“Antique” Wood Pedestal Makeover

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

Chip Brush

Bowl or Cup of Water

Clear Wax

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.

Many blessings,


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  1. I’m loving all these quick and easy posts for Spring CoCo and the decluttering made a huge difference too

    1. I really appreciate it Brianna, thank you and you are so right – we thought the decluttering made a huge difference too! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Love, love, love how this looks now! Your professional painting skills have paid off once again. There are 2 Bees hoping that you bought 2 extra pedestals LOL. We will keep our eye-out for the mail this week 🙂

    1. Ha ha you guys are so funny. I think that about half of the thrifted finds I see you two bringing home. These were so reasonably priced I will definitely keep my eye out for you guys. Big hugs, CoCo

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