Vintage maple gate leg table; from Colonial to Cottage style

Such a darling little gate leg table, but VERY Colonial style.

And, as is the case quite often with vintage tables, the legs are in pretty good shape, but the top is quite damaged.  And when you are re-doing furniture to hopefully sell at a profit, ‘time is money’ so you don’t want to spend DAYS fixing up on small item.  Sanding off an old finish and repainting a table top is a pretty quick and easy job.  The LEGS, if they need refinishing are the budget buster, taking a LOT of time.  Hence, when shopping for project tables, look for GOOD LEGS.  Just about ANY top can be a quick fix.

On this table, when I sanded off the finish on the top, the stain came off too, and the wood was very pale.  Applied two coats of white paint, then sanded to distress.  Usually that is ALL I need to do.  but this time the top was just too pale to coordinate with the dark maple finish on the legs.  So I applied a quick coat (brushed on and IMMEDIATELY wiped off!) of maple stain to the painted white and sanded top.

And while I had the stain out anyhow, I touched up a few tiny knicks and scratches on the legs.

A couple of coats of matte varnish to the table top and this Colonial to Cottage transformation is complete!

 It blends perfectly with the other cottage white decor I’m currently featuring in my space at Stars.

Priced at $58.00.

And just to the right of it is the end table I posted about a short while ago; the one Michael dragged home.

Primitive table do-over to shabby Paris chic style bistro table

This table has been around for YEARS. It’s one of the very first things I made when we opened our store. We bought the metal base at a yard sale; painted it black. Michael scrounged the plywood top and attached it.

Back then, ‘ black and mustard’ were my go to colors, but I was just learning to use latex paints (as opposed to acrylic craft paints) and the table just never was ‘quite right’.

It looked ‘splotchy’ instead of aged to me. I had always intended to just take it home and repaint the top. But it was such a PERFECT size and shape table for creating a focal point display on, I ended up just throwing a table-cloth on top and using it until we closed the store a few months ago. Now I HAD to do something with it!

So I gave it a good sanding, and repainted it a nice creamy soft beige. Then gave it some oomph with a fleur-de-lis foam stamp. I use a SPONGE to apply paint to my stamp. It’s quicker and easier than using a paint brush. And an old grocery coupon book makes a perfect paint palette!

I can usually get 3 imprints from each loading. Of course, I am going for a faded look and will be sanding off some of the ‘heavier’ prints. (First print is usually the darkest, then lighter and lighter. By sanding over them all at the end though, I even it out a bit.)

I always use a hand-held orbital sander, but you could sand by hand if necessary. If hand sanding, I recommend a COARSE sanding block.

After ‘evening out’ my stamped print, I decided I wanted to distress the entire table a bit, so I sanded some more all over.

That line on the left of the table is a shadow.

A couple of coats os satin varnish for protection and we’ve gone from ‘mustard BLAH’ to OOoo00oo~ la~ LA!  (sorry about the flash glare!)

This little beauty is just waiting for our bigger space to become available at Stars.  (hopefully within a month!)  And I just finished three more smaller round tables to complement it.