Thrift Store Clearance Drop-Leaf Table Makeover

Hello beautiful friends and welcome to Furniture Fixer Upper Day! If you’re new around here, welcome! The fourth Thursday of every month I get together with some very talented ladies to bring you furniture flips, so be sure to look for five more awesome makeovers from my friends at the bottom!

I knew this day was coming, and I also knew that I had very little to work with in terms of furniture in my stash, so I set out a few weeks ago to look for something I could redo for this occasion. That was the day I found all these goodies:

The only piece of furniture I came across out of the five thrift stores I visited that day that was worth anything was this gate leg drop leaf table:

Can you see it has a wonky leg hanging down there? I spied this at the thrift store closest to my house the week before priced at $55. I wasn’t interested in redoing a huge drop leaf table so I passed on it. Then when I returned a week later, it was still there and had been marked 50% off. Now ya’ll know I love few things better than finding a clearance deal at the thrift store! Of course it was probably because of its bum leg. That’s more my price though! I figured I could repair it and so for $28, I brought it home.

When I got it unloaded and looked further, the leg was cracked worse than I thought, so I decided instead to remove the legs and side pieces altogether:

Now I was left with a perfectly good and better-functioning table!

Although the table was much more stately with the leaves intact, there are many more uses for a petite table like this.

How about as a cute desk:

Remove the sides of a drop leaf table to reveal a more petite, better functioning table!

Luckily this had the same edging all the way around so you can’t even tell it had two leaves attached to it at one time. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.

Remove the sides of a drop leaf table to reveal a more petite, better functioning table!

For this table I decided to have a little fun on the top using a stencil:

Stenciled table

Isn’t she perty??

The nice people from Stencil Revolution offered to send me some of their stencils to try out, and one that I chose was this beautiful damask floral stencil. I was thinking it might be a possibility for our master bath walls. We have yet to do anything in there and this sparked a few ideas.

I decided to give it a try on this table first. By the way, I am under no obligation to share my thoughts on their products, but this is a very nice quality stencil.

I love the white and blue combination in this print:

For the base I used my beloved Sunken Pool by Behr made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.) I had a few holes to fill from where I removed the extra legs first, and then I gave it two coats of Sunken Pool.

Sunken Pool by Behr

I usually paint in the garage, but with an outside temp of 20º, I decided to move things into my office.

I wanted there to be some separation between the legs and the stencil so I decided to add a white border all the way around the top with the help of my favorite FrogTape:

FrogTape is perfect for painting!

I painted the edges in two coats of Bit of Sugar DIY Chalk paint, also by Behr, then removed the tape while the paint was still wet:

I was so determined to finish this the other night that I stayed up late and worked on the stencil in our living room while I was watching TV. I centered one of the damask patterns and taped the stencil in place with FrogTape.

Then I used a roller made for stenciling to fill in the stencil using my Bit of Sugar chalk paint:

Stenciling a table.

See how big the stencil is? Perfect for creating a fun wallpaper finish in any room.

Here’s what else I used to complete this project… a paper plate with a little paint poured onto it and another plate with a few paper towels on it for blotting the roller:

This worked great. I just rolled the roller in the paint and kept rolling on the paper towels until it was just barely damp with paint. Now normally I would use a spray adhesive to hold the stencil in place and then fill them in with a small brush, but this stencil was just too large since it is really meant to be used on a wall. This method worked great too.

Stenciling a table with stencils from Stencil Revolution.

I had to wait for the paint to dry before I could match up the stencil and keep going. That was the hardest part. Nothing like watching paint dry!

Stenciled table.

I had some raised edges as expected, so I took my rotary sander to the top of the table to smooth everything out using 220 grit sandpaper discs:

The sander made it look a bit worn in places and I like that look.

Remove the sides of a drop leaf table to reveal a more petite, better functioning table!

I sanded the legs by hand and used Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to seal them.

Then I used Dixie Belle’s Clear Satin topcoat to seal the table top, using my favorite brush for applying sealers:

Dixie Belle clear satin topcoat.

I have had that same brush for easily five years. I wrap it in Saran Wrap in between coats, and then I wash it with warm water and a little dish soap when I’m done with it. That keeps it working like new.

Remove the sides of a drop leaf table to reveal a more petite, better functioning table!


Remove the sides of a drop leaf table to reveal a more petite, better functioning table!

The paint was building up on my sanding disc on my sander and I ended up taking up a couple of tiny patches of paint…

Remove the sides of a drop leaf table to reveal a more petite, better functioning table!

But I decided they looked chippy and intentional and they added a little character, so I left them be.

Remove the sides of a drop leaf table to reveal a more petite, better functioning table!


Remove the sides of a drop leaf table to reveal a more petite, better functioning table!


Remove the sides of a drop leaf table to reveal a more petite, better functioning table!


Remove the sides of a drop leaf table to reveal a more petite, better functioning table!

Now I have some extra pieces to play with too!

Remove the sides of a drop leaf table to reveal a more petite, better functioning table!

There were several of you that mentioned to me on Tuesday that you too have a drop leaf table awaiting a makeover. Maybe this is an option for yours?

Transform a drop leaf table into a regular more functional table by removing the sides!

Don’t forget my Furniture Fixer Upper friends have furniture flips to share with you today too! Visit the links below the image to see how their projects turned out. I always look forward to seeing them myself!

1.  Petticoat JUNKtion

2. The Interior Frugalista

3. Girl in the Garage

4.  Just the Woods

5.  Prodigal Pieces

That’s another project done from this group!

I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I did with the Picture!

UPDATE: See what I did with the picture now HERE! 🙂

If you missed any of these makeovers, you can see them here:

$2 Thrift Store Drawer Upcycle

Pretty Thrift Store Mirror Makeover

Weird Tote Makeover

80’s Towel Bar Shelf Repurposed

$10 Thrift Store Wall Cabinet



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Wow, so cute. I actually like it better without the drop leaves. I LOVE the stencil that you used on the top. The table is so fresh looking now. Amazing.

    • Thank you, Mary! It really is such a versatile little table now without those heavy leaves attached. So glad you like it! Enjoy your weekend! XOXO

  2. Well you’re getting through them all 🙂 Love the powder blue, gorgeous and that stencil is HUGE 😮 I need one of those 😉

    • Yeah, girl! It is really nice working through these one by one! And yes that stencil is SO big!! Thanks, Petra…have a great weekend! XOXO

  3. What a fantastic save, Christy. Love the colors and stenciling too. Now, I’m anxious to see what you do with the table leftovers…mwahaha!! ????

  4. Mariele Storm says

    I won’t lie… I loved that shiny, lacquer-look finish it had before! (My inner crow loves all things shiny, and my inner man loves all things wood LOL). But it is a very cute and feminine little desk now. 🙂 That’s one big stencil!

    • Thanks, Mariele! It really was a beauty and in the right home I could see it for sure as it was. Yes that stencil is huge ha ha! XOXO

  5. Christina in SW FL says

    Way to think outside the table! lol Love this! You KNOW I would have freaked with the wood showing through at the end. I like the extra bit of character though. 🙂
    I love how your pieces have so much style after you complete them. I see so many “makeovers” which, when done, they look like they need a makeover… again!
    Love the white and blue. If you put this in your booth, it won’t last long! 🙂
    Have a great rest of the week and weekend.

    • Thank you, Christina! I did freak a bit when that patch came off, but then I did it again in the corner and thought oh well…character! Ha ha. I’m so glad you like the finished table! Enjoy your weekend! XOXO

  6. Martha Rekni says

    I would have done the same thing by taking those drop leafs off. Besides they look like you could repurpose those and make some nice, big wooden signs. 🙂

  7. Marcie Lovett says

    I do love a drop-leaf table, but this is even better! How serendipitous that you were able to recast this one (and we get to see what you build with the leftovers ????). Smaller dining table, console table, entry table, I can see it used in a lot of places.

    That is one big stencil! I vote for using it on the wall. It’s so much faster than wallpaper and when you get tired of it, easy to paint over.

    • Thank you, Marcie! You’re absolutely right; this can be used in so many ways now! And you know I will have fun with the leftovers! I’m thinking this will work great on our bathroom walls…some day! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  8. sharon austin says

    OMG, I LOVE IT!!! And I knew when I saw the first pic that stenciling was going to be involved-LOL. I would so buy that for my cabin if we weren’t states apart. Those pieces you removed would make great wall signs; not that you need any suggestions. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Sharon! I will definitely have fun finding ideas for the leftovers…signs are a great idea! XOXO

  9. Great idea for a big drop leaf! I just love the way you put a different little twist on everything you do; in this case, the stencil with the white border. I get so much inspiration from your posts! I have mimicked a lot of your pieces!

    • Thank you, Susan! I appreciate your thoughtful words so much, and I am thrilled that you have found inspiration here!! XOXO

  10. Awesome, Awesome, Awesome redo!!! You are amazing! ????????????
    And yes I am one of those people that have a drop leaf out in the garage! Can’t wait to rip it apart!
    The sides are so long and heavy, which I didn’t care for, and the odd extra leg! Can’t wait to see what you can do with the left overs! Lol ????
    Good job, A+ Christy ????

    • Aww thank you so much, Kim!! Yes I agree those sides made it look so heavy…it is so much more versatile without them! Can’t wait to play with the leftovers! XOXO

  11. Kristy Yorek says

    You now have so much advertising that pops up while browsing that I can’t get through without taking too much time. I will be unsubscribing.

  12. I was waiting for this drop leaf table makeover and is fabulous! I love the colors and what a perfect stencil design! Beautiful Christy! Pinned! XO

  13. Christy, What a great solution to the wonky table leg! I love the new look and size of this gorgeous beauty now! The wall stencil was ideal for a table top, great idea!

  14. Love what you did to the table. I think a beautiful desk in my bedroom. Thank you and blue is my color.

  15. So cute. Love the colors. I have an unrelated questions, I stained some pallet wood 3 weeks ago and it still has a very strong odor. I’ve put it outside in the wind and sun for over a week and it’s still strong. Tried spaying a sealer on it too. Any suggestions?? Thanks.

    • Thanks, Karen! Yes stain odors can last a while, moreso if you used an oil-based stain. They should eventually go away though…it can take several weeks to months for the off-gassing to stop. You can search more about it, but eventually the odors should go away.

  16. Smart idea to remove the drop leaf. It’s a perfect writing desk now and i love the color and stencil detail. Nice save and very pretty makeover, Christy 🙂

    • Thanks, Marie! It sure was easier than trying to fix the bum leg and now it is much more versatile. Have a great weekend! XOXO

  17. This turned out so beauThe original state looked to be in good shape ,finish wise, .I really love the blue and white treatment. Who doesn’t like a blue and white table? It is a charmer. Fabulous job!!

  18. Love the pattern . Can’t wait to see what you do with the leafs ????. The desk won’t last long,bet it sells fast.

  19. this came out so pretty! I love that you didnt cover the entire top with the stencil, but left a trim around the edge. It gives it such a nice look. LOVE IT

    • Thanks, Kandice! I wanted a bit of separation from the legs so I’m glad that white border accomplished that! Enjoy your weekend!! XOXO

  20. I absolutely love it! The colors, the stencil, the distressing — SO good!

  21. Cecilia from Georgia says

    Christy, this is so lovely! I love anything close to aqua and that Sunken Pool is my favorite too! The stenciling looks so easy when you do it…. but I always smear some paint when removing the stencil 🙁 I can’t wait to see your bathroom wall when you tackle that project! You have knocked out most of your treasures in the picture—you got it going on!! XOXO

    • Thank you, Cecilia! I am smitten with all things aqua as well, as you know! I found the lighter the paint load on my roller, the less chance there was of smearing the paint. And yes I am almost through this pile of goodies…only a few to go! XOXO

  22. Love the makeover!!! Love your posts! Thank you for the inspiration:)

  23. Debra A Wise says

    Oh my gosh, Christy! Love love love it! You have definitely given me inspiration for my drop leaf table.

  24. What a pretty table. I love the bit of distressing. You made a great haul on thrift shopping day!

  25. I was thinking, “Woo hoo, lumber and spindles for other projects!” Looks lovely, Christy, and that stencil is great!

  26. i love this table – the colors and the stenciling! it reminds me an enamel farm table! it’s simply gorgeous!

  27. I adore this piece! It looks so nice and the perfect colors! I never thought of taking the drop sides off and I once had one just like it!

    • Aww yay…thank you, Rose! I’m not sure I would have thought to remove the sides had it not been for the broken leg! XOXO

  28. I knew I would have trouble waking up today so I saved this email to give me incentive. It was hard to wait! Beautiful as always. But I think my favorite part was the tip about the brush lol. I love the nitty gritty tips. Have a great weekend!

    • Aww you are so sweet! Glad I could help motivate you ha ha! Yes love that brush and it has lasted forever! XOXO

  29. This turned out so pretty, Christy! And more “vintage modern” without the leaves. Can’t wait to see what you do with them!

  30. I can’t read the label on the drop leaf table, but I believe it is the design of a Stickley ROSEWOOD drop leaf table. If that is the case there is great value in the rosewood for re purposing and in the table itself because it is a Stickley. What you did was pretty, but I hate to see rare and valuable wood covered up and quality antiques destroyed.

    • There was no label on this table. One of the gate legs was busted where it attached to the table, and that is my guess why it was marked 50% off at the thrift store. Removing the leaves was really my only option, and then the table as it was wasn’t much to look at in the original finish.

  31. Charlene Maximenko says

    Christy, I’ve been a fan for quite a while and just adore your projects. I purchased the floral stencil that you used on this drop leaf table for a desk I’m changing into a vanity. I plan to use similar colors, too! Thanks for all your advice!!! You’re awesome!



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