Saturday, September 20, 2014

Side Table Jackpot

A few months ago, I hit the "sides" jackpot while treasure hunting. I scored four side tables! They were all in various states of neglect and/or disrepair. It was a fun week because I usually work on just one or two pieces at a time. I had an assembly line going in the shop!

The first piece was a 1970's French Provincial side table. It wasn't a high quality piece because the facade on the front was made in plastic, but structurally it was in good condition so it didn't need any repairs.

I wanted to experiment to see how chalk paint adhered to the plastic without priming so I painted it in a mix of ASCP Old Violet and Old White, with Old White as a contrasting color. I wasn't disappointed! I let it cure for a couple of weeks before I listed it just to be sure it passed the fingernail test.

The following table was a road kill rescue my dad found for me!  Gotta love FREE!  She was a little worse for the wear. My dad had to come over for Fix It Monday and help me with new knobs. The original knobs (which were missing) must have been threaded and so current knobs wouldn't fit. He made new new plugs and we put new wooden knobs on to fit snugly. There were some missing pieces in the beautiful little wood detailing on the front, but I just went with the "shabby" look for this table.


I sprayed this with shellac twice (just had a feeling about this one), and painted in Annie Sloan Old White, distressed and waxed. Since I got this piece for free, I was able to pass along the cost savings to a lovely young lady who bought this piece.

I picked up this next side table/small chest of drawers at an estate sale. It was in lovely condition, and just needed some light sanding, a vacuum and a bath.


I painted it in General Finishes Lamp Black, and waxed and buffed and buffed and buffed. My photographer was at school and I unknowingly shot this with the wrong lens! So it was much prettier than the picture actually shows.

Last, but not least, is this great little table that had great bones but just needed a little bit of TLC. The veneer was chipped on the top and was easily repaired with wood filler. Again, I worried about bleed through, so I sprayed it with shellac after I prepped.


I painted it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg. Pretty little crystal knobs completed her transformation.


So that was my week of the side tables.  Which one is your favorite? It was fun having so many projects in the hopper at once and meeting wonderful people who love incorporating vintage and antique furniture in their decor.

Have a fantastic week and thanks for stopping by!

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  1. These all turned out so lovely! Well done!

    1. Thanks, Terry! it was a fun but exhausting week!

  2. It's a tie between the white drop leaf and the duck egg blue. Beautfiful transformations.

  3. I love them all...truly :) But w/ me I'm always drawn to blue/ the blue wins out :) But these 4 tables have inspired me to no end...I'm pinning- Thanks for linking to Twirl and Take a Bow! ox

    1. Thanks so much for the compliment, Robin! It's amazing what a little can of paint can do! Have a fantastic week!

  4. sometimes it's easier to work on multiple pieces! :)

    Love all of your projects. Paint? amazing transformation!