The Trestle Table Tale

Say that three times fast…Surprised smile

Before1 Before

The table is a wonderful Pennsylvania Dutch oak trestle table that I purchased from a very nice lady over the summer (she cried as my husband was packing it into the truck). I had every intention of refinishing soon, but it was the perfect height and size to use as a work table.. YIKES! So there it sat until a super nice lady came by to see the 5 Legged Table that I had just refinished.. she LOVED it but it just wouldn’t work for her in her newly remodeled space. So, as luck would have it I had three (yes 3.. don’t you have 3 dining tables hanging out in your garage too..!) unfinished dining tables for her to look at… and no I’m not a dining table hoarder, but I TOTALLY could be if given the chance! Lucky me she fell in love with this table and wanted it to be finished like the round one.. no problems there! Let me tell you though this oak top was a seriously hard.. some stripping, lots of sanding and few coats of Dark Walnut stain. I distressed the stained top to have a more casual feel to it.. see the client has kids and starting it off with a slightly worn look may help the natural wearing that it will get! I also chose to finish the top off with a couple of coats of wax instead of polyerethane. My reasons for this were simple.. if something should ever happen to the top (you know kids and sometimes husbands Winking smile) she could easily fix the scratch with some stain then apply another wax coat and it would look as good as new! The base is painted in ASCP Provence with the stripe in ASCP in Old White. The base got a very light distressing, a coat of wax and then a nice buff.


The table with the leaves in is very long!


The legs are really neat and have a little flair at the base.


The client wanted VERY little distressing, I think this does it!


I also need to mention that I have a lot of projects going on so my SUPER WONDERFUL Aunt came to help me out for a few days and this is one of the projects she helped me on.. I was very grateful for her help but also felt kind of bad that she always left me looking so dirty… Oops! I did warn her…

Thanks for stopping by!

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Parties I’m linking up to:
Crafty, Scrappy, Happy Miss Mustard Seed my Romantic HomeFrench Country Cottage 2805


  1. Love what you did with the table, and I REALLY love the color of the legs!! My husband and I redid a table too…you can see it at my blog SewSweetCottage. Seeing yours makes me want to do another!!

    Shannon @SewSweetCottage


  2. It’s just beautiful and what a lovely story, too! I am sure this table is being loved in it’s new home! I could easily be a dining room table hoarder too, if only I had the space to store them! And I too have a table that once came home to be refinished and is now so handy as a workbench that I’ve all but forgotten my original intentions for it!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,


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