One of the favorite corners of my house involves one of the most unique tables. People always ask where it came from and how much it cost. Little do they know that it was a $10 find at the local thrift shop.
If you love thrifting as much as I do, you know that once in a while you come across a great piece of furniture that is in not so great of shape. I encountered this a few weeks back. Found a beautiful Brown Saltman, mid-century corner table! It had lots of scratches and bumps everywhere, not to mention the many water stains, but i couldn't see my life without it. It seemed impossible to restore it to its natural wood color, so I decided to give it a pop of color and have it match our decor. Make a 1950's piece a little more modern.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
An old, beat up piece of furniture that you can't live without.
Small power sander (if you're a trooper, go at it by hand)
Primer (i recommend KILZ if you are using spray primer or ZINSSER if you want to use a brush or roller)
Spray Paint in your favorite color (make sure you decide if you want a gloss or matte finish)
Sealer (I like KILZ complete)
An old rag or if possible a hand held vacuum
A big, open space and lots of patience!
Step 1: Clean. Sand. Clean.
Step 2: Sand Away!
Here you see a side of the table with a few patches of gloss still on it. We were almost at the finishing point with the sanding. Also, make sure you get into the corners...do it by hand.
Step 3: Prime Away.
This is what a first coating looks like before it was almost done. Still a bit blotchy looking, but a bit of primer on every inch.
Step 4: Paint Away and Seal It!
The following day, get your paint and spray it on the way you did with the primer. One coat, let it sit for an hour and then coat number two. If you are using a high gloss paint, I suggest you let it sit for a bit longer. Those tend to stay sticky for more time than matte finish. Avoid touching the paint to check if it is dry. Spray paint is sticky and you will leave fingerprints on it forever.
The following day, come back to your project and spray on the sealer. Once is good enough for indoor furniture. If your project is for outdoors, i suggest two coats. Let your piece dry completely before using it, cleaning it, or putting anything on it. I would recommend a good 48 hours of forgetting about it. Once all is dry, dust it off, place it in its new room, and enjoy the great compliments you will get. They'll never know you found it at the Salvation Army for $7 and spent $30 to make it look so fabulous!