My house is by no means grand. In fact, I’d say it’s on the smallish side. That means I am constantly looking for ways to improve the function and flow. Our main floor is mostly one open space made up of the entry, living room, dining room and kitchen. The dining “room” is actually just a small space located between the kitchen and living room.
Last year, I found a great farm style table for my dining room at the Goodwill. I gave it a makeover and you can see that here. I really loved that table, but being long and narrow, it just didn’t make the best use of our small square shaped dining space. I had been thinking that a round pedestal table with an extension (to make it oval) would really work well, and provide good flow in the space. Pedestal tables are nice because seating can go all the way around and there are no dead corners where the legs are. Also, having a leaf really makes the table flexible in terms of size.
So, for the past several months, I have been on the hunt for the perfect table. I was so excited when I spotted this table at the Goodwill for just $20. Yes, you read that right, $20, for a solid oak table in great condition. The size was just right, and it still had its leaf (lots of times the leaf is missing). I liked the big chunky pedestal and the rounded feet on the base. It’s vintage, but not really old, maybe from the 70’s.
This is the before.
Here is the “after” in my dining “room.”
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The table was in good condition, but as with most used dining tables, it had its fair share of gunk on it. So, my first step was to give it a good cleaning. I have been using a new (to me) product for cleaning my furniture in preparation for paint. It’s called Krud Kutter Original Cleaner/Degreaser, and I love it. It’s great for getting grease and dirt out of small nooks and crannies. You spray it on and quite literally see the dirt dripping off. It also acts as a bit of a deglosser which is nice for prepping for paint. It’s my new go to product for de-gunkifying furniture. Yes, that’s a word. Ha!
After a thorough cleaning, I let the table dry in the sun and then gave it a sanding with 120 grit sandpaper. I wiped it down again and then primed with B-I-N Shellac Base Primer. I painted it with 3 coats of General Finishes milk paint with a 50/50 mix of Antique White and Snow White, sanding in between coats with 220 grit. I sealed it with 4 coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Flat. I also sanded in between coats of topcoat with 400 grit sandpaper for a super smooth finish. This table will get daily use by barbarians, so I had to make sure to give it a good protective top coat. : ) General Finishes is my favorite.
I wanted a nice clean and fresh look, so I did not distress this piece at all.
I don’t go too crazy with fall decorating, but like to add seasonal florals and pumpkins. I’m keeping my favorite blue and white palette, and adding in some muted greens. Also, neutral tones and lots of texture to make things cozy.
I have the table set with candles, faux and real pumpkins placed on top of turned wood candle holders.
The tall holder in the middle with the white pumpkin is part of a set from Antique Farmhouse. The rest are Goodwill finds that I have been collecting. The blue glasses are from World Market. I have been looking for vintage blue glasses like this, but no luck so far. I think these look vintage, and I really love them.
I kept the place settings simple with DIY no sew napkins, thrifted and vintage plates, and a sprig of seeded eucalyptus. I bought a huge bunch of the eucalyptus from Trader Joe’s for just $2.50. Can’t beat that.
I picked up a few muted green pumpkins from Marshalls. I thought they were made of wood, but when I dropped one (before even getting it into my house) and it shattered into a millions pieces, I discovered otherwise.
The white pumpkins are “Casperita” and are from my garden. The vintage scale was a lucky Goodwill find.
The table is working really well for us, and I think it’s a keeper.
Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy Fall to you!