We have a local auction house that has an auction every Sunday, its usually pretty bad but every once in awhile they have an item that is worth purchasing. Unfortunately with the constant lockdowns the auction is online only, so I purchased this little round vintage accent table without viewing it and it looked pretty great online.
It is pretty great actually but the previous owners had “prepped” it for the auction by quickly gluing it together and unfortunately they did not bother to make it level. No problem its just a few extra steps and even better Hubs said he’d do it for me. I love the style of this vintage table and knew immediately where I want to do with it.
Dismantling and Repairing a Vintage Round Table
Supplies We Used
Gorilla Glue, Cargo Cord
120 & 150 Sandpaper
Fusion Mineral Paint, Limestone (cream) and Picket Fence (white)
Taking the table apart is pretty easy. We were able to cautiously and carefully pry apart every seam with little trouble. For some of the badly glued wood seams we had to insert the blade of an utility knife into the wood seams, but the majority of the glued point fell apart with a little twist.
Once we had the table dismantled we took 120 grit sandpaper and removed all the glue residue in the seams. Then Hubs got busy putting it together, being careful to use a level to keep everything even and balanced.
Starting at the base Hubs began by gluing the four legs into the lower base using Gorilla wood glue. There wasn’t an easy way to use even large clamps to hold all four legs together while the glue dried. Instead we used a large cargo strap and with me making sure it stayed level Hubs tightened the strap to hold it in place. We left it overnight to dry.
The next day Hubs placed the remaining parts together using Gorilla glue to hold them in place, and made sure the table base was perfectly level before placing the table top on.
The table top fit on using wooden pegs, we kept turning the table and placing the level on top, the third time the table top was finally level.
The table was not hard to put together, it just took some persistence, but it was not hard to complete. Hubs did it in a couple of hours.
Once the table was on I filled and sanded some wood cracks using wood filler. Smoothed them with 120 grit sandpaper and then finished the preparations by sanding the remaining parts of the table with the 120 sandpaper just to remove the shine.
Refinishing a Round Vintage Farmhouse Style Accent Table
Now that the table is back together it is really easy to finish.
Begin with a coating of zinsser primer, I did not sand it off afterwards.
Then I added a complete coat of Fusion mineral paint in Limestone. Limestone is a light creamy colour. To fully cover the table I let it dry for two hours and then added a second coat of Raw Silk.
Once the Raw Silk is dry sand it lightly with 150 grit sandpaper.
Apply a third coat using Fusion mineral paint in Picket Fence. I think Picket Fence is the brightest white colour Fusion sells so of course its my favorite. Apply the Picket Fence lightly without looking for full coverage. This allows hints of raw silk to peak through.
Let the table dry overnight, the next day using 150 grit sandpaper distress the entire table so that the Limestone shows through the Picket Fence.
The blog has been very quiet lately because both Hubs and I have been busy refreshing our home. This little table is part of our living room update and we are excited to show you the before and afters.
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If you love white farmhouse wood decor as much as I do, this is a simple DIY farmhouse craft to try this weekend. I love mine enough I want to make another one.
Part of why were refinishing our home is wall damage, I built two of these small farmhouse doors, one now sits behind the table, and the second one is outside.
The little grey backdrop is a pallet project I made for a Fall table centerpiece.