It's the DIY Furniture Girls first themed makeover of 2016. I promise there is going to be lots of inspiration in Shades of White to kick start your creative juices. Last month, the spotlight was on Storage & Organization and my DIY Gift Cart Wrap was a big hit. In fact, it won the Crates and Pallet Sawdust and Snow contest!
As the deadline was creeping closer, I still didn't have THE piece for this themed makeover. Enter my dad: the finder of lost things. If you've been around awhile, you might have seen all the treasures he's salvaged from bulk pickup for me. This china cabinet and side table are a few of the awesome pieces he's rescued. He's the best!
Last week, he called to tell me THIS beauty of a solid oak pedestal table was sitting curbside. The owners were nice enough to even include the leaf! Needless to say, I dropped everything and ran right over to snag it up!
The gorgeous parquet wood was just too pretty to be covered up with outdated orange colored stain. Starting with 80# paper on my orbital sander, I sanded until the original finish was gone. Then I went back over the entire table with 120# to ensure a smooth surface ready for a new coat of stain.
My favorite stain is the 'One Coat Wonder,' java gel by General Finishes. Only one coat transformed this parquet top!
Next up, tackling the base. I've been on a mission to save the outdated oak and this is the 8th or 9th pedestal table I've saved from this dreaded color.
For the base coat, I used General Finishes milk paint in Antique White.
Next, I applied a glaze and custom color on top to give depth an dimension. Pretty good Restoration Hardware impression if I do say so myself.
You might be thinking the theme for this makeover is Shades of White, right? Since the base coat of the table is white, I'm using artist discretion that the table fits this category. Are you with me?
The weather has been so wonky here in Texas that I was only able to apply one coat of stain. Do you think the top needs one more coat to give more contrast to the base? Or should I leave it as-is. What say YOU?
Layering colors gives such dimension to the plain white and really deepens the color and adds richness. If the original owner saw this outcast now, I think they'd want it back.
A stained top and painted bottom truly is my favorite look. It's classic and timeless and resurrected this outdated oak table like nobody's business. The leaf extends this beauty another 21 inches so more friends can enjoy a gathering at this restyled table.
Stick around for more inspiration from about twenty of my talented friends. I hope you'll find a few projects to pin and share with your friends!