Tales of my furniture makeovers and great DIY projects...

Monday, April 9, 2012

Two Toned Tables (catchy, huh?)

I hope everyone had a great Easter.  We had a really nice time, to include a visit from the Easter Bunny, Egg Hunt, and Filet Mignon dinner.  As I was cleaning up the dinner dishes though I saw the carton of hardboiled eggs sitting in the fridge.  Hmm.  Nope, they weren't dyed.  They were just sitting there.  Naked.  Fail, huh?  Will my kid be in therapy as she remembers her 4th Easter without dyed eggs??

Let's get to something that I think I did right!  I scored this set months ago and they just sat in my storage room for a while until I could decide what to do with them.

We've all seen variations on this set, right?  Structurally, all three tables were in great condition.  However, they were messy, messy, messy.  They also had a really high sheen glossy look. 

I'm thinking this was the nail painting station in the house.  Not too sure about this though:

But, with some elbow grease and an orbital sander messy means nothing to me! 

I wanted to get away from my normal stained top-painted legs look that I've been doing lately.  Don't get me wrong, still love it, but this furniture didn't seem the "type" for that.  I broke down and bought a brand new color of ASCP that I've really wanted to try--Coco.  It's like a creamy chocolate bar.  So, first, I cleaned, cleaned, and cleaned.  Then I turned the tables upside down and painted the ledges and legs in ASCP Old White.

Even with all that glossy gloss it still only took two coats.  Keep in mind, I knew I was going to distress and wax.  If I wanted a no distress, clean look, I would have put on a third coat.  I painted the tops Coco, then distressed everything lightly and topped with some clear wax.  I used two coats on the tops of the tables because I knew they would get extra wear and tear.  I also painted the goldy gold drawer pulls black, which I wasn't sure of, but think I really like the contrast. 

Here's the finished product:

It's such a pretty set.  Perfect for a smaller room as the end tables are tall and narrow and the lighter colors really soften them up.  Look at those curvy legs!

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  1. Haha I don't know what was going on with those tables before, but they look great now!!

  2. so much prettier! i love the tall curvy legs of those side tables!