English Chestnut and Turquoise Drop Leaf Table

I finished the makeover on my garage sale solid pine drop leaf table today.

I have been busy planning and adding more pops of blue to our home because blues in any shade make me happy. This garage sale table was the next victim piece to get some blue, this time a light turquoise colour.

I shared how this pine drop leaf table was going turquoise (or is it aqua?) here. The top was sanded to bare pine before using Minwax pre-stain conditioner (love it!) Then I added two coats of Minwax Wood Finish stain in English Chestnut. I have said before that I find our kitchen table top too dark, and guess what? I bought the exact same colour again, English Chestnut. And a large can too! When I was standing in the hardware store picking a new stain from the samples I was so sure this was not the same colour. I was soooo wrong. It is a nice colour, just darker than the one I had in my vision. Outside today in the gorgeous afternoon sun the English Chestnut is looking a little lighter and quite orangey. It is much darker and doesn't have an orange colour in normal lighting. The stain was protected with Minwax paste wax. I will share some indoor photos soon.

I made some homemade chalky paint using a mixture of plaster of paris and leftover latex paint. It goes on well, but is not the smoothest mixture. Again, the bright sunshine is making the colour look less turquoise but it is the same colour as my barstools and kitchen mirror. I really want to try some Homestead House milk paint soon and see how it works.

I'm waiting for my guys to get home from ball hockey so I can bring this baby inside. But I just couldn't wait for pictures so I brought out my new plastic patio pitcher and two of the matching Margarita stemware that I received as a birthday gift from my friend and co-worker. You might notice glimpses of a patio set in these photos. It is new, we just bought it yesterday.

I'm loving my fresh new $10 table and now I have to decide where to use it. Living room beside a chair?  Family room as an end table? In the bay window area in our bedroom? Thanks for stopping by, and I will share photos when I figure it out.

Edited May 25, 2012: It just sold today for $120.

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  1. The table is gorgeous. can't wait to see where you put it.

  2. That is sooo cute! Love the color with the wood top. I usually think of the lighter shade as aqua and the darker shade as turquoise. Either way, that's a great makeover.

  3. Awesome makeover Elizabeth! Can't wait to see where it's new home is going to be!

  4. The table looks fantastic. Too funny that you ended up buying the same shade you already had. I think it looks great.

  5. It turned out great! It's always fun to take something you've had and renovate it. Looking forward to seeing where you're going to use it.

  6. Cute table, love the transformation..

  7. It's looking great...and so do the lovely cocktails. !

  8. The cocktails are actually orange juice! I just added sugar to the rims.

  9. Your table is gorgeous. I love the blue. I'm visiting from BNOTP MM party and am now following you. Can't wait to see where you put the table.


  10. I love the turquoise! really makes the table sing!

  11. It is darling in blue!
    Happy May Day!

  12. Lovely table! Love the colors! thanks for sharing..
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  13. Beautiful Table, I love the colors~Great Job! I'm now a follower!

  14. It's gorgeous, and just $10 really? Wow!

  15. LOVE this Elizabeth! Don't you just love the aqua, especially for the summer? It reminds me of the sea.
    I bring it out more and more here at the Lakehouse.
    You did a marvelous job on the table!
    Can't wait to see where you put it.

  16. Beautiful--love the wood and turquoise together. Thanks for linking up.

  17. wow- that table top is so rich looking! love the wood tone!

  18. OK, just saw this post......... guess I know what to do with mine now.... SELL IT!



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