I had a great day Garage Saling a couple of weeks ago and found two beat up tables that were crying out my name. I have not joined the painted furniture set until I came across some blogs that spurred my interest. Back in the 1980's I did a bit of stripping and refinishing furniture so buying wood furniture to paint was a shock to my system. It didn't compute. Boy, it sure does now.
So I have a couple of items to start slowly on and see how much and how far I will take it. There are so many paints types and finishes to choose now. There are chalk paints and milk paints. Do you distress the wear points or go for a polished new look. Do you wax or not and if you do, is it with a light or dark wax? I'm learning and deciding as I go. To begin with, I'm sticking with as simple as possible. So far, so good.
This poor thing was pretty beat up. I asked "How much?" and the owner answered "How much will you give me?" $5.00......... and she took it. I didn't expect that. I thought I'd start low and go up, but not too far up. It's pressed board. Not real wood, but it is heavy.
So I sanded it, filled in the holes and scratches, primed and painted it with a very light beige, eggshell finish that I applied with a skinny sponge roller. My original plan had been to refinish the top in cherry to match my bed, but, I soon discovered, it wasn't good wood, so I had to pitch that idea.
I did use a beige enamel spray paint on the hardware. So, I can't say I now have a $5.00 bedside table. No, no ,no. I had to go to Lowes to buy primer, paint, spray paint, and rollers. I'm $60 into all that.
But, I still have the other table/cabinet to show you tomorrow and I just bought another small table for my porch for $3.00. I think I'm getting the hang of this.