Shabby Chic Cream Side Table

I love things that look old and worn and furniture is no exception. I got this table online for $15.00.  I loved the classic lines. It had some water damage and scratches on the top. This before picture actually makes it look better than it really looked.

The places that had water damaged were raised. I needed to sand down the top so it would be smooth.

The next thing I did was prime it. I decided to try Kilz Odorless primer in a spray can. I did NOT like it. It was a weird consistency and it spit out the primer instead of it coming out nice and smooth. I recommend sticking with the original formula in either the can or spray.

I don’t have a picture of it all painted without it sanded down. But I am sure you can use your imagination :)

I used a fine grit sandpaper to distress the table. Either a 150 or 220 grit would work. You are trying to speed up the aging process so think about how it would have naturally been worn down. A flat surface like a table would have worn corners, edges, and  legs.

I love this table! I am not sure where I am going to put it :) My house is wall to wall furniture already! I might have to find it a good home.

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  1. ♥Cait says

    I have that exact table! I've been looking for a nice project to re-do it! I LOVE the look of your distressed one. I think I'll have to give it a go :) We even bought a brand spankin' new can of Kilz paint just this past week. Thanks fr the inspiration!

  2. haleynicole says

    hey i found your blog through Tatortots and Jello, i'm now officially following you but i wanted to let you know i've been "stalking" your blog for a while now =) i just love it!

  3. Brooke says

    Looks great! I'm definitely going to keep my eyes open for a cute side table now and thanks for the hint about the spray paint.

  4. Katie says

    Love it!! I have a hard time seeing a piece of furniture's potential!!! Love this though. I need to do this with some stuff. I'm putting it in my Craft Crap I Probably Can't Do folder ;)

  5. says

    Hi Stacy,
    Followed you over from The Shabby Creek Cottage. Love your little table. I keep finding these great deals at thrift stores, buying them and then it’s like, “Where am I going to put this?”

    When I was visiting your blog, I ran across The Dark Side of Blogging. I too have stopped reading a few blogs because how I feel about ME when I’m done reading it. I start feel like my blog is terrible…pictures and all compared to theirs! Their house looks perfect, pictures are gorgeous, etc. etc. I love that you are REAL. My hope is that I can be real too. Thank you for puttin’ it out there!