Oh, how this little table, I bought off of a local yard sale site, has brought me so much joy! It started as a very modest end table/night stand piece and I’ve given it so much personality. I am thrilled. Before I show you, I wanted to remind you that I painted this making my own chalk paint (you can find the recipe here).
So, here’s the table before…very, nice. Could have used it, as is. Only had a few scratches here and there. This was a $10.00 buy! A Steal!
I then removed the handles (I bought new ones) and used Elmer’s Wood Filler to fill in the holes and the areas on the top that were a bit rough. I sanded the areas smooth once dried.
Then, I got out my homemade chalk paint and got to work…Awkward views of the process but this is the first coat, I did do a second coat. But before the second coat, I sanded the top. This helped really smooth those rough areas on top. Remember, the beauty of chalk paint is that, other than cleaning the surfaces, you don’t need to prep, prime, etc. I chose to do so because while I was, ultimately, going to distress it, I wanted the top to be perfect.
I knew I wanted to paint the drawer fronts, there are two of them, to appear to be four separate drawers, so I taped so I could paint the area in the center of the drawers in the same color as the table. I made chalk paint in small amounts (you’ll have to play around with a recipe, as I didn’t measure) for the drawer fronts. Also, I used acrylic paint for the green and leftover latex paint in the orange/red and blue.
I sanded the drawer fronts a couple of times, distressing areas on the corners, each time. I then attached new handles. As you can see, I used clamshell type drawer pulls in bronze. I thought they really made the table pop, along with those colors, of course.
When I first bought this table, I got it so I could use it as my “virgin” project of rehabing a piece of furniture. But it didn’t turn out that way. I’ve looked, for many years, for just the right piece to put in my foyer/entryway. It wasn’t until I was in Family Dollar (my favorite store) and saw a nice wall mirror that I realized this table was going to be that piece. I bought the mirror….taped it and painted it to match the table.
And folks…drumroll please…is the final, completed piece in my foyer. I absolutely love this!
Note: I used polycrylic to seal the surfaces of the table and the mirror. Most use wax over chalk paint. I didn’t want to mess with wax and used what I had on hand. Minwax Polycrylic….best. stuff. ever. I did two coats on this table.