Hello beautiful friends!! I’m back today with a dainty little painted antique side table. One of my awesome former neighbors reached out to me in the fall to let me know she had a few things that I might be interested in.
I was so pleasantly surprised when one of those pieces was this pretty side table:
I am always drawn to older pieces. They just don’t make things like they used to!
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This table wasn’t without its issues though.
The veneer on the drawer fronts were coming loose, so I secured those with wood glue:
The top had several scratches and the veneer on one of the sides was coming off:
I had no choice but to remove it on that side, and since it seemed pretty loose, I did that with the help of a razor scraper:
However, I ended up gouging it in a few areas where it was stuck more securely. A better way to handle that would have been to lay it on its side and apply a very wet towel to the area and leave it sit for a day or so to loosen the glue.
To fill in the boo boo areas, I used Dixie Mud:
I also filled in the scratches on the top and sanded those as well.
I vacuumed up all the sanding dust with my shop vac and brush attachment.
I usually like to clean BEFORE I Mud since the Mud is water soluble, but I got right to filling in the gouges this time.
Then, I mixed up some White Lightning and gave this piece a good cleaning, being sure to be careful around the freshly Mudded areas:
I like to mix a fresh tub for each project. You just add a TBSP of White Lightning to a half gallon of warm water and stir. It is a degreaser and a deglosser and gloves are recommended. Give your piece another wipe down with clean water to remove any residue.
Prime for bleed through prevention
It seems like I use BOSS for just about all my painting jobs, but the truth is, I am always drawn to these older cherry and mahogany pieces that love to bleed! If you have a piece that is newer than, say the 80’s or so, you will rarely need BOSS first and can go straight to painting with chalk paint.
I gave this piece one coat of white BOSS and let it sit overnight to allow plenty of time for it to do its thing:
I chose white because I was heading in another direction, but would have chosen clear instead for this project.
If you are applying a darker wax, the chalk paint really soaks it up, so always apply clear wax first.
Then I buffed away the excess with a clean, soft cloth:
I buy these cotton cloths in large bags at Lowe’s. They look like cut up men’s undershirts and they are fantastic!
I just loved how pretty and fresh this color was on this piece as is, so I chose not to add the black wax after all. I did go back and sand a little on the edges and legs, etc to distress though and this piece was done!
Antique Painted Side Table After
Here is how this table looks now!
Sometimes a simple paint job is all you need.
I swapped out the original pulls for these dainty glass ones…
These drawers were a snug fit, so I couldn’t paint the sides, but I did hydrate them with Big Mama’s Butta:
I also added some to the bottoms of the drawers to help them slide better.
And of course, I couldn’t resist a little transfer surprise as well with this piece from the Gilded Floral Mini Transfer:
Peek a boo!
Thank you, neighbor, for thinking of me!!
I loved giving this one a fresh new look! I hope y’all enjoyed it too!
Either way, that’s another one done!!
Here is what I’ve competed from this haul so far:
Painting the Smalls #20 (Six mini makeovers!)
I’ll be back on Thursday with my furniture fixer upper girls and this cool piece:
See ya then!
UPDATE: No need to wait! See what color I chose for this piece HERE now!
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