side table transformation

Today we’ve got a quick side table before and after for you before you head over to the real business at hand at Jamie’s, the 4th day of Organizing 101: Back to Basics. :)
annie sloan chalk paint

This is a transformation of a little side table we’ve had sitting outside for a few years.  A side table we bought at the same auction we got our frame and couches at a few years ago.

It was a random thing, the auction … I guess every 5 years or so the US Consulate auctions off their old house furniture, office furniture and other randomness. I’d say we scored big that day. It was a random morning of pouring rain.  Perfect for me. None of the ‘auction light weights’ even bothered to come.  Getting a deal on good quality stuff was like fishing in a bucket.  :)  We got six tables (side table, end tables, night stands) that day for $110 total.  Sweet!

And when I got to thinking about the blog room organization project a couple of weeks ago I knew I needed to come up with some kind of additional work space … that ideally wouldn’t cost me anything.

Turns out … this unused little side table is the exact same height as my book page covered file cabinet.
annie sloan chalk paint

A light sanding to get rid of all loose debris, a few coats of paint, some dry brushing … a little white washing in various spots and a little light and dark wax.

A pop of black inside the drawer.

And this unused, unattractive table has a new life.
annie sloan chalk paint

And is the perfect base for a new desk. Yay!

You have actually seen a peek of the new desk, but we’ll be taking a closer look tomorrow.

You first saw the board I used at the desk top here … and you all know how I love chippy old wood.  :)

Now head over to C.R.A.F.T. and find out how to get your blog organized!

And tell me, what do you think of the beginning of my desk base?

I just might share this at Southern HospitalityTip JunkieBNOTPDIY Show Off, Positively SplendidHome Stories A to ZHouse of HepworthsShabby Creek CottageThe 36th Avenue and Savvy Southern Style.
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About Karah

I'm Karah and I'm so glad you're here! I'm a small town girl from the North East who finds myself moving around with my husband and pups every few years and constantly on a journey to make the most of every space we find ourselves in. That little space between what has been and what will be. It'd be so cool if you'd like to join us for the ride.
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21 Responses to side table transformation

  1. Amazing job! I love the color. it reminds me of sea glass which is going to look awesome in your house.

  2. Anne says:

    I love that colour too!

  3. Amy@BR says:

    It’s totally unrecognizable! In a good way!

  4. Yep, I can see what you mean, its all about the wax. Beautiful soft sheen. Great patina you created with your artistry and color selections. So glad I read this before I paint my “new” (thrifted) mirror, had totally forgotten about the power of dry brush accents. Love that you painted the interior black, so smart.

  5. Karah,

    What a great auction score … and I cannot believe it’s the same table! Looks fabulous! Did you use your Haven swag to transform?



  6. cassie says:

    i think i heard it breathe a sigh of relief…. great job!

  7. szinteriors says:

    I love it! And the colour is incredible!!!

  8. That’s the same table?…Love it….the color is perfect….so nice to cross off another project from the list…Great job Karah!!….

  9. So cute! I love it! Can’t wait to see it as part of the desk!

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  12. Sherry Hicks says:

    I love the color and the picture it is very pretty!

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  14. Donna Wilkes says:

    Great color with that black inside the cubby hole. I love the versatility of small tables – they can become real work horses!

  15. Boy, that looks great. What an improvement! I keep seeing the wonders of chalkpaint! Gonna have to give it a whirl!

  16. andrea cammarata says:

    WOW you sure did work your magic!!!!! Sending hugs to you and yours and of course the M&M team!!! : ) Thanks for sharing with us : ) YOU ROCK!

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