Friday, February 13, 2015

Give a Tired, Old Sofa Table a Fun Chalk Paint Transformation

Another Great Craigslist Find!

All Dressed Up With a Little Bit of ASCP

Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint Table

Ok, so I have to be honest here. I didn't take any process pics. At least, if I did, I can't find them (it was before Christmas and Ben was away at the time, so I can't remember). So all I can offer you are a few before-and-after shots, but the whole point of the post is that it's another fun example of how you can totally score on an inexpensive Craigslist find.

"Long Wooden Table for Sale - $60!"

And that's how I found this beauty listed (original listing pic below--somehow THAT picture, I could find...). I actually thought about this one for a little while before I took the leap. I really needed a sofa table, but I was trying to watch the budget, and I didn't feel up to spending even $60 at the time. So I waited about a week, noticed the posting was still up, and offered them $40. We settled on $45, and the deal was done!

Craigslist Table Painted

It ended up that I was buying the piece was from a moving and storage company. Apparently sometimes when people move, they just leave stuff behind, and that's what happened with this table. It was totally covered in cobwebs and spider eggs when I picked it up, but it was nice and sturdy, and the legs were even cooler in person than they were on the screen. So I brought it home, and as I was cleaning it up, I noticed on the bottom that it's made by Lane! Not bad--I nabbed a quality piece for $45. But even with that knowledge, I knew I wasn't going to leave it alone ;)

Distressing with Chalk Paint Sofa TableUnique Sofa Table

I didn't like the finish of the blonde wood and knots (no offense meant--I know there are plenty of people who do like it), so I decided to whip out my chalk paint and give it a fresh look. Now this is the part of the post where I'd usually show you a few pics of the painting process, but, again, I forgot the pics, so I'll give you a quick rundown of the steps I took.
  • Clean It: I just used some soap and water to get all the dust and debris off the top.
  • Paint It: I used Annie Sloan's Old White, and it took me about 3 coats to get the finish to look how I wanted.
  • Distress It: For most of the distressing, I used steel wool. This has recently become my favorite method of distressing, because (a) I can't stand the feeling of hot sandpaper on my hands... even thinking about it makes my stomach turn, and (b) a scraper is just too drastic sometimes, but I did use it a little bit on this project. I think steel wool is a pretty quick solution, plus it's easy to work with. Once in a while you just have to give it a rinse or grab a fresh piece (depending on how thick your paint coverage is).
  • Finish With Wax: I like Annie Sloan's clear wax for this purpose. You can use a brush or a rag to apply it.
DIY Chalk Paint Furniture

I'm so much happier with the piece looking like this--although I loved the legs either way. But the color and finish fits in better with the rest of the room now. And for $40 (plus the cost of paint... so maybe $12 in paint... I used about 1/3 of the can), I'm more than happy with the result!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint over Knotty Pine

And if I'm being really honest, in it's day-to-day state, the table looks a lot more like the two pics right above this (meaning: kids books and toys abound... actually, to be even more honest, the toys are ever-present but it's never really even THAT neat)... the other photos are totally staged. The table's in the family room, and that's one of the main places the kids hang out, so the space is inevitably invaded by toys... no use fighting it!

After using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

And there you have it! I really love these pieces that you can buy for such a reasonable price and are super-easy to fix up. After looking in retail stores and seeing similar-sized tables in the hundreds-thousand dollar range, completing a piece like this for just over $50 feels pretty darn good!

Sofa Table Ideas

Wondering just how much I love my Craigslist finds? Here are couple more of my past transformations:

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  1. Gorgeous table...from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan!

    1. Thanks so much, Marigene! Love the comparison ;)

  2. Beautiful Transformation! I have about 6 pieces that I'd like to redo in my you think it would be overkill to do them ALL this way?! ;) Thanks for sharing! :D

    1. Thanks, Sara Dee! I know, it's easy for me to get drawn to one particular style, too! Sometimes I have to stop myself so everything in my house isn't identical :)

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  4. Love this updo!! Lucky find on Craigslist, I love that table..thanks so much for joining the P3 party! Looking forward to more of your posts!

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    1. Thanks, Paige! Although I'm in a bit of CL dry spell right now--haven't found anything good in so long!

  6. Love this table and the job you did! Found you over at Miss Mustard Seed linky party. Looking forward to exchanging creativity!

    1. Thanks, Alison! Great party over there ;) Excited to connect with you, too--btw your baby nursery is insanely beautiful!

  7. Really cute! I love the finish!

    1. Thanks so much, Candice! Have a great weekend :)

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