Hi everyone! This is Jen from Girl in the Garage and I’m back with another lovely furniture makeover for you. Sometimes I joke that my mom is my personal assistant because she always keeps a lookout for special pieces at yard sales and thrift stores for me. She brought this vanity to me (which became one of my all-time favorite makeovers) and also brought me this antique side table, among other pieces.
When I first got it, this table was painted a beige/light army green (not the best color to pay tribute to an antique) and was filthy. Here are a few “before” pictures:
The details everywhere (even on top) were gorgeous – but the floral paper that had been taped inside the drawer was not! I was a little worried about what I might find under the paper but thankfully the wood was in very good condition.
Outside though, there were lots of little knicks and a few big chunks of wood were missing. I filled in several areas with layers of Minwax Wood Filler, letting it dry for a few hours and then sanding it smooth.
After the repairs were finished, I painted the table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Paris Grey. Then I painted the fabric detail with Chalk Paint® in Old White.
Finally I applied Annie Sloan’s clear wax to protect the table. HERE is an in-depth post I wrote about how to use Chalk Paint® and wax when refinishing furniture. (Be sure to leave me a comment or send an email and ask questions if you need help!)
I love using gray as a balance in a room with a lot of bright colors. I also painted my armoire gray last year and it’s still proudly on display in my cheerful bedroom!
I also really like how the white now makes the fabric detail pop – there’s no reason to camouflage the elements that make this piece so special!
I’m in <3.
What do you think of this little table makeover? I’d love to hear it!
Until next month,
If you missed my previous post on One Artsy Mama, see it here: French Bench Makeover