Pedestal Table Makeover

I picked up this table from a resale shop when we moved into our current home a year and a half ago. The robin egg blue needed to go, plus the table top was stained and discolored. I had all intentions of refinishing it right away but it never happened. Finally, over the summer I got motivated and got it done! 

Project Supplies:

Rust-Oleum General Purpose Black Spray Paint

Behr Marquee Satin Enamel Paint + Primer

Verathane Polyurethane Satin

Drop cloth

2 1/2 inch nylon flat paint brush

Mini foam roller for smooth surfaces

Fine and medium grit sandpaper

Step 1: Prep – the first thing I did was give the table a good cleaning. I like Murphy’s Oil Soap.

Step 2: Sand – Using an electric sander and medium grit sandpaper, I got to work. It took a good hour for the layers of paint to come off, but then to my dismay, I discovered my table was made of particle board! 

My plan had been to stain the top a dark pine and paint and distress the base an antique white. Particle board meant that it could not be stained. On to plan “b” – paint the entire table and distress it in antique white. 

Step 3: Paint the distressed color. Pick a darker paint color that you want to show through when you distress the table. To make it easy, I used gloss black spray paint and sprayed two coats. Let dry and lightly sand in between coats.

Step 4: Paint the contrasting color. I used a semi-gloss in snowfall white. I painted with a small foam roller for the tabletop and a paint brush for the sides, table base and crevices. Paint 2 – 4 coats (I did 4). Let dry and lightly sand in between each coat. 

Step 5: Distress – using a sanding block or sander and a fine grit sandpaper (the higher the number, the finer the grit), distress the edges that would normally have wear over the years like the table legs, table top edges, a few spots on the top.

Step 6: Protect – sealing will give it a nice finish and allow you to easily clean it. In a well ventalated area, brush on several coats (I did 5 coats) of polyurethane satin clear protectant, letting dry and lightly sanding in between. Finally, let dry for 24 hours before bringing inside. 

Not bad for a weekend project! I love the transformation and don’t know why I waited so long!

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Thanks for visiting Doused in Pink, a Chicago style blog. I am here to bring simple style tips and outfit inspiration to help you elevate your everyday style. You will also find posts on the best beauty products, wellness, DIY projects and decorating ideas. My goal is that you leave feeling like you learned something new that helps you feel confident when you walk out the door.

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