When we moved out of our last house, it sold so fast that we had almost two months that we had nowhere to live. That ended up turning into three, but I digress. Knowing that we had to put all our belongings in storage, we tried to sell as much as we could. Paying for storage by the pound and by the month is no fun.
That meant, when we first moved in to our new home, we were in desperate need of small side tables. Off to the thrift store I went! I purchased a table that I really loved, but it sat in the garage for a long time while I was working on other things. By the time I got to it, I was in such a rush that I just slapped a coat of white spray paint on it and was done. It was terrible, but it did the job. Here’s the before:
I hated it, but I lived with it for a few years… like 7 to be exact. Now, I was using it as a side table in our living room and it stood out like a sore thumb. I wanted to paint it in a way that would mimic the color that was already on another cabinet in the room that I loved. It is a purchased piece that has sort of a green and wood antiqued look which I love. Here’s a picture of that piece:
And yes, before you ask, I have already started decorating for Christmas. 😉
To start this transformation, I painted the top with a can of oops paint I had picked up at Lowe’s. I’m sorry, but I don’t know the color. It is sort of a light camel color.
For the legs and shelf supports, I painted it with some leftover paint I had from our guest room. It’s a Behr color — UL180-5 Eco Green. I really wanted a darker green color to match better with the existing piece, but my desire to not spend any money on this re-do won out.
I painted two coats of each color. After they were dry, I rubbed a light coat of my favorite stain — Minwax English Chestnut 233 — on top of the green color. For the table tops, I used a brush to apply a thicker coat of stain. This gave it more of a wood grain look.
And, here’s the after:
The green is much lighter, but I like the way it goes with the existing cabinet without matching it perfectly. What do you think?