Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bedside Table Redo

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.

8 comments:

Golden To Silver Val said...

I think it looks wonderful....you did a great job!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

It looks great! I have a few pieces that I should paint..all the colors and choices are awesome. We have an Ace Hardware that has small containers of paint ..I used one of those on my bathroom mirror:)

gigihawaii said...

Wow, what bargains! You would have paid much more for brand new furniture. I like what you've done to that piece. Very nice!

Kathy said...

You've taken on quite a job, but the results look very nice!

Ed and I went through a phase (about 35 years ago) of buying unfinished furniture, then finishing it ourselves. We did a gun cabinet, chest-of-drawers, and a toy box. Fun times--but lots of work!

Kay said...

Same thing with my good deal table and chairs that I bought for $75.00. After the sealer, tack cloth, sandpaper... it was probably more like $100., but I still love it.

Deanna said...

You are definitely getting the hang of this. What a bargain. As you do more pieces, that $60 investment will soon be more than worth it. Your bedside table turned out great!

Mrs. Handyverger said...

Love the white! :) I wonder how it'd look with contrasting handles, though? Either way, cute update! My husband and I own nightstands that are very similar to this. They're one of the next projects on my to-do list. :)

Intense Guy said...

That dresser looks great! You got some talents!

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