At a recent auction, I spotted an old drop leaf table that was in desperate need of some TLC. I love to find used and weathered items and give them new life. Older furniture built with solid wood have great bones, durability, and amazing character. Here is my bargain $20.00 treasure!
There were four castors on the table. Unfortunately, they could not be saved. It appeared that the table had at some point been in water. The castors were too rusted and damaged. I worked very hard to restore them, but finally came to the conclusion that I needed to remove them. I used a bit of wood putty to fill in the holes and cracks that remained after removing the castors. (Pardon the cluttered in this picture! I think my sewing/craft area needs some organizing!!)
I was really nervous about removing the castors. I was afraid that the legs would be too damaged for repair. Notice the wood braces that support the leaves when extended.
It took several tools and a lot of pulling and prying to remove the castors.
Would the table be level after removing the castors? Yes!! Level, steady, and solid!!
And here is the refinished table. I used my favorite paint, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Coco on top of the table and Old White on the legs and underside with clear wax.
I did not repair all the cracks or replace all missing pieces of wood. Those are what add character to these old pieces of furniture.
The table has found a home in the spare bedroom. I love it! It warms my heart to think that I was able to save this great table. I am in the process of rearranging the spare bedroom and adding some new (old) items. Can’t wait to show you how fabulous an old screen door looks in here!
Thanks for stopping by. Hooray for summer!!!
Until next time,