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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  • Irene Irene on Jan 13, 2021

    hi i have a buffet from my dining room set i would like to paint it like the color Gary or ocean green color I would need the steps how to paint buffet I know I would change the door knobs and put crystal knobs. Please advise thank you.

  • Debbie Garrison Debbie Garrison on Jan 14, 2021

    Well it was a great piece before the paint. If the wood is in good shape or can be repaired why paint it☹️

  • Jody Price Jody Price on Jan 14, 2021

    What did you use the blending brush for? Thanks! Great job!

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  • JR Pablo JR Pablo on Jan 12, 2022

    I’m of a generation where I can’t bring myself to paint solid hardwood furniture. That being said, your piece is lovely. Really nice work.

  • Kathy Kathy on Jan 19, 2022

    I love the table without the paint, although you did a great job. I probably would have used a dull gold fixture on the drawer. Just saying.