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I have had a few of you ask me about my Gate Leg Table that you’ve seen in my previous Fall Decor Tours.
This was my Thanksgiving Dining Room tour that I posted last year, and you can spy the Gate Leg table off to the right.
You can barely tell from this photo, but the legs are very similar to the buffet hiding out in the back. In fact, I have a larger Gate Leg Dining Table that needs some work, but will hopefully get the same treatment soon.
It started out as a stained table. I know there are some lovely pure wood purist out there, and I get that. However, this guy had seen other days. More importantly, I knew I wanted to match it with the larger table which has large pieces of wood that I have to replace, so stain was not an option. This table was hanging out in a storage locker that hadn’t been opened for a long time. It was really rickety and was covered in dust.
First, After a good cleaning. I used wood glue and clamps to get those notches back in place and to make the legs nice and sturdy again. A boring part of the job, but a necessary evil. Be sure to have your pet pooch watch over your every move. That helps.
It was super hot the day I did this, and the paint dried rapidly. I used Americana Decor in Lace if I remember right.
The first layer always goes on a bit bumpy, but it does level out. I like the AD chalk paint. It’s not as smooth and rich as Annie Sloan, but it’s price tag is mighty different.
Yay, finally covered! Getting in the nooks and crannies is the hardest part.
This was after it was slightly distressed but right before I waxed it. I used the Americana Decor liquid wax, which is totally different than most paste waxes. The wood seemed to absorb it, and it doesn’t have a very noticeable shine. It has worked well though, and has held up to the past year’s wear and tear.
Here it is this year, hanging out for the Fall holidays. I love this little table because it provides the perfect spot for vignettes, but on holidays or a dinner with a lot of guests, we can open it up and it will seat 4 more people!
So what do you think? Are you on the hunt for a gate leg table now?
Want to see more of the furniture I’ve refinished? Here are a few more:
Miss Mustard Seed Luckett’s Green Dresser
Ballard Designs Inspired Arm Chair with Monogram Linen Seat
Make your own barn wood candle holder
Chalk Painted dresser Before & After
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