I love to be able to rescue furniture from thrift stores and give them new life. Not only that, it is a super affordable way to get a unique table, chair or dresser. I found this end table from a resale shop in Traverse City, MI and thought it would be perfect to distress and use in my shabby chic home office.
This is the look when I bought it. The first thing I did was to remove the drawer pull and sand off the old paint and finish. It also had a lot of dirt and grime. What a messy job! This took quite a while but it was rewarding to see the table come down to it’s bare bones. After sanding, I wiped the table clean with a moist rag and then I wiped it off again and then cleaned off myself and the floor…..
Now I was ready to paint. For the table top, I used a Benjamin Moore latex paint called Mochachino—sounds good enough to drink! This had not been the ideal table top. It was a laminate :(. I had sanded off pretty much all of the waxy finish but I still had to put three coats of paint on for a good coverage. Normally, I would pick furniture that is solid wood but it worked out in the end.
On the legs and drawer, I used a combination of cream and a little bit of the Mochachino. I sanded off parts of the paint in key areas when dry.
To add to the aged look of the table, I rubbed in a little bit of brown shoe polish into the creases in the legs. I used a very small sponge applicator to fit into the crease without touching the outside.
I didn’t want to put the same drawer pull back on so I searched my craft room for something fun. I chose a wired ribbon with an old key threaded on. I simply tied the ribbon together at the inside of the drawer.
Now I’m ready to add some accessories to the top of the table!