I know I have told you before but I just love going thrift store shopping on Mondays! If I miss a Monday I get a little depressed. Just ask my hubby! Well… this last trip was one of those golden thrift store shopping trips! I found a large set of cooking dishes, some cute books for the kiddos, a couple vintage books for a different project, and this cute little thing!
I didn’t even know I needed it but as soon as I saw it sitting all by itself I knew just where I was going to put it! Our living room has a nice big comfy chair but no end table anywhere nearby but not a lot of space for one. So this cutie was the perfect solution!
Thrift Store Finds Tip: Prices are usually negotiable! This tiny table didn’t have a price tag on it. I decided in my mind that if I could get it out the door for $5 then I would be happy. I brought it to the counter to check out, the nice lady told me she would give it to me for 50% off of $15. I offered her politely $5 and she was more than happy to take my offer! It was that easy!
Thrift Store Finds Transformation: Once I got this side table home I already knew I wanted to paint it but the question was, which color? I’m still in the process of collectively decorating my living room so the only finished pieces I have are my white TV stand and my yellow mirror. I decided I wanted to add some more color to the room and went with the yellow. Though I did tone it down a little by adding some white paint to the yellow.
How to refinish wood furniture:
1. Sand all surfaces by hand. I used a 250 grit sandpaper and gave it a quick once over. I wanted some of the original stain to show through later when I distressed it. So I wasn’t worried about taking it down to the original wood. You really are just ruffing up the furniture to provide the paint something to grab onto.
2. Add on your paint. Ideally a paint sprayer would be best but not everyone has those. My second option would be a can of spray paint since this is a small job. But what I ended up doing was just using a paintbrush and some paint I had leftover from other projects.
3. A couple coats of paint should do. If you plan to distress your furniture later your paint job doesn’t need to look perfect. That’s probably why I almost always choose to distress my projects.
4. Once the paint has completely dried, you can take that same 250 grit sandpaper and start ruffing it up to make it look aged and used. The best places to do this would be on any edge and also areas of a piece that would naturally have more use.
So for this project, I sanded the edges, corners, any little bumps, and more heavily on the table top since that is where most of the use will be.
I love how it turned out! It adds a pop of color in the room but without being overbearing. It was a quick project with my total work time probably around one hour and it only cost me $5! Quick, cute, and easy. My favorite types of furniture projects!
What do you think?
Have you ever found an adorable little project at a thrift store? Let me know in the comments bellow. I would love to chat!
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