anyway, i went to goodwill last week on a mission. i was bound and determined to find an affordable end table. nothing fancy, mind you, or even stylish. just something with potential.
|only $25? sold!|
can you see the potential here? i sure could! a bit of sanding, a couple cans of white spray paint (the kind with paint and primer in one), a small container of yellow furniture paint, a can of blue spray paint, a little bit more sanding and...voila!
|i'm in love!|
i almost didn't distress it, but B suggested it and it made all the difference. go B! he has surprisingly good taste. ;)
|i kept the distressing light, so it wouldn't look like i tried too hard.|
when all was said and done, this table cost me under $40 and only took me 3 days of working after i put mack to bed to finish it. totally worth it!
tips for bringing new life to old furniture:
- get an electric sander. they aren't expensive and they save you so much time
- don't be afraid of color, but remember that a little bit goes a long way...unless that's the look you're going for. i don't judge. ;)
- have a pack of q-tips handy. when painting small, detailed areas, these are a must, because even the steadiest hands get tired. seriously, get the q-tips. you'll thank me later.
- look past the ugly. this table looked sad, dated, and damaged when i bought it, but it had one redeeming feature - the scrolling on the drawer. if you can find a focal point on the piece, it may be worth saving.
- sand between coats (except for the small areas of color). this will keep your finish smooth and prevent the next coat from bubbling. a fine grit (i used 240) sandpaper is the way to go.