Decorating my own home has been somewhat of a struggle for me. It’s taken me a really long time to find my own style.
I’m notorious for buying and returning at least 3 or 4 different sets of curtains before I finally buy one I still like when I get it home. I love the styles in catalogs like Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Restoration Hardware, but I can’t afford to decorate my whole house from those stores. I’m a SAHM and my husband is a firefighter and we just don’t have that kind of cash. Honestly, I wouldn’t want to spend that kind of cash on furniture even if I did have it. So I started shopping thrift stores and Craigslist and antique shops and the coolest thing happened. I started to figure out what my style is. Painting and transforming an existing piece of furniture (or lamp, frame, shelf, etc) really helps to hone in on exactly what you’re envisioning for your home. Instead of forcing something store bought to work, you’re creating pieces that fit your vision exactly. And bonus, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper, not to mention fun!
This table is one of the pieces I recently made over for my own home. I found it at a local second-hand store for $20. The existing paint job had a bit of a country vibe going on, but the size was perfect to use as an end table in my living room.
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I decided to paint it with Annie Sloan’s duck egg blue. The top was stained and had a weird oily residue so I sanded it down to bare wood before painting (this is my favorite sander). The body and legs were fine so I just painted right over the existing paint. I distressed it with a fine grit sanding block after painting.
I sealed it with clear wax, then dark waxed the entire piece. I’m not typically a heavy dark-waxer but I wanted this piece to really look distressed and worn and even a little farmhouse-y and dirty. The new knobs are from Hobby Lobby. (Note: here’s a link to the knob on Amazon so you can see exactly which one it is, but don’t buy it from Amazon. It’s way cheaper at Hobby Lobby).
I actually got a little too carried away with the dark wax and had to remove some. You can usually rub clear wax onto dark wax to erase some of it, but the whole piece was so dark that I just went over it with a fine grit sander to remove some of the dark wax. I gave it another coat of clear wax the next day to seal it.
I’m on the hunt for an end table for the other side of the couch now. Something similar in size, and I plan to paint it the same so even though the tables will be different styles they’ll still be somewhat similar and will hopefully look cohesive. That’s my plan anyway :).
What projects are you working on this week? Hope you’re doing well!
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