Antique Table Makeover

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

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  1. That turned out beautiful! I love the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It’s so easy to use and coats beautifully. I have done a couple pieces with it and have been very pleased with how they turned out.

    1. Thanks so much, Kirsten! The comforter was a splurge (with a birthday coupon) from Anthropologie last year- definitely one of my favorite things!

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