Antique Side Table Makeover

Hi friends!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I had a date with my hubby to celebrate my birthday (which of course included a stop at one of my favorite stores- Anthropologie) and the boys had their final soccer game of the season.  I think they’re relieved that it’s over; hopefully next year they’ll be more excited about it and understand the rules better.

Sometimes I joke that my mom is my personal assistant because she always keeps a lookout for special pieces at yard sales and thrift stores for me.  She brought this vanity to me (which became one of my all-time favorite makeovers) and also brought me this antique side table, among other pieces.

When I first got it, this table was painted a beige/light army green (not the best color to pay tribute to an antique) and was filthy.  Here are a few “before” pictures:

The details everywhere (even on top) were gorgeous – but the floral paper that had been taped inside the drawer was not!  I was a little worried about what I might find under the paper but thankfully the wood was in very good condition.

Outside though, there were lots of little knicks and a few big chunks of wood were missing.  I filled in several areas with layers of Minwax Wood Filler, letting it dry for a few hours and then sanding it smooth.

After the repairs were finished, I painted the table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Paris Grey.  Then I painted the fabric detail with Chalk Paint® in Old White.

Finally I applied Annie Sloan’s clear wax to protect the table.  HERE is an in-depth post I wrote about how to use Chalk Paint® and wax when refinishing furniture.

I love using gray as a balance in a room with a lot of bright colors.  I also painted my armoire gray last year and it’s still proudly on display in my cheerful bedroom!

I also really like how the white now makes the fabric detail pop – there’s no reason to camouflage the elements that make this piece so special!

 I’m in <3.

What do you think of this little table makeover?  I’d love to hear it!


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5 Comments on Antique Side Table Makeover

    • Jen
      October 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks so much Amy! Glad you like it. 🙂

  1. julie
    October 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow…I have a similar piece that I picked up…it’s black with carvings all over. I was debating to chalk paint or not. After looking at this little guy, I am going to do it in graphite ASCP. I never was much for black but have been acquiring some great stuff with black finishes!

    Thanks for the inspiration!


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