I went to an estate sale on a chilly day back in January. After looking through the house, I took a brief walk through the attached carport and from a distance something large caught my eye. It was on top of a table but leaning against something. As I got closer, I realized that it was a badly damaged pedestal table with a leather-covered piecrust-edge top. The pedestal was still attached to the top, but the four legs were either damaged or broken off entirely. How sad! This was once a beautiful mahogany table….too bad it was beyond repair….but wait, it was not beyond repurposing! It would make an awesome chalkboard! Since this was the second day of the sale, everything was half-price…..it cost me $1.50.
Here’s the table turned upside down in the back of my vehicle. My sweet husband is taking the broken pedestal off the bottom of the tabletop. See the broken legs sticking out of the end of the pedestal?
Once he got the pedestal off and I got the table top out of the vehicle and into some decent light, this is what I had to work with.
The wood was very dry, there was a bad split on the edge and the leather was extremely dirty.
Pretty sad, huh?
First, I glued and clamped the split edge.
Next I addressed the dryed-out wood by re-staining the edge. See what a difference the stain is making?
Originally I thought that I would just apply chalkboard paint directly over the leather, so I tried to clean the leather. Nothing worked! Since the leather was already trying to peel off, I just decided to take it off completely. That left me with raw wood. The chalkboard paint directions said that raw wood would need to be primed….. I sanded and primed…..
Finally I was able to apply the chalkboard paint….I used three coats, letting each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next. Then I broke-in the surface by rubbing it with the side of a piece of chalk and then erased.
I added a wire hanger system to the back, making sure that the wire would support the 12-pound top and that the screws weren’t so long that they would penetrate the front.
So a badly damaged mahogany piecrust-edge pedestal table…..
Becomes a beautiful Piecrust Chalkboard……..
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