Sunday, June 18, 2017

$5 Bedside Table Makeover

Happy Father's Day and Happy Birthday to my sweet Mama!

I don't know about you, but I just get tired of looking at the same old decor and I have to change it up every now and again.  I've been like that ever since I can remember.  I was always moving things around in my room when I was a kid.
Since I needed a change, I decided to create myself a new bedside table.  I bought this little table at a yard sale about a year ago for $5 and then it just sat in our shop waiting for me to get around to making it look pretty again.
It needed some repairs but I wasn't worried because my honey can fix anything.  The whole top was loose and in several pieces.  It was even missing two pieces that my honey had to recreate the best he could.  Above its all back together with clamps holding it all together while the glue dried.
After all the glue had dried I lightly sanded the top because there was some nail polish spilled/painted on it.  You can now better see the two side pieces he fashioned to complete the top.
I'm not going to go into great detail on the process I used to paint it because its really the same technique I've used several times before.  You can see more on that right here.  First I cleaned the whole piece really good before I started, it was so dirty!  Basically I painted the whole thing with the above paint that I got a few years ago at Lowe's.  The color is Dust Bunny.  It's a very light beige color that has a tinge of pink to it.  Pretty!
After the paint dried really well I smeared some of this antiquing glaze on and then wiped most of it off until I got the look I wanted.  Its a personal preference and you certainly don't have to use this step but I like my furniture to look old and well loved.
TIP: If you live in Texas and its a million degrees outside on the day you are painting and the glaze dries too fast, just wet an old rag and wipe off what you don't want on there.
Lastly after everything dries and it'll be fast if you are in Texas in million degree weather, you will want to apply a sealer like this one to seal in all your hard work.  Now, before I applied this step I used our mouse sander and distressed the whole thing to make it look old and used.  I like it better that way.
When you distress a piece you will be able to see the base color underneath all the paint.  This is may favorite!
Luckily it came with these great brass knobs that I just cleaned up and put back on after everything dried good.
I carried my "new" bedside table into my bedroom and started decorating it and since my last table didn't have drawers to stash things in I was excited to put all my goodies in their little hiding spots.....BUT.....this is what I saw every time I opened the drawers. NOPE!  I had to do something about that!
How about some gorgeous blue chalk paint to cover all that up? YES!  I bought this paint at Walmart almost a year ago for another project that I ended up using something else on.  I started out using a sponge brush to paint in on but quickly decided I needed my trusty  paint brush to make it look smooth.
Tah-Dah! Much better!  It was drying here, but I already thought it looked much better than a bunch of marker scribbles did.
Yes, I like this view much better!  I know you're wondering where we got our lovely "multi shades of blue" carpet, aren't you?  Well, keep drooling because it came from the 80s and I don't think you can purchase it anymore! lol!  Some day we will get to change it out.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!
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  1. I like your night table makeover! Really nice! Sounds like we have similar honey-do lists! ha. I love the woodworking tools (clamps and glues) ...makes the furniture flips easier and more stable. The paint job looks great!

    1. Hi there, thank you so much! I just repaired one of kitchen chairs with wood glue and clamps over the weekend and I told my husband, I'm going to do all of them now because the one I repaired was so much more sturdy! Thanks for visiting and leaving a sweet comment.

  2. Your honey sounds like My Man. Isn't it wonderful that they can fix any thing. I tell people all the time that My Man can do anything. There are just some things that he doesn't like to do :)

    The table makeover is wonderful.

  3. Thank you and YES! Its awesome they can do anything our little minds think up! lol! :)


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