Welcome to this month's Thrift Store Decor project. Okay, so this is suppose to be a thrift store makeover, but I actually got this side table free last Winter when my neighbors moved.
It was a free for all kind of situation, but my storage situation made me make some tough decisions. I couldn’t take everything.
There was a thunderstorm rolling in, so I didn’t have a lot of time to load up what I wanted and get it home.
I worked on the old dresser right away and you can see what I did with it in my post waterfall dresser makeover.
The brown piece under the dresser was some kind of headboard—it recently found it’s way to the curb when I worked on cleaning out the garage. The door is still in storage waiting for it’s repurpose. But the star of today’s post is that small side table.
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You can see that the table was dirty by looking at the used Clorox wipes. After using the wipes, I mixed up a solution of TSP to make sure there wasn’t any leftover furniture wax or greasy residue.
As always I mixed up some diy chalky paint primer for my Homeright Finish Max.
It’s best to spray the tops of tables while laying on their side—to get a better coverage.
The table isn’t perfect, but giving it a fresh coat of paint already makes a big difference. I did four light coats altogether. Two coats with the chalky paint primer, and two coats of satin, all were Polished Pearl.
I chose some Barnwood Wax to seal and protect the paint. My favorite way to apply the wax is with a slightly damp car wash sponge.
Starting out with a light coat of wax, I decided that I wanted it to be a little darker. Using colored waxes gives me a lot more options of a final result.
After a light coat of the wax applied with a sponge, I picked up a cheap chip brush to give the table some texture and definition.
I love it!
Quick and easy painted furniture makeovers fill the gaps of my larger projects. I love building, but sometimes I need a little break.
I sure hope you check out the wonderful projects from the rest of the Thrift Store Décor Team.
Petticoat Junktion Thrift Store Wreath
Our Southern Home Farmhouse Stool
Domestically Speaking Painted Owl Lantern
My Repurposed Life Side Table Makeover
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Picture Frame Serving Tray
What have you done lately to give a thrift store item a makeover?
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
I have an old dresser that looks a lot like the one in your photo of your loaded up truck, I have been wanting to do this type of finish on it.
Oh this is an awesome makeover and you can't beat free! Love it Kathy
Ummmm, why did I just call you Kathy lol. Sorry about that, I think I saw Kathy's comment and it stuck in my head.
Thanks so much Kristin!
gotta love FREE!
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
I need to check out that wax... love how it turned out!
I love easy projects like this table makeover.
Free is always good. Thanks for the tutorial. Adding character to a piece of furniture sometimes means using multiple products and techniques.
These tables are everywhere Kathy! I'm taking it to my craft show this weekend, I hope it finds a new home. 😉