New Life to an Old Table

6 Materials
3 Days

I got this table at an online auction. I knew it would look great getting a facelift, but little did I know it would speak to me in a different way.

So, here it is. It was in good shape except for the right handle was broken on the door. Everything got a good cleaning with a degreaser.

The inside didn’t smell which is always a plus!

I taped off the top and painted it in a cottage white color. This took 2 coats.

We make our own chalk paint and this is the color that we use a lot. We do love this paint. It goes on well and has great coverage.

Ok, do you see what I see? The inset, or engraved part on the door is in the shape of a dog bone!

After it dried, I distressed it using a 120 grit sandpaper. The left side is distressed in this picture.

I found these handles in my stash that fit into the existing holes. But that top, it way too shiny.

So, I roughed up the shiny laminated top with a 60 grit sandpaper.

I taped off the top and put 2 coats of a white primer on the top. Then it got 2 coats of the cottage white chalk paint with sanding in between coats.

Ahhh, now it looks great . . . On the outside! No one would ever guess that a dog bed is waiting inside.

But it’s still so dark on the inside. I know this pix was taken before I painted the top. I really didn’t want to have to paint it but, one look and it’s obvious it needed it.

So it got a couple of coats of the same chalk paint as the outside.

Ahhh, so much brighter.

And look at that adorable dog bed now! It’s Gizmo approved!

Suggested materials:

  • Side table
  • Home made chalk paint
  • Sander
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  • Rosemary Rosemary on Apr 30, 2021

    Nice job! How did you make your chalk paint? What is the advantage of it over the regular Behr paint you used to make the chalk paint? Thanks!


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