Pretty in Pale Pink …and how NOT to fix a wobbly table leg


Pretty in pale pink table makeover.. and how NOT to fix a wobbly leg!

This table almost didn’t make it to my blog… yes I painted it, but there wasn’t a major transformation in its appearance- so not quite the project I usually post.  However, there was an issue that I had to fix so I wanted to share it with you all and maybe I can teach you something today.   🙂    This was how the table looked when I bought it at a yard sale (I overpaid, but it was SO cute!):

Pretty in pale pink table makeover.. and how NOT to fix a wobbly leg!

I got in a hurry to start working on it so I grabbed my phone to snap photos… I always regret it when I do that!

Pretty in pale pink table makeover.. and how NOT to fix a wobbly leg!

It had some pretty flowers etched on top and on the sides, and a little drawer for tiny treasures.

And it also had a wobble.

When I flipped it over to check the legs, I found this:

Pretty in pale pink table makeover.. and how NOT to fix a wobbly leg!

Apparently, even though the legs were secured with concealed screws, one must’ve come loose at some point so the owner decided to hammer 3 tiny nails (there’s another on the other side) at an angle to keep the leg in place.  Please don’t ever do this.  It looks ugly and it was such a pain to get those nails out!  I don’t know if they make hammers that small but all of mine were way too big, and there wouldn’t have been much to hold onto anyway.  I ended up using pliers, pulling on the leg, then finally I could use the hammer a bit.  Then to secure the leg back into place I used my much-loved wood glue.

Pretty in pale pink table makeover.. and how NOT to fix a wobbly leg!

I poured it into the hole where the original screw was inserted, replaced the leg, and let it sit for about a day.  (This glue can get drippy so be sure to have a towel nearby to wipe up any excess.)  Worked like a charm!

The table seemed like it would go perfectly in a little girl’s princess bedroom, so I knew I wanted to paint it pink.  I found the palest pink (Apricot Ice) in a sample at Lowe’s and it was perfect.

Pretty in pale pink table makeover.. and how NOT to fix a wobbly leg!

Of course when I painted it on, it was so pale that you couldn’t even tell it was pink!

Pretty in pale pink table makeover.. and how NOT to fix a wobbly leg!

I ended up giving it about 4 coats and then following up with a matte polyurethane.  It’s still very pale, but pretty as can be!

Pretty in pale pink table makeover.. and how NOT to fix a wobbly leg!

And it no longer has a crooked-nailed-wobbly-leg.

Pretty in pale pink table makeover.. and how NOT to fix a wobbly leg!

I did put this in my booth; I wonder which kind of princess room this will end up in!

Jen

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4 Comments on Pretty in Pale Pink …and how NOT to fix a wobbly table leg

  1. Susan
    June 12, 2013 at 8:30 pm (5 years ago)

    I love the table. It turned out really nice.

    Reply
    • Jen
      June 13, 2013 at 8:37 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Susan!

      Reply

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