Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Console Table Makeover

I love KSL Classifieds. Before there was Pinterest, I spent a lot of time pouring through pages and pages of chairs, tables, and sundry other items. In the fall I spotted this table for $10 and I sent my DS1 to pick it up after his college classes.  

It is a pretty small table but it is perfect for my iHome and a few little decorations.  You can never have enough drawers, so even though this one is small, it is handy.

Last June my kids all changed rooms and we ended up having my youngest son's room left empty.  The hubby wanted to bash through the wass and turn it into a closet extension, but I claimed it for an office/studio.  I teach music lessons at home, so it is really nice to have a dedicated space.  More on the makeover of the room later. . . today, just the table.

I wanted the table to have a little pop, so I chose orange.  I have a great store nearby called The Painted Daisy Floral Shop and they carry Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  This is a video of the owner.  She is a doll!  She was actually painting a table when I arrived at the store and she gave me a lesson right then and there.  I was sold and had a little splurge. . .

Just so you know, this table went from drab to fab in about 2 hours.  Here's what I did:

  1. I washed the table with a lightly soapy solution to be sure that there was no Pledge or other product clinging to the table and allowed it to dry.  This is Utah, so the drying time was minimal!
  2. I used a nice paint brush to apply a thin layer of the orange chalk paint over the entire table.  You do not have to sand or prime the table. 
  3. After about 30 minutes the table was dry, so I gave the table a second coat of paint.
  4. When the table was dry, I used a piece of a t-shirt to apply the Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax to the entire table.
  5. The I used a sanding block to distress a few edges.  I did not want a seriously shabby look- just a happily worn look.
  6. I then used a tiny piece of a T-shirt to apply a bit of the Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax to add some aging on the edges and aroud the knob hole.  If the dark is too dark, you can use some more clear wax as an eraser.  But. . . you do need to work fairly quickly.
  7. Let the table sit for 15-20 minutes.  Then buff with a clean piece of t-shirt.
  8. Add a cute new knob (I love Hobby Lobby for knobs, and voila!  A whole new look! 

Sorry.  I didn't take process photos.  It had been a VERY bad day and this project was very cathartic.  Taking photos would have ruined the flow of the experience.