Side Table Update

Kayla de Hoop
by Kayla de Hoop
4 Materials
4 Days

Update an old or thrifted side table simply with some chalk paint and scrapbook paper! This table was updated for less than $20 and is the perfect pop of color for any room.

I picked up this cute piece for FREE on facebook marketplace (great place for DIY projects). To start, I sanded down the flat surfaces, since I am using chalkpaint, I didnt worry to much about a perfect sanding job. I also removed the drawer handle and wiped down the inside.

As you can see in the first picture, there is a small hole in the back panel of the table. I am going to fill this with wood filler. To get a flat surface, I cut off the flap of a cardboard box and then covered it in plastic wrap hoping to keep the wood filler from sticking/adhering to the cardboard. I then taped the cardboard to the inside of the table and using a putty knife, filled the hole. Start filling the hole next to the edges first, ensure that there is wood filler in contact with the entire edge of the hole. The rough edge will provide a good grip for the wood filled to stick to.

I also used some heavy books to keep the cardboard in place while I filled the hole.

Once the wood filler was dry, I removed the cardboard and applied another coat of wood filler on both sides of the panel to smooth out any small divots. After the second coat was dry, I sanded it down for a smooth finish.

Now the fun part, PAINTING!

I used Behr's chalk paint Timeless Blue. I did three coats of paint, I may have been able to get away with two, but wanted to play safe with three coats.

Then I applied three coats of a polyurethane finish. I went with a water based finished for the clearest final product (I read that oil based finishes can have a yellow tint over time).

Now for the drawer. I found some great scrapbooking paper with metallic gold seams that I cut to fit on the side of the drawer.

Then I mod podged the paper to the drawer sides. I only mod podged one side, I wanted to make sure that the gold shine wouldn't be affected.

Aaaand here is the final product, I love how it turned out! The gold in the paper really catches the eye when the draw is pulled out and compliments the gold handle.

Thanks for reading!

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  • Kelly J. Tinney Kelly J. Tinney on Aug 30, 2021

    Did you like the Behr paint? I tried their black chalk paint and it was terrible.

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