I got this free antique side table from a reader, thank you Sharon B. She also gave me some bedroom furniture and a desk. Stay tuned for those in the future.
Antique Side Table
The table was in decent shape, with a few veneer issues, and a missing brace at the top.
Step 1 Make Repairs
The first step to a good makeover is to check for loose screws etc. The antique side table was a little wobbly, so I tightened the screws. I also tapped in all those tiny nails on the side braces.
There was a broken joint on the leg brace that someone had tried to repair.
After removing the finial, I separated the pieces in order to get glue in place.
Gorilla Wood Glue was applied with a silicone brush.
The wood glue easily wipes away with a baby wipe.
Step 2 Clean
An orbital sander with medium grit sandpaper was used to smooth out the broken veneer pieces on the antique side table. Then it was time for cleaning and deglossing with some HTP Deglosser.
Simply use a chip brush to apply the deglosser, then use a scrubber pad to give it a good scrub.
The deglosser will remove dirt, grease and grime, as well as dull a shiny finish to allow the paint to adhere.
Step 3 Paint
Now the antique table is ready for it's makeover!
Wow! The base of the table was so easy to paint. I forgot to take any pictures. It was a cool morning, and the paint went on like a dream! I used a brush and paint from Heirloom Traditions Paint. The color is Cobblestone. Isn't it beautiful?
Because I wanted to do this antique table makeover in a two toned color scheme, I did something very rare! I used painter's tape on the underside of the table.
How to Paint a Table Top
To get a really smooth finish, I prefer to use a small sponge roller, and a sponge applicator. You can find everything on Amazon at the HTP store. Seriously, that sponge applicator is a game changer!
I applied the second coat with the roller. Here's where I'll be totally honest with you. Although I LOVE this paint, the weather was really messing with me in the afternoon. The paint was not going on smoothly. Operator error? Perhaps.
Early the next day, I worked on the antique side table top before it got so hot. Can you see a color difference? I ran out of the white-ish paint, and switched to my favorite Colosseum color. Yes, the same color I used when I painted my kitchen countertops. It never really looks gray until you put it up against white!
While I was sitting on the patio, painting the table top, I added some Plastic Wood to help cover up the broken leg. That stuff is so awesome!
Do I Need to Wax the Paint?
No, you do not need to wax this paint. It's "all in one". The paint dries and cures really well.
Gray Antique Side Table
What about the missing brace? I didn't do anything about it, I figure the new owner can just place it against the wall so it's not noticeable.
Yep, the gray is so light it DOES look white, but now you know it isn't. I wonder if Sharon wants her antique side table back? Do you love the two toned color as much as I do?