Side Table Makeover

5 Materials
3 Hours

I was given this ornate side table a few months ago and it was just sitting in my garage.

It occurred to me I could use a side table in my living room so I decided to paint it to match my decor.


I paint furniture often so I took a coral chalk paint and terra cotta I had on hand to get the prettiest coral-cotta color.

My very first paint project was a side table 4 years ago. I was being frugal and painting a side table I had thrifted and that’s when I found my passion for painting!

If you are thinking of giving something a makeover I suggest start with a side table to get a feel for the paint if you are intimidated by starting a dresser or larger.

After cleaning and scuff sanding I painted a few coats of the coral cotta. The paint dries quickly so you can get a few coats in just a couple hours.

After that I did some dry brushing. I took a white paint that was barely on my brush (wipe excess off) and gently brushed around the box details to make them pop.

In this picture you can see on the left the dry brushing versus the right where it is not.

I prefer a weathered look but it’s all about what you like.

I also distressed it with sand paper afterwards too.

Lastly I sealed the piece up with Wise Owl salve and polished the hardware with Brasso.

I now have a cute side table that works in my space!

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