Chic Side Table Makeover

After our little painting tutorial, Mary and I have been chomping at the bit to try out our new skills!  My mom’s cute side table seemed like the perfect little thing in need of a fix-up.  The table is old (like probably close to 75 years old!) so it needed a little more than paint.  Here’s how I did it.Chic side table before 2


  • Valspar Super Flat paint
  • sand paper (150 grit)
  • Elmer’s wood glue
  • Durham’s Rock Hard water putty
  • Valspar Antiquing Glaze
  • putty knife
  • assorted brushes
  • paste wax

What to Do:

First, I removed the hardware.  Next I gave the little chest a good sanding to rough it up so it would take the paint.  Then I wiped it all down with a damp paper towel.  During this process, I discovered a few things that needed to be fixed.  I secured a broken piece of trim with some wood glue.  And, yes, that is a chip clip clamping it together.  Work with what you’ve got!Chic side table leg fixBecause the chest was so old, I could find any drawer pulls that were the right size.  So I decided to just use single knobs instead.  This meant I had to get rid of 4 holes in the drawers.  I simply followed the directions on the water putty to mix it, then filled the holes and scraped off the excess with my putty knife.  After it dried, I sanded a bit more to even it out.  It worked perfectly!Chic side table puddy holesAfter the glue and putty were dry, I was ready to paint.  I ended up putting 3 coats on to cover the dark wood.  I made sure to use even strokes.Chic side table paintWhen the piece was completely dry, I used the same 150 grit sand paper to rub paint off of the edges.  In the words of my sister, I didn’t want it too shabby but I wanted it “oh, so chic.”Chic side table distress  After my sanding was done, I wiped the chest down again with a damp paper towel to remove the excess dust.  Then I poured a small amount of antiquing glaze into a small paint tray and mixed it with water until it was a much thinner consistency.  I brushed it on with a thin, jagged-ended brush.  If I ever thought that I applied too much, I just went back over it with a wet brush to get the desired effect.  When it was dry, I applied the paste wax and then buffed it off with an old towel.  I let that dry for about 24 hours and then applied the new knobs.chic side table after close upI love how it turned out and, most importantly, so did my mom!Chic side table after

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