Found this great Midcentury Modern end table that someone was throwing away.
It was pretty scratched up, but I knew it would look great with a little modern update.
Time: 3 Hours Cost: $5 Difficulty: Medium
The table had a solid layer of dust so I gave it a good cleaning before I began working on it.
Step 1: Remove the Hardware
The drawer pulls were connected with a flat head screw and I was able to unscrew them easily.
The legs are solid metal and each ways a couple of pounds, they were stuck on pretty tightly, but with some elbow grease I was able to unscrew them from the plates.
Step 2: Sand
I sanded by hand and was able to remove some of the rough spots and scratches.
Reminder: You don't have to remove all of the old paint, just rough up the surface so new paint can stick.
Step 3: Paint
I chose to use spray paint because it is easier to work with and usually comes in more fun colors than traditional liquid paint.
I decided not to prime the table, instead opting for 3 to 4 thin layers of paint waiting 20 minutes in between coats.
Reminder: Don't worry if the coverage is uneven after your first two coats. Just wait for it to dry and add more. With spray paint it looks very blotchy in the beginning.
*Make sure to spray paint in a well ventilated area, ideally outdoors. (Don't forget a mask)
After I let the paint dry for a few hours I reattached the legs and the hardware.
I love the vintage style of the table and I thought it would make a perfect stand for my record player, a nod to the retro feel.
Now I just need to find a way to brighten up the brass legs.
Materials I used for this project:
- Spray Paint (Home Depot)
- Sand Paper