A Unique and Updated Look for That Old Side Table

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The hottest trend right now in the furniture market is a mix of wood and paint. The contrast is always stunning! This solid mahogany wood side table was in rough condition. The back leg had a large, deep gash that needed to be filled. The other leg had lots of Nick's that also needed to be filled in. I'm not a fan of staining over wood filler, it never looks right. And I didn't have a dark enough paint to blend it in, so I wanted to paint the back legs. But, the front legs were salvageable. So, I decided to do half paint, half stain 😉 Here's how I did it....
As always, clean the piece! You'd be surprised how much dirt and grime comes off of a piece that looks relatively clean. I prefer to use Frenchic's sugar soap. It's non toxic but gets all that dirt off easily. After washing it down with sugar soap, I wipe it down with plain water.
Now, it's time for the dreaded sanding. Where you're painting, do just a quick scuff sand with 220 grit sandpaper, this gives the paint some "tooth" to grab onto. Where you want to stain, you have to sand down to bare wood. If veneer, be carefully not sand through it. This piece was so old, the finish was basically worn off, so I didn't need to strip it. But if your piece has a thick finish, it'll be a time saver to strip it off. Start with 100/120 grit sandpaper. For the legs, I sanded by hand. For the flat parts, I used my orbital sander. Sand majority of the finish and color out. Now move to 150/180 and continue sanding until all bare wood. Finish off with a quick 220 grit sand. Then wipe down and remove all sanding dust. For my piece, I wanted some variation in color, so I left some of the old stain on the legs, especially in the details.
Grab your stain and a clean cloth. I like using either old t-shirts or paper towels. I used varathane gel stain in Mahogany. Gel stains can be used like a regular stain- apply and wipe off; or they can be left on for longer periods of time, which gives a darker/deeper color and hides more of the wood grain. I applied and immediately wiped off.
Now, we can paint. I used Frenchic Furniture Paint's "Grey Pebble". Frenchic is a creamy, non toxic mineral and chalk paint that is new to us over here in the US. I only needed one coat with a light second coat in spots.
Once the paint was dry to the touch (about 20-25 minutes), I dry brushed Frenchic's "Ivory Tower" over top to accentuate the details and edges. (Dry brushing is when you take a dry brush, add a very small amount of paint to it, dab most of it off, and lightly brush over areas that you would like to highlight) Finally, using a sponge, I finished off with Frenchic's white wax.
For the wood...After the stain has dried for at least 36 hours, apply Retique It's waterbased polyacrylic. I like to apply 3 coats to the top, 2 coats elsewhere, waiting 2 hours in between coats.
For the final touches, I added a new pull that I had in my stash and some pretty contact paper to the line the drawer.
This style was a huge success and sold within minutes of listing it
This piece required a very small amount of product. You'd be safe ordering the small containers of Frenchic Furniture Paint
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3 questions
  • Linda
    on Jan 13, 2020

    Why does the top of table look like it is striped?

  • Denise
    on Jan 23, 2020

    why paint it would have cleaned up beautiful

    • Mary McDonald
      on Jan 31, 2020

      Let’s see. 1-She wrote in her post about paint AND wood grain together on a piece is becoming very popular. 2-She must have made a great choice as she sold it within minutes of listing it. 3-She explains why the back legs required painting, hence the front legs were in good enough shape to restain. 4-Personal choice :-)

  • Monica Clark
    8 days ago

    I have a question that does not have anything to do with this project,the angel wings that was done on a previous project fi have left numerous comments asking where to purchase the wings and have never heard back from anyone could you get me some help thanks

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  • Shari
    on Jan 31, 2020

    Perhaps I didn't make myself clear, Mary. I wasn't asking why she didn't do all of the legs the same, I was simply stating that I, myself, might personally have chosen an alternative. It was not a criticism and I did see all of her explanations.


  • Sandra
    on Feb 1, 2020

    Love love. Thank you for sharing.

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