Revived Vintage Drop Leaf Table { Furniture Makeover }

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Remember this cute maple drop-leaf table project from last year?


I painted the base in 2 layers of MMS Milk Paint with a Vaseline resist layer in between. I was hoping for a lot more chipping on the table base to help give it that farmhouse look, but milk paint has a mind of its own and it didn’t chip at all.  The smooth paint finish never did complement the honey maple top very well, and so this cute little table has sat, and sat, and sat in my space . . .

I decided it was time to try again, getting rid of of that honey colored top and going for a whole new look with this table.  And it would be a perfect chance to try out some more Fusion Mineral Paint!


I very lightly sanded the table top with some fine grit paper (with the help of my six year old), then painted on a coat of Fusion Casement (which is their pure white). After drying, I added a topcoat of Inglenook, a beautiful, light blue.


I sanded down the edges some and you can see a little of the Casement poking through in places. Because a kitchen table is a high traffic surface, I did add Fusion Tough Coat in clear (2 coats on the top, one on the base) as a final step.

I really like this product!  Tough Coat is Fusion’s version of a poly, and it is very easy to work with.  Poly and I typically don’t get along very well–it bubbles and streaks on me a lot.  But Fusion Tough Coat glides on perfectly, with no bubbling or streaking.


A little bit of the green milk paint shows through some on the base where I distressed, but I think it adds more depth of character.  And remember, I am not going for perfection here . . . rather vintage charm 🙂


What do you think?  Is this a better look?  I think so 🙂

If you are dying to try Fusion Mineral Paint and anxiously waiting for my online store to open, thank you for your patience. I promise it is coming soon.  My technical assistant (aka my husband) has been working diligently to get the storefront up and running, hopefully by this weekend!

It’s now ready to buy here on my site! Go to “Buy Fusion Mineral Paint” in the menu above and check it out. I’m telling you, you will LOVE this paint!

Before I forget, it’s also time to announce the winner of the $40 shop credit to March’s Feature Etsy Shop, The Lonely Book Junkie.  Congratulations to Ms. Ella!  Be on the lookout Ella for an email from me regarding your prize.  And thank you to Cynthia for sharing her shop with us and graciously offering the shop credit.

Have a great day, enjoy the coming of Spring!DSC05095


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Susie @ The Chelsea Project Blog

Friday 20th of March 2015

Yowza! Great redo!


Wednesday 18th of March 2015

i used Fusion Tough Coat on a chair but it came out super shiny. Hated it. So, i sanded lightly, repainted with my Fusion Chocolate and ended up using Varathane. What did I do wrong?


Wednesday 18th of March 2015

Did you shake up the Tough Coat well? It does settle in the bottle as it sits, and so the high gloss comes to the top. Or it may just be a more high gloss finish that what you prefer.

chris aka monkey

Tuesday 17th of March 2015

it won't sit and sit and sit now ha ha xx

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