A Quick Upgrade on These Side Tables

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These side tables were given to me for a quick makeover. The owner had a black chest of drawers in their bedroom and wanted these side tables to match.


They were solid wood with glass tops. We agreed that I will paint them black and sand down the legs to raw wood.


I took off the legs and sanded them down with my orbital sander with sandpaper grit 120, 220,320

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As for the body, I scuff sanded them with 220 grit, then applied 2 coats of primer.

Once the primer dried, I used several coats of valspar furniture and cabinet paint. I apply this paint with a microfiber roller and it gives me a really smooth finish I love.

I applied 3 coats of polycrilyc clear coat on the legs and it was all done!

Because the paint is cabinet paint and made for heavy traffic areas it doesn't require a clear coat! This is a quick and effective way to update an otherwise outdated piece of furniture.

Suggested materials:

  • Electric sander   (Amazon)
  • Sand paper   (Amazon)
  • Valspar furniture paint   (Lowe's)
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