Saturday, June 15, 2013

Side Table Makeover

So here's the thing...I've always wanted to try my hand at redoing furniture. I love the before's and after's. I love taking something that looks hopeless and "saving" it.

For this side table, I used chalk paint to get that slightly distressed look that also has a beautiful matte finish.

Here's the before and after...

A little dated but not too bad right? 

WRONG. This baby was SUPER chipped on the top. This wood veneer could not be saved in it's original state. But the great thing about chalk paint'll stick to anything. So all I did was sand down the parts where it was chipping to make it smooth, wipe it down, then paint right over it.

So. Much. Better. 

Annie Sloan makes chalk paint that is supposed to be incredible. But starting out, it's a little out of my price range. So I decided to make my own chalk paint using a plaster of paris recipe here.

I used this website to find a Behr color that matched Annie Sloan's colors (I used Behr Polished Pearl UL160-10 and Behr Gray Morning 490F-4). To finish off I put on two coats of Johnson Paste Wax. It worked great but was STINKY at first. Finally, I refinished the handles in Oil Rubbed Bronze using the tutorial here!

Turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. And while I love this side table, I don't have room to keep it :( It's like rescue puppies...I find them, nurse them back to health, want to keep them, but have to find them loving homes. So anyway...if you are looking for a new side table (would also work great as a bedside table!), you're in luck. I'm selling it here. It's listed in Nashville but if you are in Louisville, Atlanta, or Auburn and are interested, let me know and we can figure something out!