Friday, July 19, 2013

End Table Makeover


I recently decided to makeover an end table that belonged to my grandfather. The pictures below show what the end table looked like before I painted it. It was in pretty rough shape. 

These pictures were taken after I stripped the linoleum off the table top, which was a huge mess. Who puts linoleum tile on the top of a table? Apparently, my granddad. I also had to scrape off the residue left from the 20 command strips that were stuck on the side of the end table. 

I made my own concoction of chalk paint, which is a lot like the recipe HERE. I've never used real chalk paint like Annie Sloan because I'm too cheap to pay that much for it, but, I love to make my own out of oops paint I find on the clearance racks at Home Depot and Lowe's. Chalk paint requires way less coats and distresses very easily. 

I painted the base blue and the top white. Once dry, I lined the top with painter's tape and painted blue stripes. I then took sand paper and distressed it. I sealed the paint with a few coats of dark wax. 

The hardware was originally bright shiny gold, which was pealing off a little. I sprayed the hardware with metallic spray paint in Antique Brass. 

The drawers had a few spots inside, so I lined the bottoms with contact paper I found at the Dollar Tree! Yes, I said Dollar Tree, as in it only cost me $1. It didn't completely match the blue and white stripes, but it looked good enough to me. 

I think it turned out pretty well. I absolutely love turning crappy old furniture into shabby chic pieces. I really wanted to keep it, but it's now in my booth at Prattville Pickers. I hope you've enjoyed my end table makeover! I'm hoping to do more projects like this in the future. 

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  1. So, is that why people use chalk paint? Because it distresses easily? I always wondered why people use chalk paint on things when they weren't going to write on it with chalk. Anyway, your table is fab! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  2. It's amazing what a difference a coat of paint makes! I love the stripes on top...this turned out beautifully!

  3. Sweet table! Pinned to my i heart stripes board:) Love the liners too! I posted anchor dress to Mod Vintage:) Stop by)

  4. hi Lizzie, love the striped table top! Visiting from Sparkle party and see you're from Alabama too! Loved all your chevron post ideas also!

  5. I enjoyed the stripes on the top. I've never seen that on a table before. ty for sharing.

  6. It turned out beautiful and you thought of every detail! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


  7. Very cute with the stripes on top and the light blue color. The "before" reminds me of end tables my mother had. You really updated this one nicely.

  8. What a charming makeover! Love the stripes and the pretty drawers!