Drop Leaf Table Makeover

It’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day!  This month our theme is red, white, or blue.  Isn’t that perfect since it’s almost Memorial Day weekend?  I purchased a drop leaf table at an estate sale a few months ago and gave it a makeover in white.

This table was owned by our former neighbor, a Hellcat pilot in WWII.  He has since died, but we still have one more WWII veteran on our street who was in the 38th infantry division and fought in the Philippines.  He still drives and does well for his age.  He loves Sherman and if he’s on his porch, Sherman always goes to visit him.

This table started out in good condition other than a few scratches here and there.  Is it just me or does the original drawer pull look like a bat?

Drop Leaf Cherry End Table

After lightly sanding the piece, I painted it with several coats of Simply White plaster paint followed by paste wax, both from The Plaster Paint Company.


Here she is with her updated look!

This table got an update with paint and new drawer hardware.  Get the details at virginiasweetpea.com.

My friend, Suzanne, who just started her history and food blog, Appetite 4 History, loaned me one of her vintage turquoise lamps for my pictures.  She has a pair of these that she keeps in her guest room.  Isn’t this a pretty lamp?  The book is also hers.  🙂

This table got an update with paint and a new drawer pull.  virginiasweetpea.com


Opening the leaves of the table greatly expands the surface of the top.  I like that one or both sides can be opened when more room is needed.Drop leaf table update with paint.

The mercury glass knob is from World Market.  We don’t have World Market in my town, so Suzanne kindly shopped for a knob for this piece when she recently took a day trip to Charlottesville.

Mercury glass drawer hardward on a drop leaf table updated with paint.


Suzanne highly recommends All the Light We Cannot See and I hope to borrow it from her this summer.

The silver bowl was my dad’s and was given to my grandfather by the senior glass of William Byrd High School in Vinton when my dad was almost a year old.  It was a surprise for my grandfather when he received the gift that the seniors had invited my grandmother and my dad to be there. Freddie Ahalt engraved bowl from 1941.


The other side of the bowl says, “Senior Class 1941”.

The spanish moss ball in the vintage planter is an easy DIY.  My mom passed this planter on to me a long time ago when I started a collection.

Engraved bowl from 1941

I’m really please with this table’s updated look.  If you like this post, please pin it for others to discover.

A drop leaf table gets a makeover with paint.  virginiasweetpea.com


Now you can enjoy what my friends are sharing for this red, white, or blue challenge.  Click on the links below to visit each project.


  1. Love this little table. Wish I lived nearby so I could snatch it up for my den. Congrats on a great makeover. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Thanks, Susie! I don’t have a spot for it so I hope someone will spot it in my shop and need it for their home.

  2. I’ve heard the guys on Antique Roadshow call those brass pulls that look like bats “batwing brasses.” And the table looks great! And THANK YOU for mentioning my blog!

    1. I was right that the pull looks like a bat! I’m keeping it because you never know when it might come in handy for another project.

  3. Wow Paula, this table looks sooo much better painted white and that knob is the perfect finishing touch! I love how you styled it, too! Pinned!

  4. I love that color that you picked! It definitely refreshes it quite a bit! So fun Suzanne started a blog and let you borrow some of her items for props! It came together beautifully!

    1. Thanks, Megan! Suzanne is a gifted writer and she’s great at research so I know she’s going to have some great history posts. You should check out what she posted today. It’s sad but interesting.

    1. Thanks, Marie! I’d like to run across the same lamps when I’m out antiquing. I’d buy them in a heart beat!

  5. The table looks fantastic! And I love the knob, perfect for the table! That lamp is a beauty, too! Nice of your friend to loan it! Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend! ~Rhonda

    1. Thanks, Jen! I’m hoping that someone will think the same thing when I finally get it to my shop.

  6. We have an antique Pembroke table from England that has the same shape. I’ve ben thnking of painting it since the finish is awful. Now I know what it would look like! Love your fresh makeover. Pinned and sharing:)

    1. Thanks, Wendi! I’ll bet that white would make your antique table look more coastal for your Florida home.

    1. Thanks, Christy! I’d like to keep the lamp but I think that Suzanne would notice that it was missing from her guest room. 🙂

  7. Never fails to amaze me what coat of paint will do for piece of furniture. Kinda like when woman puts make up on who doesn’t usually wear make up. I’d sure love to find such nice drop leaf table I could fix up, would be very handy at our house.
    Your table is so, so pretty with her new color and drawer knob, great choice for both. You did beautiful job making her pretty.
    We don’t have lot of popular stores in Grand Junction most people are used to having. We lived in San Diego areas for 21 yrs. where everybody is used to hopping from one shopping center to another. Have never been to an IKEA so when we go to S.D. next month to see oldest son and his boys I want to go to an IKEA and the beach. We haven’t been back to San Diego for long time.
    Are you and yours doing something fun this holiday weekend? Sure hope so. Enjoy yourselves and relax.

  8. The drawer pull did look like a bat 🙂 Looks lovely now, with it’s white finish and silver knob. What did you think of the Plaster Paint Wax? Back when I used wax it was my favorite one–I loved the way it smells 🙂 Great job freshening up the table!

  9. Pingback: Tips & Tricks Link Party #70 - My Life by Jess

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.