2017 at 10:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo! I’m happy to hear it. Thanks!

      September 15, 2017 at 5:53 am Reply
  • Annette

    I would use it on an old end table I want to refinish.

    September 14, 2017 at 11:44 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    This is so awesome!!!❤️?

    September 14, 2017 at 11:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun are you?! Thank you. 😀

      September 15, 2017 at 5:53 am Reply
  • Corry heinricks

    Love the makeover and the bargain find makes it even better ! And those brushes look lovely……would love to,try them out myself 🙂

    September 15, 2017 at 1:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Gotta love a good find for sure. Thank you, Corry! You will love these brushes.

      September 15, 2017 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Charlene

    Once again, well done!

    September 15, 2017 at 3:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Charlene.

      September 15, 2017 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    Love the the makeover and your color choices. My next project is an end table with ball and claw feet, and a warped top! that I pulled out of someones trash pile 😮 Will be a challenge.

    September 15, 2017 at 7:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m sure you’re up to the challenge! You go girl. 😉

      September 16, 2017 at 5:36 am Reply
  • Mary

    I love the finish on the outdated end table. I have a dresser very similar to your one dresser two projects item that I would use this new brush on. I have the triangle Zibra brush and I love it. I’m sure the new one will be just as great!

    September 15, 2017 at 4:08 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    I like what you did with the table! So cute! I have an old sewing cabinet with similar legs that my husband’s Grandma gave me years ago and I’ve been thinking it needs some paint to freshen it up.

    September 15, 2017 at 4:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be fun!

      September 16, 2017 at 5:36 am Reply
  • Kiera Chambers

    I have almost the same table, only it came with the drawer missing and already painted black. I will eventually re-do it, but my next project is an old swing table that we are using as a sort of command center in our family room, I need to sand and re-paint that…so that’s what I’d use that brush on if I won!

    September 16, 2017 at 8:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet! Sounds like it will be quite the fun piece and your others too.

      September 18, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply
  • Donna

    I love this shade of blue! I am almost finished wit my current project, an old secretary, and I have several waiting of course and could really use a new brush. Love your blog Larissa

    September 16, 2017 at 3:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Brushes are so handy and get lots of love around here. I hear ya! Thank you, Donna.

      September 18, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply
  • Kristina

    I really am in love with all of my Zibra brushes. I would love to try this one out! Thank you for the opportunity!

    September 16, 2017 at 11:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful to hear, Kristina! I am over-the-moon with mine. My pleasure to share.

      September 18, 2017 at 4:15 pm Reply
  • Moonalisa Crabass

    I actually have two side tables, very similar to this one, that I will be painting for my mom’s sitting room. Would love to try the new fan brush on them!

    September 17, 2017 at 7:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Those sound perfect!

      September 18, 2017 at 4:15 pm Reply
  • Sarah Ramberg

    Gorgeous makeover, Larissa!! And thank you for the giveaway chance!

    September 17, 2017 at 3:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure, Sarah! Hope you win.

      September 18, 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply
  • Melanie

    I have a table just like this!

    September 17, 2017 at 5:16 pm Reply
  • Molly

    You inspired me! I found two similar Broyhill tables only with oval tops and a much darker finish at a yard sale for $6.50 each! Cha Ching! I like the way you did the top of yours, so I’m going to give it a try. I love, love , love my Zibra brushes!

    September 30, 2017 at 2:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Total score!! They will be beautiful, I’m sure. 😉

      October 1, 2017 at 6:45 am Reply

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