Oak Pedestal Table Makeover

oak pedestal table apron closeup

Today’s project is a little different because it’s a refresh to a small area of my kitchen.  I was no longer feeling this previously painted pedestal table, so it was time to refresh it.

Besides the table makeover, I was also able to add shiplap peel-and-stick wallpaper to the wall, and some farmhouse-y wall decor.  The floor is actually a sheet of vinyl wood-look flooring loosely laying there for the photo.  We are scheduled to have the whole floor replaced with vinyl wood planks in a couple months.

oak pedestal table before

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Painted Pedestal Table in Sea Glass

After I cleaned the table well, I painted 2 coats of Sea Glass right over the white base coat. To paint the base of a pedestal table, it’s easiest to lay the table on its side.  That way the surfaces are more visible and accessible.

I sanded all over with very fine sand paper just to make the surface buttery smooth, and then distressed the edges with coarser sand paper.  This brings out the details.

Distressing also makes sense because when my teens rub their feet on the table feet, it will naturally distress anyhow over time.  So I beat them to the punch, and just incorporate it as part of the look!

oak pedestal table in sea glass

oak pedestal table makeover

I had previously painted my kitchen island in Sea Glass, and added a WoodUBend applique.  Now the island and table coordinate together.

I am not sad that black and white floor is gone!

kitchen island

Painting the Top in Fluff

Standing the table upright, I painted the top and apron with 2 coats of Fluff.  Misting with water on the second coat got the paint down into the grooves.

Again, I sanded it all with very fine sand paper and distressed quite a bit on the apron and the edges. 

Aren’t those carved details standing out so much more?  I have to confess I love a distressed white paint finish.  It just speaks to my soul.

It gives that well-loved lived-in look that feels homey and cozy.  Not fussy at all.

oak pedestal table apron closeup

oak pedestal table top

After making sure all the sanding dust was cleaned off, I sealed the whole table with 2 coats of Clear Coat in Satin. 

While Gator Hide is more durable, I am not worried about wear and tear.  You know I like the character of aged and worn furniture by now.

I reupholstered the chairs about 5 years ago.  The fabric came from JoAnn Fabrics, and I still love it to this day.

The paint on the chairs is still the factory finish.  They are a bit yellower than the table, so painting those in Fluff some day has been added to the bottom of my to-do list. 

I got a sprayer for Christmas, so the chairs may be my first sprayed project to experiment and learn from.

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UPDATE: We completed our kitchen renovation!  If you’d like to see the new floors, backsplash and Dixie Belle painted cabinets, head on over to my kitchen guide post.

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12 thoughts on “Oak Pedestal Table Makeover”

  1. Hi Shannon! I found your link over on the Tuesday Turn About link party and just had to click!! I am a furniture painter and restorer too! You did a great job on your table – love the blue on the base!!

    • Hi Cindy,
      Thanks! I took a quick peek at your website, and I’ll have to go back for a deeper dive. I love your style! xo Shannon


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