Yet another month was quickly flown by and it’s already time for Trash to Treasure Tuesday! You’ll see my four blogger friends’ inspiration for you in a bit. In the meantime, I’m here to share this thrifted find I recently acquired for $5. I’m in the mood for a Queen Anne side table makeover. How about you?
This is made of oak, offers a batwing pull with drawer, and beautiful curvy legs. If you’re new here, you can see two other tables exactly like this I gave a facelift to HERE and OVER HERE. I’m a sucker for the wonderful legs and also all about these solid pieces. Now, in both the past instances, I’ve painted the base and stained the top. This time around, however, I want to change it up.
Since this table has wear to the top and is sturdy as-is, I only need to address the drawer initially. It is tight on the guide, but I simply remove it and sand the runner, then use an old candle to wax to make it glide better. After that, I use a vinegar/water ratio of 1:2 to clean the surfaces.
Once my surface is clean, I apply two coats of a white milk paint, letting cure in between, to act as my canvas for what comes next.
Then, as soon as those coats cure, I use a gray paint to do a light layer on the top. This is the same color I used on this side table recently.
However, before that coat cures, my little Miss J helps me spray a mist of water over it as I us a black milk paint to blend in like I did on this buffet HERE.
Do you see her helper, Miss Loula, too? Loula loves any and all water – tee hee.
ALL ABOUT THAT BASE
Next, while that layer is curing, I head back to the base of the Queen Anne side table. It’s quite white, but I want to give a grunge/aged look. In order to do that, I think a beige paint and wash the white.
The idea is that it will look as if this painted white table had a protective coat put on it (like a poly or lacquer) and it has yellowed over time. After that, I do some hand-painting with a seconds blue paint.
Now, I typically like to change up the hardware on pieces for a fresh look, but sometimes, like in this instance, I want to keep to the age but age it more. Not only does that brass not work with what I’m after, but it offers potential. First, I prime the pull and once that cures, I use a brown paint to give it more aged appeal.
Last, I go back to the top and use my orbital sander to knock down the layers, but also my mouse sander to age the base with a heavier paper.
In addition, I apply a brown wax with a heavy hand to add to that aging effect as well as several coats of poly to the top for longevity.
GRUNGE BOHO STYLE
After my DIY fun, here is my Queen Anne side table now kickin’ a grunge Boho vibe and a new story to tell.
I love it! It adds to the story of my home and is far more interesting than that scuffed up finish in the before. The top showcases a story as well, but also offers a finish that will stand up to many years of use.
And… just for fun, a pop of color on my peek-a-boo drawer. eep!
This table is a fun outlet for me as I also work on my life and creating a new story as well. While I would love to keep this, my house is full, so you can find this and more in my online store.
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