Thrift Store Challenge: Drab To Fab Side Table

I’d like to tell you I just went out this week and found this little side table. I’d like to tell you it was a real great buy at a garage sale or something and that I brought it home and immediately set to work fixing it up for my living room. I’d like to tell you that it belonged to somebody famous or that it was really, really old and came over on the Mayflower or something really interesting like that. I’d like to tell the truth though so….. Remember that dresser that I got for FREE a very long time ago? I told you all about it HERE. I had it in my dining room for a long time as a buffet and just recently moved it upstairs to #3’s room when I decided to move everything around and change things up. Okay now that we are on the same page I have something to tell you that I didn’t tell you before. That wasn’t the only piece of furniture I got for free that day. I got that dresser’s baby sister too. This was very shortly after I got it and dressed it up for fall. It has resided in the corner of my dining room ever since it first came inside my door. I very rarely took photos of it but it was always there, lurking in the background behind any and all of the photos I took of my dining table. You can usually just see a bit of the top of it and whatever I had on it at the time. Last week while I was thinking about this challenge, I suddenly realized perhaps I should refinish THIS instead of buying something ELSE! Brilliant right? I mean you can’t get any thriftier than FREE! The Rules If you’ve followed any of our challenges before you already know the rules but in a nutshell we must get our item(s) from a thrift store, garage or yard sale, flea market or the side of the road in someone’s trash pile! We then have to show what all we did to it to refurbish it for our own homes and how we styled it in our homes. Emily (Le Cultivateur) and I have been joined again this month by some very talented bloggers eager to show you their thrifted treasures. I will link their posts at the end of this article. My Project I started by taking it all apart, cleaning it really well and setting it up off the ground ready to paint. I used some leftover Kilz Chalk Paint in White that I had. I prefer their Linen color (also a white but softer) but they didn’t have any when I bought this quart. To be perfectly honest I don’t prefer Kilz Chalk Paint compared to some of the other brands but it’s not horrible. I just find it takes more coats for solid coverage if that’s the look you’re going for. This is after the first coat of Chalk Paint. And 2 coats. See how streaky it still is after 2 coats? I don’t generally ever do more than 2 coats but with this brand I have to do at least 3. I finished a 3rd coat of the Chalk Paint and then did a little distressing with a fine grit sandpaper. This is to personal taste really. I let the piece determine how much or how little it gets. I finished the piece with a couple coats of my favorite finishing wax applied with a soft rag. I always let it dry for a while between coats. For the hardware, I decided to keep the pull that was on it and just use some of my favorite Rub N Buff in Antique Gold to change the color. All done! Now to style it! I had decided a while ago that I wanted some little tables on either end of my sofa since there is space left on either end. This little end table was the perfect fit. I’m obsessing over the color of the antique gold on the drawer pull. It’s such a warm, rich tone. Then again, we all know I’m obsessed with that stuff anyways 😀 A basket full of apples are the perfect fall touch to this little table. A chippy corbel, vintage books and a vintage brass candlestick found their way to the top. Of course I’ll be changing up the look regularly but that’s okay. That’s what pieces like this are for, right? Now let’s go look at all the other inspiration! The Other Participants You can follow me on Pinterest and Instagram for even more ideas and great product deals. Follow my blog with Bloglovin Feel free to pin any images you like!