Any ideas on how to refurbish this little side table??

by Blu99
I purchased this worn out little table that has side pockets for magazines at a sale. I am thinking about sanding it down enough to possibly repaint it but am stumped on what color to paint it...and what kind of paint to use. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
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  • Houligirl Houligirl on Jun 12, 2015
    Hi Blu, If you are definitely set on painting it you could use chalk paint (not to be confused with chalkboard paint). There are a few on the market and if you are near a Michael's you can get it there. The chalk paint will adhere to the piece with no sanding necessary, although I would give it a light sanding to smooth imperfections. Great coverage, dries quickly and many color options.
    • Blu99 Blu99 on Jun 12, 2015
      @Houligirl Hi, There's a clear finish on most of it so do you think then that by sanding alittle (especially on the top) the chalk paint would still stick and be ok over a clear coat they applied? Thanks so much for your input!!!!!
  • Rose Rose on Jun 12, 2015
    Chalk paint, however, it's pricey! $29.00 per quart that's without sales tax.
  • Patti Patti on Jun 12, 2015
    The chalk paint @ Michael's is about $9 for 8 oz. but they often have a 50% off coupon you can use on it. As for color, I prefer an off-white but it's really a matter of taste. Good luck and have fun.
    • Blu99 Blu99 on Jun 12, 2015
      @Patti I was thinking of using an off white since I'm going to be reselling this I think that would go with more people's decor. Thanks so much!
  • CK CK on Jun 12, 2015
    What color? Well, it certainly depends on the rest of your decor in the room you plan to use it. I could suggest purple and you'd say "Ick!" Or you may love the suggestion :-) Give us a little more info about your style likes and I'm sure you'll get tons of suggestions. I redid two end tables using a technique that makes them look like old French furniture...but that may not be your slant. There are tons of colors out there and the one that fits you best, is the right one :-) The top looks rather worn. If you can't get it smooth (if you want that look) then chalk paint (DIY versions abound on google search or here on HT) will help cover that. You don't have to distress chalk paint as you usually see ;-) Another idea--- I did this for a client. I spray painted the entire end table. The top was too worn to get a smooth finish so I attached self-stick floor tiles that looked like marble. She loved it and it's very easy to clean and very durable.
    • Blu99 Blu99 on Jun 12, 2015
      @CK Connie, I like the idea of possibly putting tiles on the top......that would really give it a nice change! Thanks so much!
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Jun 12, 2015
    I know this piece looks yuk, but we did one like this and it turned out fabulous. We did it with stains. We sanded it down and used liquid varnish remover and you wouldn't believe the beautiful piece of furniture it turned out to be. It's a time piece. It depends on what you're going to use it for.
    • Blu99 Blu99 on Jun 12, 2015
      @Anne fenske Thanks so much for ideas!!!!! I appreciate your time!
  • Tandy Johnson Bobo Tandy Johnson Bobo on Jun 12, 2015
    To me that little table is begging to be painted in a two-tone color. Is this for you or are you selling it? If you are keeping it, go with what makes you the happy, but if you are selling it, I wouldn't go shabby chic with it - it's too cool of a retro table. Besides, shabby chic is starting to move aside for just a chic look. Gold and bronze is really starting to come back in so I would work that in some way- even if it is to modge podge something to the top surface that has gold in it then paint the rest a solid color. The veneer on the surface looks like it is starting to warp so modge podge might be the way to go there. Or if you're really feeling crazy, I would take some gold craft paint (less than $1 at Walmart) and a small paint brush and fill in all the those cute lines in gold. If I were to buy this completed, I would like to see it in cream with a brown stain and then gold accents. If do want to go the chalk paint route, just make your own. It's very inexpensive (make it for $3) I left a link below on how I make it. Instead of buying plaster of paris, you could substitute it with baking soda and craft paint. I used homemade chalk paint made from craft paint on my sewing table that I posted here on hometalk- Sewing Table Turned Planter. Good luck. You should post it when you're done. I'd love to see what you do with it! Homemade chalk paint recipe...
    • Blu99 Blu99 on Jun 12, 2015
      @Tandy Johnson Bobo Thanks so much Tandy..........I'm going to resell it for sure as I don't have anymore room for furniture. LOL I'll take a look at your link you sent me. As far as the accent colors I do like the idea of two tone!!!! It will probably be awhile before I do this as the temps are 90's outside and I don't want to run the sander in the house. Love your ideas and thanks so much!
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Jun 12, 2015
    I agree with Tandy, black spindles would look nice and gold design on the magazine rack , or down the wings ( leaf and vines maybe) . Show a pic when done.
  • Houligirl Houligirl on Jun 12, 2015
    I also agree with Tandy. Black and gold or white and gold are always beautiful. You can also go with one color and use a gold paint pen to outline details. Godd luck and let us know how it turns out.
    • Blu99 Blu99 on Jun 12, 2015
      @Houligirl You guys are the best!!!!!! I will say though that it isn't a veneer top. It is wood and it just has some bad stains that should sand out and smooth out. But I like the idea of white and gold or an off white and gold. It will be awhile before I do it due to the high heat outside but I'll post a photo when it's done! Thanks so much!
  • Ramona Lundrigan Sturge Ramona Lundrigan Sturge on Jun 13, 2015
    minwax gel stain ..pick a color you like and redo with the gel simple to use and no need to sand or strip
  • Debra R Debra R on Jun 13, 2015
    I would strip it and stain it with a dark stain. You'll want to keep it when you finish!
  • Patti Heaton Patti Heaton on Jun 13, 2015
    Dark furniture is trending right now. I'd use a midnight blue with a touch of gold craft paint on the horizontal lines.
  • Nancy Nancy on Jun 13, 2015
    You should consider miss mustard seed milk paint. I think 2 colors would be nice and let it chip. You can see examples on her web site.
  • Bernadette Johnsen Bernadette Johnsen on Jun 13, 2015
    I ha e 2 of the same tables, just sanded down lightly and painted a black/gray color. They look great!
  • Linda Pillon Crawford Linda Pillon Crawford on Jun 13, 2015
    I have the exact was black, I used American Paint Company chalk paint, in Dolar Bill, a lovely soft green, polycrylic for the protectant. It's gorgeous now! No need to strip it if using chalk or mineral paint. I did use two colours, white mixed with some of the green for the bottom shelf, and inside those ends.
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    • Blu99 Blu99 on Jun 13, 2015
      Hi Linda, It looks beautiful!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!! @
  • Cineida Cineida on Jun 13, 2015
    Everything depends of your home decor. As you notice Linda have gray colored carpet so she match the color of the table. Which looks beautiful.
    • Linda Pillon Crawford Linda Pillon Crawford on Jun 14, 2015
      The table isn't grey, it's dollar bill green, a light green . My furniture is a buttercup yellow sofa, my walls are silver sage green, my carpet is a deep green with a blue hue ( plan on wood floors soon), and green blue drapes
  • EllieH EllieH on Jun 13, 2015
    I recommend chalk paint also. Thanks Linda for sharing your wonderful project. I repainted an old little brown pedestal side table in a "limon yellow" (can't remember the exact name on the Annie Sloan paint can), then finished with dark wax (charcoal) to end up with a CITRON colour (deep mustard with a hint of lime). I chose that colour to coordinate with other decor, so you'll need to decide where exactly you want to put it and then coordinate with the rest of your decor in that room. Wood tones are trending much lighter (think greyed driftwood) than the espresso (brown-black) that we've been seeing for the last 10 years. Think of flower garden accent colours - any colour that makes you happy would be a fun choice you'll enjoy for years to come.
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  • Blu99 Blu99 on Jun 13, 2015
    Thanks so all of you for your wonderful hints, advice and choices. Gives me a lot to think about and am excited to start the project as soon the weather is a little less humid. WINTER? LOL
  • Francine Cianflone Francine Cianflone on Jun 13, 2015
    Have a look into "cottage paint" all kinds of neat effects are possible and a great choice of colours :) This type of paint is made especially for furniture restoring , Have fun !! :)
  • Beth Robinson Gasparini Beth Robinson Gasparini on Jun 13, 2015
    Turn it into a bench seat and paint it a color that blends with your room then put a bright fabric on the top with some foam cushion. You could even put some gold or silver accents on the paint.
  • Thej Thej on Jun 13, 2015
    What a cute looking table! Great find.
  • Nana in Texas Nana in Texas on Jun 13, 2015
    I LOVE this piece and have just the place for it beside my recliner! I have recently found the chalk-paint brand called Shabby Paints. Search for their website and also follow their FB page for lots of tips and pictures of what others have done. Of all the brands out there, Shabby Paints have no VOC's that cause asthma and other health problems, and are so easy to use. I'm not a dealer, just think they are a great, Made in the USA, product. Their website is
    • Blu99 Blu99 on Jun 13, 2015
      Hi Nana, I'm going to sell it when I get it done. I'll check into Shabby Paints. I always love Made in the USA products! I appreciate your input! @
  • Maggie Huffman Maggie Huffman on Jun 13, 2015
    Seems to have a deco look, which I love...I would go with a metallic paint or mirrored effect or combination of both. It's a treasure!!!
  • Martha May Martha May on Jun 13, 2015
    Depends where you want to use it. Casual, French provincial or shabby chic? These 3 are very similar. French Prov. a bit more dressy but still not so formal. So.. sand it well to take lacquer off. brush and wipe it clean with metho spirits. give it another brush. Then you can paint it with lime wash (which you can colour (soft) ) then finish as FP. Shab Chic or Casual. For the top I think after paint get a nice summery print. Lavender, Poppies or a picture of something you like and the cost now comes by getting a piece of glass. Shatter proof to sit on the top. Get the corner rounded. OR no picture but kitchen splash back coloured glass to sit on the top.(corners rounded) if you want clear a tray cover or rectangular crochet or a large place mat I too think it is in deco genre so think about a deco design for the top. Great little find and goog luck with your project..( :->)
  • Saban Suzanne Saban Suzanne on Jun 14, 2015
    It would look great white washed. I had a fire place frame I wanted to use once but no time to fuss. I found a bottle of pine stain and mixed it in a can of white latex paint. Did not really rhink it would work but 10/years later and it is still fine.
    • Nad1536561 Nad1536561 on Jun 14, 2015
      @Saban Suzanne what was the mix ratio you used, would love to try that.
  • Nad1536561 Nad1536561 on Jun 14, 2015
    no matter what you decide to do cleaning is the first and most important step. Home Depot or Lowes has a variety of cleaners but I like the TSP. If you choose chalk paint or milk paint you can eliminate the sanding step, which I love. I would still lightly sand with one on those sponge sanding blocks and then clean all the dust. It is a great little table and hope you post the after pic!
  • Charlie Charlie on Jun 14, 2015
    I would match it to the existing colours you have in the room your going to use it. Or make it a contrasting colour to go with what you already have. I depending on those colours if you want it to pop I would suggest a primary colour, or if you want to tone down your other colours more of a pastel or white. Or you could always refinish with a stain that you really like. Let us know what you do, with a picture.
  • Karen Kautz Karen Kautz on Jun 14, 2015
    It is an older furniture piece from back in the 50's or older. I would put a wood stain of a color of your choice. I, myself; prefer a lighter wood color.
  • Blu99 Blu99 on Jun 14, 2015
    Thanks so all of you with the great comments, advice and suggestions!!!!!!!!!!
  • Blu99 Blu99 on Jul 07, 2015
    Well I finally got the table done..........I used Shabby Paints Worn White and then gave it two coats of wax before adding Golden Oak stain. In the grooves I painted Gold Leaf. I'm not super thrilled with the results but for my first attempt I guess it will have to do
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    • Patti Patti on Jul 08, 2015
      @Blu99 I think you did a great job. It looks beautiful!
  • Blu99 Blu99 on Jul 08, 2015
    Thanks so much Patti! But boy it wasn't what I really wanted but at least it does look better than the way it looked originally when I purchased!
  • Ruth Jicha Ruth Jicha on Jul 08, 2015
    You did a wonderful job! (it might be a telephone table)
  • Blu99 Blu99 on Jul 08, 2015
    Thanks Ruth! I think you might be right about it being a telephone table!!!!