I can’t stop with the drop leaf tables. There’s more where this one came from too! This is another one that we picked up in Brimfield. It is the perfect size in my opinion. I like drop leafs for their versatility. This one is petite when closed. Just right for a cottage beach house kitchen that can open up to accommodate additional diners around the table. However it could also make a really functional sofa table that can open up as a game table or home office if need be. Anyway, enough imagining its future life. Let’s discuss its former.
When I acquired the table, it felt really primitive to me. Too primitive for my taste. It needed color. A little pizazz.
I started with a coat of tricycle MMS milk paint which is such a good, vibrant red. Why I haven’t I used it in so long? However, red on this piece still felt primitive. I punched it up with french enamel MMS milk paint, a gorgeous light blue that I also don’t seem to use enough.
The twist, though, is that I created a resist once again using hemp oil. Just like the last drop leaf I painted. The red peaks through in just a few chipping spots on the legs and apron of the table.
I considered staining the top with curio, the dark brown MMS milk paint. It is getting increasingly popular as a stain for table tops and dresser tops. But it turns out that just a coat of hemp oil did the trick to revive the dehydrated wood top. I love the nicks in the top too. It gives so much authenticity.
Ahh, the magic of hemp oil!
This table is for sale at West End Garage in Cape May. The chairs are not. They’re mine! The entire Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint product line is also available so you can achieve this look on your own piece of furniture.
Have you made over any furniture lately?
4 thoughts on “another day, another drop leaf”
i love this little table! and i laughed when i saw the post because my post tomorrow is images of a drop leaf with two bentwoods.
Lol! We’re trendsetters.
I was browsing around your site today and this post made me smile as I just posted about a drop leaf table on my blog this week and also mentioned using it as a sofa table but having it available for extra table starting is needed.
I am really enjoying your blog.
Glad you found us Dorene!