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It's Easy to Transform Modern Furniture With Paint!

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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!
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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.
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Unfortunately the top had some gouges and scratches.
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If it was solid wood it might have been a candidate for refinishing, but such was not the case.
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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.
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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!
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I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and painted the base with two coats of Old Ochre which is a lovely neutral color.
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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.
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I applied light distressing around the edges of the drawers.
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I didn't distress the diamond shapes as I wanted them to be subtle accents and not take center stage.
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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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To see more: http://theblacksheepshoppe.blogspot.com/2016/08/modern-sofa-table-transformed-with.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Gina
    Gina Sacramento, CA

    yes,I def need to practice first,ive only done small projects,candle sticks,pic frames...I tried chalk paint,1st time.didnt like it,too thick/clumpy,..dried too fast.Is there a trick to it?searching everywhere for matt finish spray paint,..in actual

  • Gina
    Gina Sacramento, CA

    Thank you,I will practice on sm furniture.Ive only done decor projects,..candleholders,pic frames ect..I tried chalk paint recently,didnt care for it,..thick/clumpy and dried faster than I could paint.Spray paint is my weapon of choice,no brush

    • Patricia
      Patricia Lebanon, OH

      Good luck with your project Gina! I hope you share photos on Hometalk as I would love to see your work. :-)

  • Patti Hofflet
    Patti Hofflet Johnstown, PA

    This is very pretty, ya done a great job. Im looking for something to make a very small kitchen island and redo, but our home is very small space is limited.

  • Patricia
    Patricia Lebanon, OH

    Thanks so much Patti! Keep looking and I'm sure you'll find the perfect piece for your space. Best of luck to you!

  • Lisa House
    Lisa House Vickery, OH

    Beautiful! Looks like a whole new piece! ❤️

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