Have any of you tried the Marketplace feature on Facebook yet? I just started browsing there recently and stumbled across an adorable wooden table with delicate turned legs and a scalloped tabletop. Unfortunately, I don’t have a head-on before shot because the post was taken down once I purchased it.
I do have a pretty comical photo of the table coming home with me in The Marshmallow (our truck).
Isn’t the top just so pretty?
I crawled underneath with my wrench and tightened up all of the rusty nuts. The table had become wobbly over time, but a quick couple of rounds with the wrench fixed that.
Check out the levers that pull out to support the leaves. One of them stuck pretty badly, but it dislodged with a few gentle taps from my hammer. The more I’ve been opening and closing it, the looser it’s getting.
I really liked the look of the original wood and didn’t want to paint over it. The table still needed a little “something” though. I’ve always liked the Park Hill style or Restoration Hardware look on furniture. Just a simple white wash on lighter wood pieces is gorgeous.
To replicate the look in my budget, I grabbed my wax brush and Miss Mustard Seed’s White Wax.
If you’ve never used it before, it looks like marshmallow fluff! (Just don’t eat it.)
Using a relatively heavy hand, I applied the white wax all over the table in a swirl pattern, working it into all of the nooks and crannies in the wood. I went back in left to right strokes so the wax didn’t dry in swirls. After covering the table, I let the wax sit overnight and then buffed it gently with one of Marc’s old t-shirts.
In my last wreath shipment, I ordered two 24″ dried mountain sage wreaths. I was a bit surprised when I opened up the box and saw how prickly the edge of each leaf is. I thought that sage had rounded edges and was relatively soft. Perhaps the mountain variety has thorns instead? I had considered sending it back, but then I thought the light green color would look soft and wonderful up against the white waxed table.
I tried putting various smalls on the table but nothing looked quite right, so perhaps less really was more for this makeover!
I just love how the original wood still shows through but it has a softer appearance now with the white wax. Every little scratch, nick, ding, and gouge is there in all their glory.
All in all, it took roughly 2 – 3 hours to tighten, clean, and wax the table. If you have a wood piece at home that had a decent grain to it, you should see what a few hours and a little bit of Miss Mustard Seed’s White Wax will do!
This table and my two mountain sage wreaths will be for sale at Rooted in New London.