One of my favorite things to do is rescue a cast-off piece of furniture. This hobby started when I was young. My mom would refinish furniture (when it wasn’t popular) and I became fascinated with the process. In fact, I still have the antique oak dresser with mirror that she restored for my 16th birthday. Thanks to my mom, I now rescue ugly furniture from a life of drab. This week it’s an end-table that cried out for a makeover.
There is nothing like a well made piece of furniture getting a fresh breath of air and purpose. While some people really love to restore furniture to its former state, I prefer to give pieces a modern twist. Lately my favorite look is farmhouse. This is most likely because I live in an old farmhouse in constant renovation.
Traditional End Table Makeover | Step One
I found this traditional side table at a local thrift shop. I walked around a bit before I finally decided to take it home. I really liked the details, the size (it’s big), and the lines. It’s a newer piece of furniture but it had so many great details I couldn’t pass it up.
The top had this faux leather feature. I thought about keeping it because I didn’t want to remove it – that might risk damaging the table. In the end I decided to paint over it. I mean, what the heck? It’s only paint.
The brass knobs and rail on the top came off. My vision did not include brass though I love the metal. It just didn’t work for the look I was going for.
I started by sanding the table with coarse, medium, fine, and then ultra fine sand paper. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to sand your pieces. It makes a difference in how the paint adheres and the quality of the finish.
Step Two | Prime
Next I used my trusty Kilz paint primer. I LOVE my primer. Kilz blocks everything from bleeding through the paint, helps the paint adhere, and is a great base. Think of it like your makeup primer, ladies. It does all kinds of wonderful.
Step Three | Paint & Decorative Elements
The piece then received two coats of my current favorite color “Linen” by Clark and Kensington in satin. I love this color because it is like an antique white. Not too bright and pure but not yellow. I even painted over the faux leather to prepare it for a special feature.
While the paint dried, I sanded and spray painted the brass “rail” pieces with silver paint.
Before sealing the end table with a satin polyurethane, I added a stenciled element. I prefer a product that isn’t heavy duty simply because the heavy duty urethanes are very sticky and hard to work with.
I used a stencil of French script and left over gray / silver paint on the leather top. The goal was to add an extra, special feature to this otherwise traditional piece. I wanted it to have an unexpected and subtle look.
Step Four | Seal
Finally, I sealed the entire table with two coats of polyurethane. I use a sealer on all my projects to protect the paint and/or wood finishes.
The rail pieces were added back to the top. The got a bit scraped up when putting them back together but this was an unexpected bonus. The scrapes give the rail a tarnished and aged silver look. I actually love it.
The finishing touch were these pretty, shimmering crystal knobs I found online.
I think this piece turned out great. It looks wonderful in my living room and I am glad I didn’t just walk away from it.
Do you have any projects you are working on? Pieces you have saved from a life of boring? I’d love to see! Share on Instagram hashtag #furnituresave and @frenchrobin.