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Drop Leaf Table

Last week a lovely friend messaged to ask if I had a dining table in my stash. And of course I did… it was just under a pile of book week sewing projects, Harry’s preschool art works from the entire year to date and three bags of clothes ready for the op shop. I got rid of all that stuff (ok, so I just put it on top of another table) and finished this table.

drop leaf table

I do love a drop leaf table. The idea that you can fold down the sides and push it into a corner make them such a great piece for small spaces. And this one is small enough to work both as a dining room table and also a desk – I’d been using it as a sewing table… fold out when I’m cutting and pinning, fold down when I’m sewing. I actually have another sitting in the garage, it’s just that it’s in terrible condition with what seems like a million coats of terrible paint that need to be removed. So it’s been put off for a day that I’m ready to tackle stripping!

drop leaf table 2

I used Minwax Stain in Provincial for the table top, a new to me product I found at Masters. I love the colour, the dark undertones are perfect, and the product was really easy to use. Eventually! I was planning to have this finished last week but my first go at staining was a complete fail. While I did read the instructions I didn’t actually think about what I needed to do (I know that doesn’t really make sense; I really did read the instructions, but you know, didn’t apply them properly!). I painted on the stain with a brush, left it for a while and then wiped off. Even after 24 hours the table top was slightly tacky – it looked lovely but if you ever actually wanted to use the table it just wasn’t going to work. So, an afternoon of sanding and I started again. This time I did small sections. painted it on very thinly and wiped off almost immediately with a lint free cloth. Much better! I’m loving the stain colour and have it tucked away as an idea for my own dining table. If I ever get to it!

I used Annie Sloan Pure White for the frame, lightly distressing it and finishing with clear wax.


drop leaf table 3

So, the lovely old wardrobes that are in the garage didn’t even get a look in over the weekend, and though I did look seriously at the two  little round tables I have, neither of them saw a paint brush! It’s a slow process for me… painting has to fit in around all the other stuff that needs to get done!

Hope you’re having a great week


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