Revamping an old pedestal table

We bought this beat up American pedestal table at September’s Brimfield Antique Show because we loved its elegant shape. And at 35″ round, it was the perfect size to be used as a center hall table in a small foyer or beside a sofa with a large lamp on top. The dealer we bought it from rescued it from an estate sale in northern Maine. It is solid mahogany! We always intended to re-paint this table, we just weren’t sure how.Walking through Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams store the other day, we found our inspiration in this super lacquered modern pedestal table. Isn’t this color just divine? We think it’s just the right hue to bring our antique table (which by the way, we bought for $150!) to life again. This table is super high gloss and looks like in order to get close to the shiny-ness of this piece we’d have to take our table to an auto body shop. A few of the colors we’re toying with right now include: Sheer Bliss by Benjamin Moore, Fairview Blue by Benjamin Moore, and Blue Ground by Farrow & Ball (not quite the same blue, but a beautiful blue nonetheless!). Something we’ve always wanted to try on some of our flea market and vintage finds in a faux tortoise shell finish like this below done by interior designer Miles Redd. Miles, who is your painter?!What do you think about taking an old, inexpensive piece and painting a high gloss color or interesting faux finish? Anyone prefer the table white and a little dinged up (there is something very romantic about it…)?

  • rcwillman

    I think it depends where it lands in a home? white and dinged up would be lovely in a dreamy bedroom? I love the brillant shiny options for living rooms. I’m not a huge fan of the mimic tortoise shell look but that’s an individual preference, it works in the Redd photo.

  • Bethany – Powell Brower Home

    If you find any more info on the faux tortoiseshelling let us know! my mom has a chair primed in her basement ready to try. i think we’re just gonna GO FOR IT 🙂 I love the idea of a high gloss/laquer ladies – well done!

  • courtney mcg

    Jenny Komenda has a tutorial on a piece that she refinished with a faux tortoise shell

  • Ardi Bradlee

    Great recoloring it has. I like it in the shade of robin egg blue than the tortoise shell. But I praise you for doing wonderful job with it. Its better finishing.