This is the story of an end table.
It’s the story of an end table that tried to get the better of me.
But it didn’t know who it was messing with.
Let me back up a bit though.
I spotted this little magazine table at the thrift store. I wasn’t looking for one, and didn’t really need it, so I walked away and looked at other things.
Then I realized it was half-price furniture day, so instead of costing $7.99, it was only $4.
Even though it was pretty banged up and missing some wooden buttons, I figured it was worth four bucks.
It had potential, and I was sure I could do something farmhousish with it.
So, I brought it home, and the first order of business was to sand down the beat up top.
I didn’t bother trying to remove the finish from the grooves because I thought that would add to the plank look when I was done with it.
Since I wanted to give it a farmhouse look, the Self-Rising Flour stencil seemed perfect for it.
I finished stenciling, and it looked great. But the story takes a U-turn here.
I stained over the top of the design, thinking it was going to look wonderful.
I was wrong.
The stain looked too dark over the black image. Way too dark. I was so discouraged, I didn’t take a photo of it.
There was no way I was going to let my $4 go to waste.
Back to the drawing board.
I sanded the top back down to the bare wood again, but didn’t stencil anything on it this time. I just stained the top. I’d learned my lesson.
Now I could finally move on to painting the base. First I hot-glued new wood buttons where they were missing.
Since it’s too cold to paint outdoors, I used Deco Art Chalky Paint (affiliate link) in the color “everlasting.” It dries fast and has good coverage and no odor.
It did take two coats to cover the dark wood, but I didn’t have to sand or prep it at all.
I painted it upside down so there was no way I would get paint on the top of the table. I didn’t want to sand it all down a third time!
Finally! It was finished.
That little $4 table made me work hard for the bargain!
I love how it turned out, but now you know why I don’t do many furniture makeovers. 🙂
You can see the ones I have done HERE.
Vaya con Dios,