Little Table Rescued

This little “cutie” was soooo gross when I bought it… it was clearly used for a plant stand and was covered in spider webs and dirt.. YUCK! But can you just imagine how versatile this piece could be?

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So obviously I sanded down the rough areas and cleaned it up really good before I started painting (yes… inside if you please)


I decided to paint it in Cream Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, just in case my daughter wanted it for her new room as a bedside table (see her dresser here) plus it’s a pretty neutral “happy” color! I also wanted to try my hand at typography so I added a little Shel Silverstein quote that really resonated with me…

I kept the typography process simple, because I really don’t think I can handle anything more complex right now! I just printed out the quote and used transfer paper underneath of the printout and traced the words with a pencil which transferred it to the top of the table (at this point I had already distressed / sanded, but had NOT waxed it)


After I removed the papers I then went over the words with a blue paint pen, it was very easy, even for my not so steady hand!


I liked the blue but it was a little bold for me… so I lightly sanded the words down to make it “scream” at me less… waxed and buffed the table and I was done!


I put it next to the white couch (just to take the pictures) so you could see how yellow this Cream color is… I love it!


This little table would work great as a bedside table, kitchen or even the bathroom!


It’s just the right size to fit almost anywhere!


I am going to sell this piece as my daughter wants use her current bedside tables in her new apartment… I’m a little sad to see it go, but I seriously have NOWHERE for it (just ask my hubby if you don’t believe me Laughing out loud)

Thanks for stopping by… Until next time!!

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  1. I had the twin to your table in my bedroom back in the late 50s. It was white with touches of gold. My mother painted everything that didn’t move out of the way……..You did a nice shabby job on this one……thanks for sharing.


  2. Love your little table and the dresser make over below this post! Fab colors!!
    You left a comment on my buffet on why I strip (furniture, not as a profession). Well, I was into refinishing wood long before I picked up a paint brush. It just seems like the way to go. I guess I’m a little OCD in that I want things perfectly smooth, clean and sanded. That buffet was way back in the beginning before I knew about ASCP. And I had no idea what I was going to do to it. I don’t even know if home made chalk paint adheres to unprimed wood like the ASCP does. I always sand regardless of what paint I use. However, since I had it stripped, I could apply the milk paint. Milk paint adheres to raw wood. There is a bonding agent you can apply first if you don’t have bare wood, but I like to go the purist route. Force of habit I guess!


  3. This is great! I love that you put a quote on it! I have never tried that, but now after seeing this I want to try! Thanks for the inspiration!



  4. I love your little table. I have a similar table, but only 1 lower shelf, that just went from red to blue. I think yours is more fun because of the way it started. Great job!


  5. Cute, cute, cute. I love your low-tech transfer method. I hadn’t thought of using a paint pen for lettering. That would be so much easier than a brush.


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