As promised I’m back to share my pedestal table score from Craigslist and the inspiration behind it that had me looking daily!

French Vintage Trestle Table

French Vintage Trestle Table

A few months ago I stumbled upon this vintage dining table on 1stdibs and instantly fell in love with it! And then I saw the price which was over $3500! There was something about the shape and the rustic quality that I was drawn to… Restoration Hardware sells a similar one but with a different base and World Market has a very affordable version but I am not a fan of their wood finish.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Pedestal In Weathered Oak Finish

Pedestal In Weathered Oak Finish

Hughes Rectangular Dining Table

Hughes Rectangular Dining Table

Almost every retailer has a version of this table. The Hughes table above ran somewhere around $1300, so much better than Restoration Hardware but still to much for my budget. I like to switch up the look of my dining room every 3 or 4 years so my new table had to be affordable.   I started looking on Craigslist (the first place I head to when looking for furniture) and after a few weeks of looking daily I found this!

Pine Stained Pedestal Table

Pine Stained Pedestal Table

It came with 6 chairs and the seller wanted $70 for the set but I offered him $50 for just the table and he agreed to it!

Not pretty I know… But I knew if I was willing to do some work, I could have the table I wanted for under $75. The finish was a mess… A dark oily dark stain from the 1960’s when Spanish Colonial was all the rage!

Table Finish 1

 It’s been years since I’ve stripped a piece of furniture but I knew this table could not be painted so I ran to Home Depot and picked up this gel stripper that worked great! It goes on so easy and there is no smell!

Stripper1

After I stripped off the first coat I pulled out my hand sander and started sanding away. It took me exactly 14 hours to sand this table! Yep, 3 weekends and I was rewarded with a sore arm and back!

Table being sanded

Table after sanding1

But look at it! Worth every minute! Table sanded closeup

I had this image saved on my computer and I couldn’t believe how my Craigslist find was nearly identical to this one?

Vincent Wolf

Vincent Wolf

 I’m not sure if I should stain in in a light gray or maybe just wax it?  Or maybe even polyurethane it in a satin finish…What are your thoughts?

Are you a Craigslist shopper? If you need some tips on navigating CL check out our post here

. I’ll be back next week to share the finished table!

Have a great Monday!