Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Painting with Spray Paint... A side table makeover

Hey there! 

I hope you all are well and enjoying the summer
My kiddos are back in school, and I have been filling the hours working on projects for our house. 
You know, all the things I was putting off all summer? {please tell me I am not the only one ☺}

Over the weekend I finally tackled a project that I had been putting off for months... I was afraid I might mess it up, and because this little side table came from my great grandmother, the pressure felt like it was really on. But, what I have learned about things that have been passed down to us, if we can change it up to make it more our style, we will love it 100 times more... so that's just what I did...

This little table started out just like this...

We used it just as it was for many years... it's always been a favorite, but at some point it just started looking a little tired.... and then I knew a change was a comin' ;) 
To start this transformation, I painted some areas with acrylic craft paint. What's that you say?? You think I am crazy? Well, I would agree with you but once you see it all finished you will know why I started this way. The color I used here is a bit of an orange-y coral-ly color called "summer sunset"

You may have to do one or two coats to get good coverage, but once it is all dry, you will need to use some petroleum jelly on the areas that you just painted. This is going to make for the easiest "distressed", "shabby", "worn" look you have ever seen... just trust me and slather on a fairly thick coat on the areas that you painted. Just swipe your finger across any place you think might have gotten worn over time... the corners, a few places on the legs, and for sure the drawer pull.

Now.. it's time to break out the spray paint, my new favorite color in Krylon is "Jade" satin finish

Spray painting is easy if you have had a little practice with it. Just spray a steady, even stream holding the can about 12 inches from the surface. Don't worry if you don't get great coverage at first, just let that coat dry and give it another coat. Once you are satisfied with the coverage, you just have to wait until it's completely dry... and here in the muggy south, that could take hours some days...

while we wait for paint to dry, let me show you what it should look like when you have painted over the petroleum jelly   

hopefully you can tell from this picture the areas that don't look so smooth {on the top left corner and on the drawer front} these are the areas where I swiped on some petroleum jelly...

And guess what?? When the paint is completely dry, you can actually wipe away the paint where it was! 

Check it out...

This picture totally makes it look like it's a different color, but I snapped it really quickly with my phone while I charged my camera batteries ;) But... you can see how easy it is to achieve that worn, weathered look! 

Now... here it is all finished and ready for it's stylin' photo shoot.. say cheese little table because you are looking hot! 

And.. just like that, I fell in love with this table all over again.....

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed it, and be sure to let me know if you have any questions, I would love to be able to help if I can!


  1. You are not the only one, I had a grand idea of all the projects I would get done this summer and well there are not a whole lot of checks on that list yet. My kids are back to school next week so projects will start then. Love this piece, I am afraid of the spray can I tend to end up with a ton of drips but your table turned out so good. ~ Lisa

  2. Love the way that turned out, Carmella! Petroleum Jelly... Who would have thought! Pinning this so I can remember. Looks shabtastic, girl!

  3. I have never seen this done before and I LOVE it! How fun to have that 'hidden' color pop out like that! Such a beautiful table and I agree -- if the new finish makes you love it more -- it's the right thing to do. Totally love this make over!


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