I never, ever imagined our new house would feel so much like “home” in just a little over a month. Yes, home truly is wherever our family is together, but I am so thrilled that this space feels as though we’ve lived here for a long time! It’s been so fun to re-think where to put artwork and furniture rather than putting it back in the same room as our old house. This little side table originally displayed sample albums, photographs and marketing materials for my business at a local bridal shop, then it became our TV console, and now it fits perfectly in this little space in our living room! The color of it, however, no longer fit well with our nearly-white walls, and it needed a makeover.
(Before shot taken with my phone!)
I painted the table grey and decided it needed something fun and quirky, so the feet got a splash of gold paint! Before I go into the how-to’s of this simple project, I have to share a preview of what this part of our living room looked like when we moved in! Goodbye oak paneling and doors!! I promise I’ll share more soon! The wall was finally finished off this week, so I need to paint that area and I’ll be ready to take pics and share them!Because this side table didn’t seem to have a varnish or heavy finish on it, I simply started by priming it with one coat of Valspar’s latex primer. Then I painted two coats of flat grey paint, and the name of this paint somehow got left off the label! So I have no idea what color this is, unfortunately. My next project is to cover it with Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane in clear matte to finish and protect this piece. The lamp has chipped off the grey paint in a couple spots, so it definitely needs a couple coats of poly. I used this on my desk, which I will share at some point, and love it! It gives the top a smooth, scratch-free finish.
For the gold feet, I had planned on spray painting them, but as I was ready to tackle it during naptime, I thought about carrying the table onto the deck, taping everything off and covering the rest of the table in plastic so it didn’t get sprayed, it seemed like a ton of work. So then I thought – what if I used gold craft paint?? I dug through my craft supplies and found an acrylic paint dabber (here on amazon) in metallic gold, so I took the dabber part off and painted it on with a small brush, and it was perfect! This paint is very thick so there was no dripping and it only took one coat. AND I had the project complete in 1o minutes and the only prep it required was putting paper under the feet so I wouldn’t paint the hardwood. Piece of cake!
These little pulls from Anthro are perfect for this space!