Today, I’m going to share how I gave this wood pedestal an “antique” makeover.
Have you ever gone into a store and loved, loved, loved a piece but something about it just wasn’t quite right? Well, that’s what happened to my mom while we were on a girls trip to the Renningers Extravaganza back in January.
We were headed to lunch when we came across this stack of super awesome wood pedestals. They were obviously new but made to look “antique” and she loved everything about them except for the yellow paint that was on all the detail work.
Before she bought it should asked me if I could “fix” it for her and cover up the yellow with one of her favorite colors, French Linen. I might have hesitated for a hot minute had the pedestal been metal but since it was made from wood, I was pretty sure we’d be able to tone down the yellow with just a wash and some wax. Here’s a look at how it all came together in case you find something like this you love too…
Wood Pedestal Base
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen
Bowl or Cup of Water
Wax Brush or Lint-free Cloth
Fine Grit Sandpaper (220-grit) if desired
Before you start this project make sure you lay a tarp down under your project space and
you have a bowl or cup of clean water handy.
Dip the tip of the chip brush into your choice of paint. We used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.
Then quickly dip the chip brush into the water just long enough the bristles become wet. This will only take a few seconds so make sure to work quickly.
Begin brushing paint onto the wooden pedestal base.
You don’t want the paint to be thick (think the consistency of crepe batter not pancake batter) as the paint needs to seep into the wood just a bit. The coverage can be as much or as little as you want.
As the paint is seeping into the wood use a lint-free cloth (I used an old t-shirt) to lightly rub the paint into the wooden base.
After the paint has dried, apply a coat of clear furniture paste wax with a lint-free cloth or a wax brush.
If you find you want to bring out more detail, lightly sand the wood pedestal with a fine grit paper like a 220-grit.
We decided while we were at Renningers we would use the wood pedestal on the island at Loblolly Manor. It was a perfect match for the granite countertop on the island.
Shortly after we found the pedestal we also found the large cloche and the antique lock. I brought the small white container home from our time at the cabin over the holidays and we filled it with the same dill from Hobby Lobby as we used to create this topiary.
Here’s a look at the island before…
and after we decluttered and created the vignette around the “antique” wood pedestal.
I hope this helps to show you that if there’s something you really love you can usually find a way to make it your own with paint! See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share scenes from our week and all of our favorite things from around the web. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.