Turning an Old Table into a Table that Looks Old

July 23rd, 2012 in member junk     
Retrofit Culture Retrofit Culture, member
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I love the final product almost as I loved getting there!
Theres the original table. It was old,  dirty and had some deep gauges on it.  
Sanded. Primed. Painted in the reverse colors as it will end up. 
Using regular white glue and vaseline, the table was distressed and crackled. Stain and poly went on aftewards. 
Another look at the final product. I just love this color teal!!
I love the final product almost as I loved getting there!

I love the final product almost as I loved getting there!

Photo: RetrofitCulture.com

The table started out pretty ugly and something not many people would want in their house. Here's how I updated it but still left it looking old and rustic: 


  1. Prepped by sanding, priming, and painting the bottom coat of paint. 
  2. Spread white glue on the surfaces to add a crackle finish and show the bottom coat, and put vaseline on the corners and edges for easy distressing. 
  3. Painted over the glue and vaseline. The top color was in the reverse of the bottom coat. 
  4. Wiped away vaselined areas. Lightly sanded and used a stain/poly to antique the table. 
  5. Enjoy. 


Pattern or design used: My own design - www.RetrofitCulture.com
posted in: member junk, wood, cottage, country, family room, outdoor spaces, white, porch, living room, farm, table, sunroom, paint, glue, coffee table, teal, petroleum jelly, vaseline

Comments (2)

Posted: 7:15 am on July 27th
gadgetsponge writes: Beautiful results! Thanks so much for the walk-thru. You've got skills! Posted: 3:54 pm on July 25th
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