How to Make a Cheap Piece of Furniture Chic. Are you asking yourself why would you even bother? I can answer that. What if you found a table on the curb and couldn’t pass it by?
I had it in the garage for a while and felt like doing a little project while in between working on a desk and some other projects. I like to have a variety at Shoppe No. 5, my booth.
That means I had to paint the table in a shabby chic style. There was a little bit of patching I needed to do after I cleaned it up with Murphy’s Oil Soap. I had to glue parts of the table top together but nothing major.
One of the first things I did to make this cheap table become a chic piece of furniture is to take off the drawer pull. I had a knob in my stash. I instantly knew it would be a winner and it was the color inspiration. The holes were patched and a new one drilled in the middle in the drawer.
I found a piece of scrap book paper that matched the knob. That would pretty up the bottom of the drawer. I sanded one spot down to smooth it out.
Because I planned on painting the table blue and then white, I wasn’t even going to chance it and primed it. Of course I took it all apart first.
I lightly sanded a few spots and then painted in it in my DIY chalk paint in a color called Ebbtide. I really had my eye on a lighter blue but this matched the knob and the paper better. I am determined to use what I already have on hand. At least for this project.
As usual I painted the table in the blue Ebbtide twice, sanding down the top between coats with 220 grit sandpaper and wiping it with the tack cloth.
I used a white paint made into the DIY chalk paint called Heavenly White by Sherwin-Williams. It leans towards a warmer palette.
In some areas I didn’t paint it on heavy so some of the blue showed through. I left the inside and the sides of the drawer the blue and underneath the little lip of the table top. I just love to have extra little details on the drawers.
I sanded in between the coats of paint using a coarse grit for a few spots but then going back over the table with 220 grit and then the 120 grit. Something I find very helpful is using a sanding sponge. Actually I wrap sandpaper around it since it wore out. But it molds to the contours of the piece.
I didn’t do a heavy distressing but just enough so the blue shows through in spots. Make sure you use a tack cloth to wipe it down. Then used clear wax on the outside of the table and the sides of the drawer. I just love the final step of buffing off the wax, how the table glows.
Once I was done painting, I cut the paper to the size of the drawer. Now I had to piece it together so I put the small strip in the back. I used Mod Podge on the bottom of the drawer and then brushed on 2 coats of Valspar Clear Protector on top of the paper. Just follow the instructions.
When it dried I screwed on the knob and I could not believe how cute this table turned out. It doesn’t look cheap anymore, that’s for sure. What do you think?
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