As mentioned in a previous post, I recently found this magazine rack for $6 at a local estate sale. I've been looking for a bedside table for a while, and knew I wasn't going to beat six bucks anywhere else.
So here is a quick recap of how I transformed this magazine rack...
into a pretty bedside table.
First, I sanded it with 60 grit sandpaper. It obviously has been antiqued before with bright green paint and a dark glaze on top. Ultimately, I knew I wanted to sand the edges after I painted it a pretty yellow. But I wanted the bare wood to show through and not this bright green.
So I sanded the table all over to roughen it up, and then I sanded the edges pretty hard - all the way down to the bare wood.
After you sand, you want to get the excess dust off your table before you prime/paint. I usually vacuum up the loose dust, then wipe the furniture down with a damp cloth. Let it dry COMPLETELY, then use a tack cloth to remove any extra dust that didn't come off earlier. Tack cloths cost about $1 per package, and are worth it because you will be shocked at how much dust they pick up after you have already cleaned it. I usually cut mine in quarters to stretch the package even farther.
After I sanded and cleaned off the dust, I used spray primer. A lot of times, I don't use primer because I usually work with oil based paint (I'll explain why in a minute), so I don't need it. But since I was going from a dark green to a yellow, I figured I should start with a clean slate. Yellow and red are the hardest colors to cover old paint jobs with. (If you've ever painted a room yellow or red, you probably have figured this out already!) As for primer in a spray can... that's definitely the way to go if you are priming white. Except my hand muscles were cramping up by the end, and I thought my days of playing piano were over for good.
Here is the finished product after two coats of primer (I used the whole can). As for the paint, I chose an oil based paint for two reasons. #1) I didn't know what kind of paint the last person used. And I was always taught that as a rule of thumb, you can use oil based over latex (water based) but you cannot use latex over oil based because it will have nothing to stick to. #2) Oil based is traditionally more durable than latex (I say "traditionally" because Behr has a new latex paint line that is supposed to be just as strong as oil based... and I am slobbering to try it!). I like my furniture to last and be highly durable against daily abuse! So oil based may be a pain to work with... don't forget the paint thinner... but I like its lasting quality.
After I painted the table (semi-gloss "Midday" from Sherwin Williams), I sanded around the edges of the table to begin the antiquing process. Then I rubbed on a glaze (oil based "Hopsack" from Sherwin Williams) and wiped if off real fast with an old rag.
The finished product?
I think I love it a little too much.
Now for my next project, an old gossip bench to transform. I'm having visions of grandeur.