Curbside Tilt Top Table

My heart was pounding when Mr. Frugalista brought this tilt top table with drop leafs home. It was sitting curbside with a Take Me sign at the end of our neighbor's driveway. No twisting my arm! We were in need of a small side table in our living room and this fit the bill perfectly. But first, this little Curbside Find Flip Top Table needed some TLC.

Curbside Tilt Top Drop Leaf Table Makeover

A Curbside Tilt Top Table Makeover

Prepping the table for paint

This is what the table looked like when we got it. After cleaning the table with warm soapy water, I removed the glossy finish with a liquid Deglosser. Next, I patched the knicks and scratches with Dynamic Dyna Patch filler.

Curbside Tilt Top Table prepped for paint

Apply first coat of chalk paint

I brushed two light coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Pure White.

Drop leaf table with white base coat

Top coat of chalk paint

Once the white was completely dry, I applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a beautiful red color called Emperor's Silk on both the table top and feet.

Curbside Tilt Top Table chalk painted red and white

Changing the plan to a white scalloped border

As often happens midway through a project, I changed my mind and decided the scalloped edge looked better painted white.

Curbside drop leaf table chalk painted

Adding stencil detail to the top

Once it was painted the top felt like it needed something. I found a Damask stencil at Michaels and using more of the Pure White chalk paint, I dabbed the paint on with a stencil brush. The trick to stenciling is having very little paint on the brush to avoid paint bleed. One stencil down!

Stenciling a curbside drop leaf table

Once all the stencils were applied and the paint was dry, I lightly distressed the table around the scalloped edges, base, and feet with a fine grit sanding block.

Curbside Til Top Table After Makeover

Protecting the finish

The entire table was protected with Miss Mustard Seed's Clear Beeswax and buffed to a matte finish. To give the table an aged appearance, I applied a light coat of dark wax and wiped away the excess. It added so much depth to the red chalk paint.

Curbside Tilt Top Drop Leaf Table

I love this table - it's one of my favorites in our living room. Having a small footprint in our living room it's nice to be able to drop the sides so it doesn't take up as much room when not in use.

Curbside Tilt Top Table After

If you saw this table at the side of the curb, would you have picked it up?

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