Sunday, January 8, 2012

Before & After

♥Side Table Before & After♥

Before and Afters are one of my favorite things to look at on blogs. I love seeing how things can be transformed from drabulous to fabulous:)

My daughter wanted a bedside table and had found some that she really liked at Pottery Barn. While very pretty, they are also very expensive!

me: Well, dear daughter, this is the perfect excuse to hit some thrift stores and see what we can find!!

11 yr. old daughter: Noooooo!!!!! (moans, moans, and more moans)

Lets just say she hasn't been bit by the "thrifting" bug and I don't see it happening anytime soon:)

Oh well, off we went moans and all and ended up finding this table for $9.99.


Gorgeous right?! Well, I saw the potential!

 I'm sure daughter agreed with me just so we could get out of the store and be done with it!

The finish on the table was peeling badly,

and there was some water stains on top.
But, overall a good piece, with beautiful lines.

This was also my first time using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

I did have to scrape off all the old yellow varnish that was peeling, but other than that, no other prep was needed with ASCP.


I did two coats of chalk paint in Old White and finished with her clear wax.

I just lightly brushed over the handles with the same paint.

Love the curvy lines.

*Btw, the picture on the table was another thrift find that I will post about another day.

Daughter ♥'s her table!

Have a great day,

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Kerri Winder Designs said...

I'd love to have that table in my bedroom, its gorgeous! well done Michelle.

That's one of the things I miss most about living in London is finding such great bargains and doing them up...NZ doesnt really have a lot of good second hand shops :0(

Holly Loves Art said...

It is so gorgeous now! I've heard so many great things about the chalk paint. Thanks for sharing. I hope to be able to use some on a project one day.

Take care,

Pitter and Glink said...

Did you really like using the chalk paint versus spray paint or regular paint? And how easy was the wax to apply? You did a really great job on the table! It's just beautiful! :)

The Little Red Shop said...

Ooh, it looks wonderful!

Happy New Year!

: )

Julie M.

Sandy said...

I had to stop by and let you know, Your table turned out beautiful.. the Chalk paint is really a great medium.. Love it!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Michelle, it turned out beautifully! I know your daughter will remember this lesson when she's grown and buying her own furniture, not to mention she'll be remembering how her Mom painted that table just for her. :) I love the detail work on that piece...great find and fabulous metamorphosis!

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

I love it! You did a great job. I am going to run out to the garage right now because my husband has an old cheap coffee table he was going to cut up for firewood. I have to give that table another look with fresh eyes! Thank you, and happy new year my friend!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from Met Monday! I just love these little frenchie pieces! Looks great!

Stacie (craft-princess) said...


GypsyFox said...

wow what a great makeover! loving this blog!!!

Amy Chalmers said...

Just gorgeous! All that kind of french provincial furniture looks so pretty painted white!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

What a beautiful after...can't wait to see it in the room!

Abbie said...

Fantastic transformation! (I love the "Wish" banner that you hung on it!).

I would be thrilled if you would link this up at my very first Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL...going on right now (250 + links and growing...can you tell I'm excited??! : ))
P.S. I'm your newest follower. : )

~Abbie (

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!! i have been putting off purchasing the chalk board paint and i have to get it NOW!!!!! thanks for the inspiration...a painting i will go!!!! as always my friend -- you are just brilliant! doxie hugs to you and yours : )!!!!

trish said...

What a darling table make over.

Pamela said...

I am a sucker for french provincial furniture! That is pretty much the only thing I will buy to paint. Its curvy lines and hardware just get me smiling! Love your make over and what a steal on it!! I would love to find a piece like this for just $10!

Becky @ Petals Lace and Pearls said...

SO cute!! LOVE it! I am looking for end tables, new/old i really don't care, and I would be up for some repurposing=) just need some that will store toys and such so my living room doesn't look like a daycare center!!!=)

Erin (Out on a Limb) said...

Beautiful! I'm on the hunt for a couple of end tables for my living room, myself and have never refinished anything myself. Thanks for some inspiration. I'm happy I stumbled on your blog through the Brambleberry Cottage.

Have a great day!

Alida - Radcrafter said...

Beautiful work!

I'd love to invite you to share this on my Thingamajig Thursday party going on now..


Betsy said...

The table turned out so cute! I have one similar to what you found that would look great painted like that. I had never heard of this paint, so will look for it. My youngest daughter didn't used to like going to all my favorite junking places, but now it's what we do together all the time. At some point, she caught the bug!

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a fabulous job! This is my first visit to your site, so I took some time to browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. You've created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love this! I have 2 of these tables but mine have a marble insert on the top. I am thinking of painting everything cream but the top and leaving it stained wood which is actually in great shape.
Thanks for the inspiration!


Amanda said...

Hello! I am visiting from Ruby Jean's! You did a beautiful job on that sweet little table! I just started using chalk paint last week, and let me tell you...I am hooked! I really enjoyed your post, and I will be pinning a pic of your made over table to my Annie Sloan Inspiration Pinterest board! Looking forward to following you, too!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Linda M. said...

The end table is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Warmly, Linda

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Wow, this is absolutely beautiful!

Lorraine said...

Wow, that's amazing...great job!! Chalk paint is awesome, and your table had good "bones"...amazing transformation! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

Candy said...

Great makeover and I'm wondering if grand daughters tune has changed...on the thrift thing.
Blissful Blessings ;-)

Unknown said...

LOVE it!

Unknown said...

What a fabuous find! the table turned out so pretty! Funny how kids are, last summer my son got all into thrifting and even "treasure hunting' on big trash day with us. He brought home all kinds of lovely little goodies he couldn't believe people were throwing away!

Fast forward one year... he will NOT be caught dead treasure hunting and hates the thrift stores.

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