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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Raw Wood Look Drop Leaf Table Makeover

Dated drop leaf side tables get sanded, cleaned and sealed for the perfect raw wood look! 

Hey, friends!  

I'm popping in quick for another easy scrubbed furniture makeover

I don't blog about all my furniture makeovers, but I do like to share ones that I think may be helpful.  

Today, I'm sharing another drop leaf side table makeover that I hope will inspire you to have an open mind, shop secondhand and update your own dated furniture finds. 

Raw wood look side table makeovers

Drop leaf side tables aren't my style, but due to their dated look, they are often donated, overlooked and affordable at auctions and thrift stores.  


- An old or dated piece of furniture
- Screwdriver (for removing old hardware) 
- Triangular Head Sander (for sanding corners)
- Sanding Mouse (for sanding tight spaces)

I shared detailed sanding tips and how to get the perfect raw wood finish in past blog posts, so today, I'm just sharing a quick raw wood finish drop left table makeover. 

Dated drop leaf side tables

Do you remember the last set of drop leaf side tables that I updated?  I gave them a fresh new look with an easy tone-on-tone vintage modern makeover

This time, I decided to ditch the paint and give the new set of tables a perfect raw wood finish.


STEP ONE:  Remove hardware from drawers and drop leaves.

STEP TWO: Fill the old hardware hole with wood filler.

Updating dated drop leaf side tables

STEP THREE: Sand tables starting with coarse grit sandpaper (60 or 80 grit) then work up to fine grit (320 grit). 

STEP FOUR: Clean tables with an all-purpose cleaner.

STEP FIVE: Seal raw wood with Cerusing Wax using a wax brush or lint-free tag

STEP SIX: Attach new hardware

raw wood side tables

I removed most of the original finish off the top, sides, legs and drawers and left a little stain in the crevices and joints.  This gives the tables some depth, dimension and character. 

How to get the raw wood look

raw wood finish

Raw wood side tables

Raw wood side table makeover

Raw wood side tables

Whether you paint or sand, drop leaf side tables are ideal for updating and a perfect way to add a touch of vintage to your home!

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How to get the raw wood look


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  1. Oh, these came out fantastic!! Love the raw wood look and those drawer pulls!