I found this cute little side table 4 years ago at one of our favorite thrift stores. I think I paid $5.00 for it. There was a period of time that almost every little table I bought was $5! I painted this one but I feel like if I found it today I’d probably stain it a darker color. What do you think?
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Side Table Makeover
When it comes to paint, I went through a turquoise phase, a teal phase, and a white phase. I’ve also tried a few bright colors. But still, the pieces that sell best for me for the last few years have been gray or white. So I go back to them pretty often.
I first learned to use chalk type paint while I was working at Room With a Past. When I worked on Saturdays, Pam and some of the other ladies would give demos.
I’ve mentioned before that I had trouble with waxing so I paid close attention to that part of the process. They made it look so easy I decided to try it again. So I got some new paint samples.
I thought I’d throw a little pink in there just for fun. I painted a jewelry box Portland Rose and absolutely love it — even though I’m not a big fan of pink. If I keep looking at it Portland Rose may be my favorite new color!
Anyway, back to the waxing. I watched Pam closely. She’s a chalk and clay paint expert and the one who painted the gorgeous pieces I blogged about here.
I had always been told to use the paint and wax very sparingly. But after watching the demo I decided that my problem was that I was not using ENOUGH paint or wax. Pam painted on only ONE coat of Seattle Mist, let it dry completely, sanded it with a 320 grit sanding sponge, distressed a little on the edges with a wet cloth, let it dry completely again, and wiped on the clear wax with a rag buffing as she went. The whole process probably took less than 2 hours on the desk she did that day. This paint dries extremely fast.
I love my side table and I’m sure I’ll be painting more small pieces as I find them.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t go with what’s already in our tiny townhouse so I brought it to the Roses and Rust vintage market and sold it there.
If you liked this side table project, check out these other DIY furniture makeovers:
- My $5.00 Corner Table Makeover
- End Table Painted with Chalk Mix
- DIY Baseball Stool
- Farmhouse Coffee Table Makeover
- How to Refinish a Dining Room Table
Originally published April 7, 2014
‘Til the next project,