When the kids and I relocated to San Diego from Monterey a couple of years ago, Randy stayed behind for 6 months to finish his degree.  He moved into a house with a friend, and when they were both packing up to re-locate, he came across a side table that his friend was going to throw out.  Randy knew me well enough to grab the table and bring it home where it could get a little love and a makeover.

Painted side table
The most time consuming part of this project was sanding the table because of the shaped legs, but as you can see, the table was dated, and in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint.

How to paint a dated side table
Once the sanding was complete, and the table was cleaned to remove any dust, I applied a coat of Olympic paint in the color Two to Tango (A25-5).   I then applied two coats of Dover Gray (D58-4), leaving each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next.

After the final coat had dried, I used a combination of a wire brush and sandpaper to give the table a worn look, allowing the orange paint, and the wood underneath to come through a little.

How to give a painted side table a weathered appearance
I then applied two coats of protective finish. 

Note: apply this outdoors and leave to dry, as the smell can be a little overwhelming.

A yellow doily that I had found at Michael's for $1 a few months ago was the perfect addition to help protect the table when beverages are placed on it.

DIY painted side table
It look so much better now, and is the perfect addition to our family room.


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