Gold Dipped Drop Leaf Table Makeover

Over a year ago I bought this little number off of Kijiji. When I received it, the top had more damage to the veneer than I anticipated, and I knew it was going to take a big effort to update, so it sat… For over a year, until the right person just happened to notice it in this photo I posted on my Instagram.


You can hardly see it and it’s details on the left hand side of this photo but my customer had an eye for pretty things!

Here it is before I got to work, it really became a catch all in my garage… so neglected 😦


 I have never stripped veneer off of furniture before, but I knew it could be a challenge.  So I got out some high grit stand paper and a flat knife and began peeling.  I peeled with the knife what I could and oh how satisfying it was to peel off a big chunk of veneer, but there were moments where I fully had to sand down the veneer – two and a half later I had finished just the middle section! 😳
I missed taking pictures of this process, as I was fully focused on the grunt work.  But once I had it smooth and sanded, i moved onto sanding those legs.

I needed a break from the top, so after sanding down and prepping the legs I used my favourite gold spray paint and lightly added layers of gold, letting fully dry before each coat.  Once the spray paint had fully dried, i measured and taped off where I wanted the legs to be dipped to and began painting the rest of the base.  I primed each step with Zinssers stain blocker.  When you’re tackling really old furniture it’s almost a guarentee that it will bleed, especially if veneer is involved and your bright white colour (or whatever colour you’re using) will dry to have a gross yellow look to it – and no matter how many coats of paint, it wont go away.  So you’ll save paint, time and your sanity if you just use a primer/stain blocker from the get go!   The veneer was in really good condition on the actual drop leafs and since I was painting the whole thing I ended up leaving that veneer and just sanded it down.  Although I was using chalk paint, sometimes it’s still necessary to sand furniture.  I much prefer to sand down old surfaces to get the years of grease, and grime off rather than scrubbing it down!  During this process there were a couple edges that I had to fill with wood filler and smooth out, but that’s a much easier process than stripping the veneer!

Here’s a quick shot of the table flipped and the coats of the stain blocker and fat paint.  Being a drop leaf, I had to make sure the underneath looked just as pretty as the top!  I did end up lightly painting the hinges too, but just lightly so that they wouldn’t lock up.

Once I flipped her back over, i finished the table tops using a couple coats of stain blocker and a couple coats of Warm White Fat Paint.  I do use a synthetic bristle brush when using chalk paint – as a roller soaks up and wastes so much.  So I do end up with some brush strokes.  My secret to smoothing down brush strokes is using a slightly damp sanding sponge between coats.  Make sure your paint is fully dry before doing so, and lightly sand over your surface wiping as you go.  It creates such a nice buttery finish.  I used multiple coats of General Finishes Flat Top Coat on the entire piece.  It goes on so nicely and provides such a great top coat.  It’s my favourite!
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I had the table finished for a couple days and it was just hanging out in my garage before i could deliver it and I thought it needed a special touch.  So I used my Silhouette Cameo to add a special little pop inside the drawer.

Please ignore my terrible garage shoes – i’ve stolen them from my hubby – and they’re awesome and terrible lol.
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Now this wonderful piece is in it’s new home over at Greater Goods and it’s so perfect in this space.  It was such a pleasure to make something for them to display so many local pretties on!  This labor of love was 100% worth the work!!

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