I walked by when I first saw the antique parlor side table at the thrift store. But then, my cousin Terry talked me into buying it. The small wooden table was in decent shape. However, one of the brass claw foot covers was missing. In addition, the little foot was broken.
The side table reminds me of a drum table that I shared earlier this year. Did you notice that this little parlor table has four legs? While researching this table style, I noticed most had only three legs. Do you think it is worth the $10 price tag?
It's Furniture Fixer Upper Tour Day! Be sure to visit my friends' projects at the bottom of this post.
Clean And Prep Wooden Table For Painting
My favorite product for prepping wood furniture for paint is Surface Prep from Heirloom Traditions. Brush on, scrub if necessary, and wipe off. While preparing your project, this is an excellent time to inspect your thrift store purchase for needed repairs.
The surface prep cleans and deglosses in one easy step.
Use Heirloom Traditions Paint
For the color, I chose HTP All-in-One Paint, Irish Garden. See more Irish Garden projects here. Typically, I use a small foam roller, but I use my favorite craft brush for this project.
Did you notice I removed the brass covers on the claw feet? I'll be leaving them off. I think the wooden feet look okay without the brass covers, don't you?
Begin Painting Project Upside Down
I began painting the parlor side table upside down. This photo may help you see how petite this little table is.
In all, I painted 2 and ½ coats. How can you paint half a coat? The first coat is the "ugly" light coat. The second coat is equally light but makes the wooden table beautiful. That last half coat is a touch-up coat to bring it all together.
Aren't You Going To Paint The Top?
Good question. I decided to leave the top of the small parlor table natural. I'll share a great tip I got from one of our FFU friends. Denise from Salvaged Inspirations paints first, then sands the top back to get a crisp edge.
We'll see how it works for me.
Paint Everything Except The Top Of The Parlor Table
The rim of the parlor side table was painted, including over the edge of the tabletop.
Sand The Tabletop
An orbital sander made getting a nice, smooth finish quick and easy.
PolyShades Stain For The Parlor Side Table
Because I hadn't planned on staining this project, I had to use something I already had. The color of the Minwax stain is Royal Walnut.
I like the colors together, don't you? I decided to give it a topcoat to give some added protection to the top of the parlor side table.
Add A Topcoat Of HTP Satin Coat
The topcoat was easy. I applied the HTP Satin Coat with a sponge.
Blue Parlor Side Table
I love how this thrift store furniture project turned out. Blue is my favorite color, and this shade is perfect.
This photo shows my DIY wall-to-wall closet and an antique chair for which I made a drop-cloth slipcover. Sometimes, the parlor side table is called a lamp table. So, I had to put a lamp on it, so why not my Edison Bulb Touch Lamp?
Now you know Denise's secret to getting a clean, crisp look when doing a two-toned paint and stain project.
It's time to check out the other great projects for this month's Furniture Fixer Upper tour!
- Modern Gray Dresser A Ray of Sunlight
- Parlor Side Table Makeover (You are here, thank you)
- Black Side Table With Elegant Knobs Petticoat Junktion
- Faux Wood Painted Cedar Chest Salvaged Inspirations
- Super Easy Chair Makeover Confessions Of A Serial DIYER
I know you'll be blown away by the awesome furniture fixer-upper projects from my very talented friends.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.