We’ve been re-decorating our living room over time in an attempt to create a subtle beach/cottage themed room. My inspiration has been this fantastic room by Lindy Allen of Four Chairs Furniture – love it!
I’ve been looking, but just couldn’t find distressed side tables (in my price range) that I liked as well as the ones in the inspiration room photo. So, I decided I would just try painting the one we have. After 10+ years, it was looking a little shabby anyway, and was in need of an overhaul. So, I decided to bust out the brushes and paint this past weekend. My hubby was a little wary about painting a “perfectly good side table,” but I had my heart set on it (and that look in my eyes), so he just shook his head and I got to work.
Here’s the side table before I painted it. See, it’s already a bit distressed:
I already had plenty of gray paint samples in my garage (see my post about searching for the perfect gray paint), and I figured one of them would work well enough. I held up my paint sample poster board and decided that Stonington Gray would make a great color for our side table. I started with a spray-paint primer I bought at Home Depot. This stuff rocks – it adheres to anything! I highly recommend it.
Then, I painted on two coats of the Stonington Gray. When I was all done painting I put the table back in the room for a quick view. It looked OK, but a little too “perfect.” for the look I was going for. So, I brought it back out to the garage for some “enhancing.” I took out the sanding mouse (love that tool) and started roughing up the edges to create a distressed look. My hubby came out while I was sanding, and with a rather distressed (sorry, couldn’t resist) look on his face asked me “what on earth are you doing to the table now?!?” I told him I was distressing the table, and he just shook his head and left the garage. I think he’s learned over the years to just go along with my home improvement craziness – he knows by now that I always have a plan in my head. Sanding some of the edges took it all the way down to bare wood, so I swiped on a little wood stain I already had in the garage onto the exposed wood to create a darker look, and then immediately wiped it off with a towel. After all the sanding and staining, I finished it off with some polyurethane to seal it all up.
I’m pretty happy with the way it all turned out. This was my first time trying to distress a piece of furniture, and I was amazed at how easy it was to create the look. I think I’ll paint and distress the console table behind the couch next! So easy to do. sanding some of the edges,