Today I am sharing a simple Decoupage Table, a thrift store hexagon side table to be exact. Wait! That’s not the BEST part—the best part is . . . it was only $2.
This post is jam packed with some of my BEST DIY tips!!
Thrift Store Hexagon Side Table
Yep, this is what a $2 vintage hexagon side table looks like.
Tip #1 Don't pass up an ugly (cheap) side table.
I recently took part in a virtual online painting class with Jennifer Allwood. It consisted of several weekly videos of Jennifer showing how she works her magic on furniture pieces.
Clean with TSP
Step one is to clean your project. Now, granted, I typically skip this step and just do a quick wipe down with a cloth. However, this time I was trying to follow Jennifer’s instructions. I had this TSP in my stash because I do use it when there is a need. I mixed this powder in a small bucket and used a rag while wearing gloves to protect my hands.
Tip #2 Use TSP to clean all of your thrift store projects.
Cover Hinges with Vaseline
Another great trick I’ve learned (from Refunk My Junk) is to use Vaseline on hinges you don’t want to paint (OR remove)
Notice how clean the table is after the TSP treatment.
Tip # 3 Use Vaseline to coat hinges and protect them from paint.
DIY Chalky Paint Primer made with Plaster of Paris
As usual, I mixed up some DIY Chalky Paint Primer using some Plaster of Paris. This time I used some Valspar mis-tint paint. This is the method I use on 99% of all of my projects click the chalky paint primer link for the details.
Tip #4 Use homemade chalk paint as a primer
Easy Painting with Finish Max
To get the best coverage quickly, I used my Homeright Finish Max to paint the hexagon side table.
The DIY Chalky Paint Primer is very flat, that’s what makes it a great primer.
Tip #5 Get a flawless finish with a paint sprayer
Sand Between Coats with Brown Craft Paper
I get a lot of packages in the mail that are stuffed with thin brown craft paper. This paper sands just as well, if not better than fine sandpaper. A light sanding with the craft paper makes the diy chalky paint primer very smooth.
Tip #6 Use craft paper instead of sandpaper or steel wool in between coats. It's FREE
Apply Clear Wax with Damp Sponge
Tip #7 Dampen your sponge before applying wax.
If you look closely, you can see how the wax deepens the color slightly after it is applied with the sponge.
Lightly Distress with an Emery Board
I used a small emery board to do some light distressing all over the hexagon side table.
Tip #8 Use an emery board for light distressing. Because it has two different grits, you get the perfect distressing every time.
Spray Paint Vintage Hardware
I decided to keep the original vintage hardware, but give it an update with some Krylon Dual Spray Paint.
Tip #9 Use spray paint to update old hardware. Several light coats are best. Follow directions on can for dry time. Directions vary by brand and sheen.
Touch up Doors
Because I wanted this project to be a quickie, I left the doors closed while I sprayed the hexagon table with the Finish Max. After the cabinet dried a little, I used the paint that was left in the paint cup to do a little touching up on the doors. You can see I used a cheap chip brush to paint the door on the left on the top and side to give it a “finished” look. I took this picture so I could show you the before and after of the touch-up.
Decoupage with Wrapping Paper
On a recent trip to IKEA I picked up this pack of wrapping paper. Jennifer had done some decoupage on one of her projects, so I thought this paper would be perfect for my thrift store hexagon table.
Tip #10 Use wrapping paper for decoupaging.
I cut a piece of paper approximately the size of the door. Then, I placed the paper on the door and creased the edges so I would know where to cut the paper. I used a Fiskar’s Paper Cutter to get a nice straight edge.
For this project I used some Heirloom Traditions 1 Gel to adhere my wrapping paper to the doors of the hexagon table. I brushed it on with a chip brush, laid the paper on, then painted on some more of the 1Gel. You could use Mod Podge or any decoupage medium.
Decoupaged Blue Hexagon Side Table
I reattached the hardware and Voila! I was done! This wrapping paper is funny! Do you see what I see in it? Under the handle?
This is the same blue I used on the Triple Chair Bench--but this table has clear wax, where the triple chair bench has white wax.
I love how this little thrift store hexagon table turned out!
Before & After Hexagon Side Table Makeover
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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!
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