An Antique Spool Leg Table goes Coastal with OFMP


An antique spool leg table is given a nautical makeover with Federal Blue OFMP Old Fashioned Milk Paint /



I’d like to thank The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company for providing me with the products used in this makeover.  FYI, I was not paid for this post, nor are my opinions swayed by complementary paint.  ;D



An antique spool leg table is given a nautical makeover with OFMP Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Federal Blue /



Hello and happy belated Mother’s Day to you!  I sincerely hope you were pampered and spoiled by your family.  And if you’re not a mother, I hope you spent the day with your own mother or someone with mother like qualities.  LOL  We had family visiting from Minnesota, so it was a weekend of celebrations this year.  😀


Are your days flying by as quickly as mine??    I can’t believe it’s mid May already!    On a positive note, that means it’s time for another Old Fashioned Milk Paint (“OFMP”) post, and I’ve got a good one to share today.  So let’s get started already!


This spool leg table was purchased from a charity garage sale.   It wasn’t horrible.  And for it’s age, it was in pretty good shape.  Just a little orange and shiny.  Personally, I love flipping end tables.  They always sell quickly, and they’re great pieces to paint if you’re itching to go a little bolder.



Garage sale antique spool leg table waiting for it's makeover /




I was all set to mix up a bright custom color, when I realized I already had the perfect OFMP color for this table:  Federal Blue.



Old Fashioned Milk Paint "OFMP" in Federal Blue /



The historical color pairs well with the age and style of the table, plus blue is so hot hot hot right now.    I was just flipping through current Ballard Design and Pottery Barn catalogs, and blue is everywhere, which is just fine by me.   I’ve never met a shade of blue I don’t like.  Below is a phone pic of the table after two coats of Federal Blue milk paint:



Work in progress pic. Paint color is OFMP Federal Blue /



The color is awesome, and the table looked Early American to me, but I kept wondering who my 21st century customer was.


In the Puget Sound, we are surrounded by islands and the Olympic Peninsula.     Some of my furniture pieces have found new homes on Bainbridge Island, San Juan Island, Whidbey Island, Camano Island, and the Hood Canal.    This told me two things.   (1) a lot of residents in our area are fortunate to have beach or second homes; and (2) maybe the family is right, and I do need to raise my prices!  LOL   I’m under the assumption that this table is going to have a better view than I do, and I think it’s going to be a water view.    Once I determined who the customer was, it was easy to see what the table needed.   The addition of a little white paint for a dipped leg look was all it took to give this table a fresh and slightly nautical makeover.



An antique spool leg table is given a slightly nautical makeover with dipped legs and OFMP in Federal Blue



I actually have nautical stencils, but I didn’t want to go that literal.  This little lady can stand on her own four feet.  And don’t the spool legs now remind you of rope?



An antique spool leg table is given a makeover with OFMP in Federal Blue milk paint /



I’ve staged the table in my bedroom, and even though it’s not the least bit nautical, the color works.   Plus it shows that the table could also be used as a nightstand.



An antique spool leg table is given a makeover with Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Federal Blue /



Did you notice the furry pillow?  (And my Portlandia, “Put a bird on it!!” pillows.)  I guess it’s official that Sweet Daughter reads my blog.   On the vanity post with the furry stool, I hinted that the leftover fabric would make an awesome pillow.  Guess what was under the Christmas tree?!  She really is my favorite daughter.  ;D



Furry pillow made by the Ruffled Raven aka Sweet Daughter /



What do you think?   Are you as smitten with OFMP Federal Blue, as I am?  I sure wish I had that beach house so I could keep this one.  But I don’t, so I can’t.   If you live in the greater Seattle area, this spool leg table will be listed under the for sale section at some point.   But not until I tire of looking at it ;D.




An antique spool leg table is given a nautical / coastal makeover with dipped legs and Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Federal Blue /



I hope you have a lovely week, and as always, if you have any questions, I read and reply to every comment.  Take care,  Cynthia


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29 Responses

  1. I spotted this at Celebrate Your Story Party and wanted a closer look. I incorporate a lot of coastal decor in my home and I’m always interested to see how others add coastal touches. I love the paint color you chose and your coastal accents look beautiful on the table. Pinning to my coastal decor board.

    • Cynthia

      Thanks so much for stopping by today, Beverly. While the table was staged purely for this post, (and my nightstand has already been moved back) it sure didn’t take me long to “shop my home” for coastal pieces. I seem to have a lot of blue glass, which I think pairs nicely with natural and live elements. Take care and hope you stop by again, Cynthia

  2. First of all, what a great find, Cynthia! You must’ve done the happy dance when saw that gem. I love the paint color and especially how you gave the feet a dipped look. Pinned

    • Cynthia

      Can you believe it was a garage sale leftover??!! I had donated a bunch of items for a charity garage sale, but didn’t attend because I’m really trying to declutter. They know that I paint furniture, and they gave me a call when the sale was over and no one had purchased this cutie. They made tons of money for Relay for Life so it makes me love this little table even more! Isn’t the color great?! OFMP Federal Blue is a new favorite 😀 Happy Belated Mother’s Day, Marie! Cynthia

  3. Wow, I love that color and I love the legs with that touch of white to them. Very pretty!

    • Cynthia

      Thanks so much, Carol, and thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a great week, Cynthia

  4. Great job on this table! I love the color and the white “feet” really finish it off in such a great way. I also like how you’ve styled it with the white tray and the coastal vibe. Its lovely!

    • Cynthia

      Thanks for your kind words, Carol. It’s really funny how just that little addition of white changed the whole look and feel of the table. Thanks also for stopping by today! Cynthia

  5. That turned out beautiful. Loving the colors.

    • Cynthia

      Thank you, Pam! I just got a text from a sister, and she wants me to paint an antique dresser the same color. Should be a fun makeover. Take care, Cynthia

  6. What a difference a coat of paint makes!! Beautiful color and I love the way you styled it. I love how you reasoned out who the customer might be that was brilliant! It’s always a pleasure to have you join us at Celebrate Your Story. Have a fun weekend!

    • Cynthia

      Awwww, thank you, Sandra! It’ll be interesting to see if I correctly profiled my customer. I’ll have to add an addendum to the post after I list it for sale. Thanks for always being such a gracious host! Take care, Cynthia

  7. Cynthia,

    I LOVE that blue! Blue has always been my favorite color. Beautiful job on the table. Thanks for sharing at talk of the town!

    • Cynthia

      Hi Gail! I’m with you. Any shade of blue is my favorite color. We get way too much gray in Seattle, so for me, happy colors are the way to go. Thanks for being such a gracious host! Take care, Cynthia

  8. Love the dipped leg!!! Such a pretty transformation Cynthia!!

    • Cynthia

      Thank you, Dawn! And thanks for stopping by today! Take care, Cynthia

  9. The white feet make the little table look like she’s dancing on her tippy toes. Great makeover Cynthia, I’d love to have some like this in our little house by the sea.

    • Cynthia

      Awww, thank you, Michelle! A little house by the sea owner is the customer profile I came up with when I started this makeover! LOL Hope you find that table; I know you can handle the makeover yourself! Thanks for stopping by today, Cynthia 😀

  10. How can you not love this color? It is absolute perfection! I have a tendency to paint most things blue 😉 Pinning & sharing!

    • Cynthia

      Thank you so much, Angie! And thanks for the share. It’s appreciated! Take care, Cynthia

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  12. Aww Cynthia that is such a pretty blue. I love OFMP and how it goes on… I can go on and on about it. I also like how you dipped the legs in white to give it that extra something. And I agree with you that the bold colors don’t need anything additional. The shapes and those sexy legs are enough for it to stand on it’s own. Can table legs be sexy? Have I been painting too much furniture lately? Lol!!

    • Cynthia

      Well, you have been painting a lot of furniture, Mary! LOL You’re so right. Milk paint is the best. I especially love the variations of pigments that come out when you use it. And the smooth finish!! I hope you give Federal Blue a try, Mary! Would love to see how you would use it. 😀 Hope you have a wonderful week! Cynthia

  13. This is the cutest little table! I love how the color is so vibrant. I love OFMP too!

    • Cynthia

      Thank you, Val! If you haven’t tried Federal Blue yet, I can’t recommend it enough. I bet it would also look amazing with a white or dark wax over it. Next projet! LOL Thanks for stopping by today, Cynthia

  14. This turned out beautiful, Cynthia! I know what you mean about blue being everywhere! I’m sure someone will snatch it up pronto! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    • Cynthia

      Thanks, Kathleen! A friend just bought a new beach house, so I’m waiting to see if she’d like it. I think it would make an excellent house warming present! I’m painting my dining room hutch and a couple chairs a vibrant blue, so I hope the blue phase stays around for a while! LOL Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia

  15. This is just beautiful in blue and white Cynthia, and a perfect nod to nautical decor. I’ve been so into creating custom colors with OFMP lately I forget how gorgeous the colors are in their original state…lol Thanks for sharing your project at #FridaysFurnitureFix

    • Cynthia

      I know right??!! I was all set to go custom when I realized Federal Blue was already perfect. Tavern Green is another gorgeous color in it’s original state. Although, I’m really looking forward to your new custom mix, cuz that’s always fun too!! Take care, Brenda! Cynthia

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