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It's Easy to Transform Modern Furniture With Paint!

I gravitate to vintage furniture, but have a special place in my heart for modern-day furniture, too. And it's easy to transform it with paint!
This piece was manufactured recently. It's made of some sort of wood composite, with a shiny factory finish. It does have sturdy construction and isn't a bad looking piece.
Unfortunately the top had some gouges and scratches.
If it was solid wood it might have been a candidate for refinishing, but such was not the case.
I used my orbital sander to smooth out the scratches and gouges. Since the finish was smooth and shiny, I lightly sanded the remainder of the piece with 220-grit sandpaper to give a little roughness for the paint to cling to.
This photo illustrates the importance of using a drop cloth! It was 90+ degrees the day I painted the table. The palm of my hand holding the can of paint must have gotten too sweaty, and the next thing I knew the can slid right out of my hand. Luckily it hit the drop cloth and didn't splatter onto the already painted base!
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and painted the base with two coats of Old Ochre which is a lovely neutral color.
The top was painted in two coats of Coco which compliments the Old Ochre beautifully. I sealed the table with soft clear wax. I applied a second coat of wax the following day to the top for extra durability.
I applied light distressing around the edges of the drawers.
I didn't distress the diamond shapes as I wanted them to be subtle accents and not take center stage.
Finally here's a side-by-side of the before and after. This was one of my favorite projects to-date, but honestly I say that about whichever project I'm currently working on! Some upcoming projects are: another rocking chair (I can't get enough of those), a day bed, an executive desk, a 1940's chifferobe, and an antique buffet/sideboard that I just picked up today. I'd love for you to stop by my blog and follow by email to receive alerts of new blog posts!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Chalk Paint & Soft Clear Wax   (Winsome Cottage (Waynesville, OH))
  • Frog tape for crisp lines between colors   (Amazon)
  • Orbital Sander   (Home Depot)
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  • Lori
    Lori Canada
    on Aug 12, 2016

    It's lovely and good timing, I am about to do a dresser with the same shiny material. It is real wood and from a good company but not antique. We are moving in two weeks so I am going to sand and prime it here at the house and the movers can take it to the condo and not wreck the finish, sound like a good plan. Hope it turns out as nice as yours.

    • Patricia
      Patricia Lebanon, OH
      on Aug 12, 2016

      Thank you Lori! If you use a chalk type paint then you'll need to rough up the finish a bit. Other types of paint might require a primer. Good luck with your project and the move!

  • Patricia
    Patricia Lebanon, OH
    on Aug 12, 2016


  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Aug 12, 2016

    OOOH! Gorgeous! Love the colors. Brings the details out! Great job!

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Aug 12, 2016

    It looks beautiful! We just got a second hand table which is great but has similar scratches and gouges. You give me hope!

    • Patricia
      Patricia Lebanon, OH
      on Aug 12, 2016

      Thank you Hillela and good luck with your project! I'd love to see the before and after.

  • Christine Keating-Ingelse
    Christine Keating-Ingelse Bennington, VT
    on Aug 13, 2016

    Terrific makeover! It looks much better than the original finish!!!!

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