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 chalk paint in a variety of blues and greens, 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?


  1. says

    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.

  2. 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!

    • says

      Hi Judy! I used a bunch of different chalk paints I had on hand, they were all in blue and green tones. I think French Linen, Duck Egg Blue and Provence.


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