Monday, March 23, 2015

DIY Day: Ugly 1970 End Table Makeover Amazing Transformation

Really ugly old 70's tables after I started sanding 

I spent all weekend working on a couple of projects, this being one.  My grandmother had some of these tables when I was a kid.  I think maybe she had square ones but I remember loving opening the doors.  Anyway, because I have that 1970 house, I have been dying to add just a touch of period piece to the home.   Nothing crazy like green shag carpet or orange counters.  I am not going for the Brady Bunch, just a little nod to the homes time. These tables were perfect! They were ugly dark and perfect.  Originally I thought I wanted to stain the tops of these but the more I started working with them, the heavier they felt and the more I realized I wanted them light and airy feeling because of how heavy they feel.  Something about these tables and the thick, carved, dark wood that made me feel weighted down. 

Light and airy!
So normally I mix my own chalk-like paint.   I usually use a flat latex and add calcium carbomate which is chalk and some water and get the perfect chalky finish but I had some wonderful Maison Blanche paint on hand and I LOVE Maison Blanche paint because Annie Omar who is the creator of the brand lives in Frisco, Texas which is a hop, skip and a jump from me and the lady I buy my paint from, the wonderful Melissa AKA Dumpster Diva  is always so helpful when I go in with a problem.  (Just wait until I blog my second project, nothing but a problem!).
Hardware back and finishing  touches in works
So the paint I used from Maison Blanche for this project is Creme De Menthe and Franciscan Gray for the base, mixed in about a 2-1 ratio and the top is Maison White.  I used a polycrylic top coat to seal it and then I added brown wax to antique both the top and the base.   I am going to be honest here, the doors on this piece were a pain but aside from that, this project was easy peasy.

So adorable!
These tables are in my *formal living room and my only regret is that somehow I lost one piece of the hardware when I was working on the tables in my garage and I am going to have to crawl around on my hands and knees until I find it so I can hand the final knocker.  Yes, people, I lost my knockers!

So what do you think?   I love the tranformation.   My tables turned out so adorable.   These were so simple.  The project I am going to share later on maybe this week has been a royal pain by comparison and the piece turned out amazing but it isn't mine. ;( 

I know I say this all the time but I just love turning old and ugly into knew and pretty!!!

*By Formal Living Room I mean the space we don't have a TV.  This room has the fireplace and originally my thought was 'reading room' but it is right next to the family room and the TV and honestly, very rarely does anyone sit in there.  In fact, when I was changing out the old glass and metal tables I had for these, I noticed a layer of dust on the sofa.  No, I am not even kidding. :)


Jesica said...

Looks great! White paint makes everything better!!

Abby said...

These look awesome! I love updating old furniture, especially pieces that have sentimental value.

Angela Nichole said...

Cute! I 100% think my grandma has tables just like these in her house now! She's had them for AGES! She always stored board games in them for us.

Miranda @ Miranda Writes said...

So cool! I just saw an end table similar to those at the thrift shop recently and I'm kicking myself for not getting it... =)

Laura @Simply Me, The way I see it said...

Lol yea it does! Fresh and clean!!

Laura @Simply Me, The way I see it said...

Thanks so much! I agree special pieces are my favorite!

Laura @Simply Me, The way I see it said...

I am pretty sure they were required by grandmas everywhere! Lol. Thanks for stopping in.

Laura @Simply Me, The way I see it said...

I bet you will see some again. Next time you won't pass them up! :-)

Tiffany Khyla said...

I absolutely LOVE this transformation. I think white (or off white) furniture looks so elegant! I actually bought a $10 desk at a garage sale awhile back and recently just painted it this super light blue, almost white color, so I feel like we're vibing on the refurbishing. Amazing job!

Laura @Simply Me, The way I see it said...

Oh that sounds pretty! Love when I can find deals like that

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