DIY Rustic Refinished Tables

When Blake and I moved to North Carolina, we were not planning on buying a bunch of furniture since we will have to move it all back in a few short months. Unfortunately, when our roommate left us he took his couch and TV leaving our living room completely empty.
So I started looking on craigslist for inexpensive couches- at least just to fill the living room for the rest of our time here, and I stumbled upon craigslist gold! I found a sectional couch that came with a lazy boy style chair for only $300!!

A young couple was selling the furniture after only having had it for a year so that they could upgrade to something nicer. They had no pets, didn’t smoke, and according to them.. they had only sat on one side of the sectional… SCORE! And the cherry on top was the fact that they threw in a coffee table and a matching side table for free! I almost told them that I loved them for being so generous… but I held back to keep myself from sounding like a creeper.

We obviously bought this furniture because the price was unbeatable! Even though the couch is nice, it is still not the kind of couch I would buy if I were to pick something that I really loved. It is a great starter couch for us, but the furniture was much too dark for my liking.



As you can see from the picture, the tables were stained a very dark brown color. In my opinion, the dark stain made them look cheap and I personally dislike dark furniture -the lighter the better! Light furniture really opens a space up and makes the room seem bigger and brighter. So I figured I would make a project of it and sand these babies down to get a more natural look out of them. What did I have to lose if the tables were free and I didn’t like them to begin with, right?

It took a few days and a lot of elbow grease but I finally refinished the tables. There’s no way I could have done it without Felicia and Thomas’s electric sander. Which is a good message for those of you who are thinking of re-staining a piece of your own furniture… Don’t try to do it by hand unless you want it to take a month haha.

Here’s what it looked like once I sanded it down.


Here is a picture of the type of wood stain that I used:

I used a painting sponge to apply a thin coat of the stain, allowed that to dry and then applied a coat of wax to seal it. I probably only used about half of the can on both of these tables, so a little bit goes a long way!


And the finished product!!

 

Before and After! 

DIY Shabby Chic Dresser

Felicia and I have been tackling tons of furniture projects lately. After that little side table turned out so great we decided that we are now pros and have moved on to bigger things! 

This was the beat up old dresser that we started out with.

 
It’s hard to tell from the picture but this dresser looked like it had definitely seen better days. The paint was sort of an ugly yellowish color and it gave off a dirty vibe. We painted this piece with white chalk paint to give it a new fresh look, then we distressed it to make sure those beautiful original details were accentuated.

  Thanks to eBay, Felicia was able to find the exact hardware that was original to the piece which was great since a few were missing. 
As you can see from the bottom left handle, the originals were painted over and we had to figure out how to make them all match. 

We used the chalk paint and an old rag to create the distressed look for the handless. Simply painted the handles then placed them in an unpainted drawer and used the old rag to wipe excess paint off. 

  
We decided to paint the inside and outside of the drawers since Felicia plans to line the drawers with a really pretty paper later on.

   
 We then took everything outside to sand and distress the edges.

  
And this was the outcome of all our hard work!! Just missing one handle..but it is now 1000 times prettier than it was to begin with.

  

One setback that we had was due to the original paint on the dresser. That shiny yellowish color was showing through while we were trying to distress it which is why we could only do a small amount. 

I would reccomend sanding the piece before you apply the chalk paint if your piece had been painted a funky color in the past. 

DIY Shabby Chic Side Table! 

Today my friend Felicia and I tackled a fun DIY furniture project! 

Fun fact about Felicia… we’re basically second cousins through marriage (or something) but we didn’t meet until this year when we both moved to North Carolina within 20 minutes from each other! Small world right? I think it’s pretty awesome.

Anyway, we totally click because we’re both crafty and we enjoy a lot of the same things, so when she came to me about helping her paint a side table I was all about it!  We weren’t really sure what we were doing or how it would turn out but it ended up being a success.

Like all good projects, it started with a drink! Two margaritas and we were on our way to transforming this piece of furniture. 

 
Here is what we started with:

  
 

A clearly outdated and worn piece of furniture. But Felicia saw the potential 🙂

Our first step was obviously to remove those bulky knobs. 

We decided to replace them with these cute little crystal-like knobs 

  

Then we began painting..

 

This chalk paint is awesome! I seriously couldn’t even smell it and it dried amazingly fast!
  I believe this picture was taken after the second coat was applied. 

  I didn’t get any photos of the distressing process because I was getting way too into it but we basically just used square sandpaper blocks to sand down all of the corners as well as some larger spots.

We were also worried (before distressing) that the brush creases were making it look funny but we found out that we were able to sand it down and smooth the look of the paint. It totally worked out! 

  
To finish, we lathered the top of the table with this furniture polish which also smelled very nice.

  
And this was our finished product! It looked so good next to her grey couch. 

  
What a huge difference! And it didn’t take long at all! 

Shout out to Felicia for suggesting that I turn this into a blog topic and for that margarita 😉