Little Red Drop Leaf Table

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It was a warm spring evening, the sun was just beginning to set.  Thunder rumbled in the distance. Everything was quiet when suddenly the phone rings breaking the eerie stillness. The person on the other end of the line was my sister.  She sounded a bit out of breath and there was an urgency in her tone.

Little Red Drop Leaf Table

Someone had left furniture out in the trash, would I be interested?

I was beginning to see her urgency. Yes, and there is no time to lose. Half hour later, as the rain drops were just beginning to fall, I get the call…the furniture has been saved.

Pulled in from the curbside was this dining chair, striped drop leaf table and 2 country painted, press backed oak chairs.

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First up for rescue was the cute little drop leaf table. Solid wood and extremely sturdy, it deserved to be rescued from the trash.

Because I was painting this table a dark color, the entire top had to be stripped and sanded of all it’s paint.

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If my final paint choice had been white then only the stripes would have needed to be sanded down.  The edge where the paint stripes ended would have left just a slight ridge, just enough to be noticed under another coat of paint.

Paint remover took off the paint fairly easily followed by a nice sanding.

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I left the legs white but sanded down all the edges where I wanted to have the black chalk paint show thru.

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Kind of messy but painted just the edges with the black chalk paint.

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The entire table was given a coat of red chalk paint.

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I decided against having too many bare spots/ black paint spots in the middle of the table but the edges were given a nice sanding to allow the black paint to shine through as well as some of the bare wood of the table.

Followed up the painting and sanding with a coat of antique tinted wax.

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I’ve already finished the single chair that was part of the curbside rescue but I’m not quite sure what to do with the pair of chairs, their seats are badly split. I’m still pondering those two.

Have a great week and I’ll see you back here on Thursday.

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  • peggy says:

    Great rescue. Red and black look so good like that. My kitchen cabinets are done in reverse.

    • Joan says:

      I like the idea of reversing the colors or actually anything in red and black. I might just have to steal your idea.

  • Debbie says:

    I love your drop leaf table!! Have you refinished any Singer Sewing Machine Drawers? LOoking for some great ideas.

    • Joan says:

      I have an old Singer sewing machine but it works great so I haven’t dismantled it to use for parts. Having said that, I have seen sewing machine drawers used for wall shelves and centerpieces, both look fantastic. You’ll get some great ideas on Pinterest.

  • Ann says:

    Love this transformation. I think it was a great idea to do just the edges with the black paint. Very nice.

  • Patty Soriano says:

    Gotta love a sister like that!! This red table is great — hope I can get a set of red chairs to look half as good. someone gave me a set of 6, all painted red. Too hard to paint over, but maybe some black here and there to tone it down. I love the look you’re created. Thanks SO much for sharing !!

  • Curbside treasures are the best. The table looks so pretty now.

  • What a sweet sister. That’s so funny that she was actually out of breath. Your painting techniques never cease to amaze me. Love the new red table and aren’t those drop leafs great space savers?

  • Gotta love the curbside treasures! You added so much character and charm to the table and chairs. Red is my favorite color so I’m swooning over that table! Great tip to paint just around the edges and where you want the base coat to peek through rather than the entire piece.

  • Beverly says:

    What a great curbside rescue. Those are the best kind. It turned out beautiful.

  • Melanie says:

    What a great sister! Love that she’s watching out for you 🙂 I think you made the right choice leaving the distressing to the edges only–looks very natural! I love the black peeking through, great makeover! Thanks so much for linking up to Friday’s Furniture Fix 🙂

  • Vanessa D. says:

    I really like the finish on this piece. It’s eye catching but still more subtle than red usually is. It looks so much nicer than the original stripes did!

  • Liz R. says:

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! You have inspired me to tackle a few pieces of my own. It’s amazing what color can do! Thank you for sharing your talents with us! What is the brand/name of the red you used?

  • Joan says:

    So happy you liked it. That red chalk paint was actually a bottle I picked up at Walmart! Waverly Chalk Paint in Crimson. Have fun with your projects.