I am a sucker for picking up old chairs and small tables. Whether I see them at a thrift store or a flea market, they seem to shout my name as I go by. Most of the time I have to look past the current styling and overall dirt. Instead, I think of all the possibilities for a brand new look. Case in point, I recently picked up a couple of old end tables from a thrift store. The tables had seen their better day but the price was right. I can always use an end table or nightstand somewhere so I made plans for a table makeover or two that would fit my style.
I’ll show you how I distressed painted one of them, in a shabby chic style, to use in a small sitting area. The other table I made more rustic for use as a nightstand in my son’s bedroom. You can see the details of that table makeover at my makeover post using a freezer paper image transfer.
End Table Before Makeover
The only thing I like about this table is the shape. It has a laminate top which makes it much harder to paint. The grime is disgusting and I also don’t care for the drawer pull. It was going to take a little creativity to make this table usable and shabby chic.
Before I could begin the makeover, I had to prep the table. First, I removed the drawer pull and cleaned off the surface grime. Next, I sanded the old paint off the table base and cleaned it again with a damp rag. Finally, I brushed on a couple of coats of Zinsser paint primer on the table top. It does a great job of preparing a laminate top for the actual paint.
Steps To Distress Painting Table
Normally, I like to use chalk paint to paint furniture. However, for this table, I just used some leftover wall paint that I had used for my daughter’s bedroom. It was Benjamin Moore Mochachino, a very subtle pink.
I keep all of my leftover wall paint in new smaller paint cans just for purposes like this. Because I had enough of the Mochachino left over, I decided to use that plus a little bit of cream paint. Plus, the color would fit in nicely with my shabby chic office/sitting area.
- First I brushed on a couple of coats of the mochachino and let it dry.
- To brighten up the table a little, I then brushed on some cream color paint very lightly so you could still see some of the pink.
- Because I wanted even more of the pink to show in some areas, I sanded over the white paint in some areas to see more pink.
- And here is the crazy part! It’s crazy because I hated the yellowish grime on the table before the makeover. However, I wanted to add a little more age to the table. So, I rubbed on a little brown shoe polish in creases and other key areas. It gave some subtle aging in a clean kind of a way.
Adding A Chic Drawer Pull
You can have a lot of fun with creative drawer pulls. In fact, I dedicated a whole post just to drawer and cabinet pulls that you can make on a budget. My idea for this table was super simple. I had some chic gold wired ribbon that would make a nice accent. To give it some more charm, I strung a vintage key on the ribbon. Then I inserted each end of the ribbon into the two holes where the previous pull was screwed. To hold the ribbon in place, I just tied the two ends together, at the inside of the drawer, and then dabbed on some E6000 craft glue.