Distressed Side Table

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!

family room, lindy allen, Hiya Papaya

Source: Photo by Hiya Papaya, Design by Lindy Allen

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:

distressed side table before

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.

spray paint primer for painting furniture

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.

distressed side table after, stonington gray painted table


distressed side table, stonington gray painted table

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,

By | 2016-09-13T07:26:38+00:00 May 9th, 2014|Decorating, Family Room, Furniture, Paint|Comments Off on Distressed Side Table