Side Table Makeover

Woot woot! 
Check out this super cute table makeover that I shared at the CSI Project a while ago…
Here’s my Side Table tutorial:
The goods:
A poor rundown little sidetable
150 Grit Sanding Block
Paint Roller and Brushes
White Acrylic Paint
Turquoise Acrylic Paint {mine was Bright Aqua Green from Liquitex}
Wood Stain {or watered down brown Acrylic Paint}
Rag or Cloth
Sealer {I used a Semi Gloss Water Based Sealer from Varathane}
Pretty Spring Accessories
Start by taking apart your table.
Fix any defects.  Here I used Epoxy to glue the spindle together.
Remove  hardware.
Give the entire surface a good sanding.
At this point you may want to apply a coat of primer.  It allows for the paint to stick to your surface better and prevents oils and other materials from coming to the surface.  I chose not to because 1. I had sanded the surface thoroughly 2. I was in a hurry to see my finished project and 3. I’m a bit lazy when it comes to painting.  {Just keeping it real} 
Now you want to paint your table.  Cover every surface.  Sand between coats of paint and watch out for drips.
Here’s my little table with two coats of white acrylic paint.
Okay, so this is the totally fun part.  I have been seeing turquoise everywhere.  In decorative accessories, fabric choices and wall colours. 
I love it.
My house, however, doesn’t.  Turquoise just doesn’t go.  You know?
So I hid it in the drawer/tray!
Now go add a little colour to your project.
Next you want to sand the table to give it a distressed finish.
Don’t be afraid to sand liberally.
Here’s my table after sanding.
Looking good already.
Now you will want to apply a stain or lacquer to give your table an aged patina.  I used wood stain.  Not recommended.  It took forever to dry.
What you could use instead is a tinted sealer or watered down brown acrylic paint.  That’s what I used for the inside of my drawer/tray.
Apply your stain or paint using an old rag or cloth {paper towels works too.}
You really want to try to work it into the corners and cracks of your piece.
Here’s my drawer/tray where I used brown acrylic paint to create an aged look.
Now you want to apply a good sealer.  Allow for drying time and sand between coats.
All done!
And complete with a cute little drawer that is just the perfect addition to any decor.

You can find the tutorial for these gorgeous decoupaged eggs on the blog.

Who needs a mantel anyway.

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  1. Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made says

    Oh my gosh — this is SO pretty!! Thanks for such a great tutorial too! Turquoise IS popping up all over — I’m re-doing my front porch with touches of it! I’m even going to paint our front door turquoise — so NOT in my ‘usual’ color palette but I can’t help myself! Love how you painted the inside the turquoise — just love the whole thing!!

  2. Shelia says

    I love your little table and the added color inside the drawer is so cute! I’ve just redone a little cabinet and the drawers inside looks so boring. I may have to borrow your idea! 🙂
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  3. blesid says

    I’m in the same boat you are … like the turquoise craze, but it just doesn’t go with my house! Love the idea of hiding it somewhere for a colorful surprise! jules … oh and yes, we call our Cameron, Cam or Camy… or Camalamadingdong. Now that he is in Jr. High we should probably stop that. 🙂

  4. Becolorful says

    Love the table and love a girl that “keeps it real”. 🙂 The turquoise drawer is fantabulous and I can relate to loving the color but not being able to easily incorporate it into your home. I really appreciated your painting techniques. I do a lot of work with painted furniture and I appreciate your hints even though I understand not always practicing what we preach.
    Would love it if you wanted to link this up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful tonight.

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