How To Make (& Paint) A Pedestal Table

We’re pleased to bring you another exciting transformation, this time in the form of a table. The story begins when we purchased an old rickety game table at a thrift store for twenty bucks two whole years ago. We hated the old scruffy square top, but immediately knew the chunky wooden pedestal had potential. For a while we just topped it with a bigger square of wood and painted it black so it could serve as a dining room table. But it was eventually replaced with a rectangular one when we shifted the dining room into the living room, and the ol’ table happily lived in the garage for a while.

But with the warmer weather blowing in, John and I were just talking about how nice it would be to have dinner outside sans bugs and we realized that sunroom + table = dinner outside sans bugs. So we picked up a round tabletop for 40 bucks at Lowe’s and popped it onto the pedestal of yesteryear and presto:

Then all it needed was a coat of oil based primer, two coats of white semi-gloss paint followed by a few light coats of water based polyurethane to keep it food and drink friendly. And the best thing is that we had four of these fun Eames-esque chairs in the garage just waiting to be recycled in some form and two of them work perfectly for our new dining nook in the sunny sunroom (they used to be blonde wood, but we painted them to match our table).

And for all you big picture people, here’s the wide shot so you can see it in context:


  1. says

    WOW that looks amazing!! I am in love with your sunroom. I had one when I was really young and haven’t lived in a house with one since, and I had so many great memories in our sunroom!

  2. says

    I’ve been reading your posts for a few weeks now and I just can’t get over how much work you do on your house on a continual basis! The additions you make on your house are just beautiful, you must have a never ending supply of creativity….do you ever just watch tv and do nothing?? :o)I feel super lazy and uncreative after reading your blog, but also inspired! Thanks so much for posting.

  3. YoungHouseLove says

    Hey peeps,

    Thanks for all the kind words. It’s amazing what a few coats of paint can do. We can’t wait to have dinner there tonight. Now to decide what to make…

    Sherry (who totally watches her fair share of TV, Jackie!)

  4. says

    Recently found your blog … LOVE IT! So much fun to read … great pictures, beautiful decorating … super fresh. Keep up the good work. Oh, and I too am very envious of your sunroom!

  5. YoungHouseLove says

    Hey girls,

    So glad you enjoyed our little table project. As the weather warms up there will be plenty of sunroom and outdoor projects to be completed so stay tuned…


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