41 inches wide
20 inches deep
35 inches high
The next step in our refinishing process is often primer.
Primer is important for stain blocking, for smell (ew) blocking and to use less paint. If I use a primer it’s serious, dude.
I go for an oil-based stain-blocking primer. A lot of people have a favorite, and this is mine:
The only recommendation for a first-timer would be to use a mineral spirits to clean out all the brushes and rollers. Or just buy something cheap and disposable. And wear gloves. Not that, like, I’ve ever spent a week with ghostly white hands, or anything.
As I was refinishing these little guys, I was wondering if there really is a need for end tables in our decor, still. Are they still relevant?
I started to think of the ways you can utilize these tables, not just for holding up drinks.
The two-tiered end table would make a smashing printer table. I have a vintage desk, and there’s not really room on it for my printer, but that doesn’t mean that I should just dump in the floor. They little gray table would be perfect for holding the printer and the paper on the second shelf. See? That’s at least one creative use. I try to think of the practicality of furniture, being an apartment dweller. It’s not like I’ve got acres of space to spare.
And then, of course, I always need a table by my bed, to hold the stacks of books waiting to read! 🙂
Gray End Table:
Blue End Table:
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This desk was a test of my patience. I tried. I painted her a fun, bright yellow.
But it wasn’t meant to be. She wanted to be moody, gray and distressed. The age of the piece can sometimes dominate any plans to bring it into another decade. It just wasn’t happening. She reminds me of 1870’s and 1970’s bohemian influences. I love the idea that she was used for creative uses her whole life, and now she needs a new place to be useful. And now that she has a new coat of paint (and stain) and snazzy new handles, she is ready for action.
And it turns out that the yellow paint wasn’t wasted, because when I distressed the desk, a bit peeks through, and coordinates so amazingly with the Anthropologie handles. Perfect!
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Here’s a little bit about how I do what I do……
Each and every piece of furniture needs a good cleaning. No matter how “clean” the home is it came from, furniture gets years and years of whatever on it, and it needs to come off for paint to adhere or stain to cure.
Ok then so….regular dawn soap and water work great, but to cut out a little bit of sanding I like to use TSP.
I really, really like using this product. It gets the grime off easily and takes off the glossy topcoat you’d otherwise have to sand through. Win-win.
Then, sanding. With furniture, the more sanding you do, the better the end result will be. This is the time consuming part; prep work. I can’t stress that enough. I cringe when I’m on Pinterest and I see blog posts for “No Sanding AT ALL” painted furniture tutorials. Sure, it may work, but what will the end result look like? (Don’t even get me started on tutorials for painting laminate furniture with no sanding, bah!)
Sanding isn’t just for removing old finish, but for smoothing out dings and cracks. Painting directly over them simply magnifies them. Yuck. So, sanding must and does happen with all my furniture pieces.
Another step to a seemless finish is filling those dings and holes too big to sand out. I recommend a wood filler, because it hardens nicely. This is what I use to fill drawer holes and anything else. Letting this stuff cure is important too, there really isn’t a way to skip or shorten prep work, there is no substitute for it. (Yes, even “chalk paint”)
Next week, I’ll talk about the kind of paints I prefer.
Thanks for reading!