Read the BLOG Elevated Simplicity JOURNAL Curated Home SHOP

Makeover of a Yard Sale Side Table with Chalk Paint

May 27, 2015

CREATE   |   Published May 27, 2015

My grandma's neighbor was cleaning out a house he inherited and offered to let me look through what was inside.  It was mostly things I couldn't use, but I got a couple pieces of furniture, a frame missing it's glass, and a cutting board.  There is an old dresser that is missing the bottom drawer that I would LOVE to have, but at this moment have no where to store it.  So regrettably I had to pass, although I swear that I can still hear it calling my name.

This little side table was a find I couldn't resist, however.  It is small, light, and much easier to fit into my tight storage space.  The frame was a little wobbly and missing the fancy trim on one side, but those are things that can be fixed.

The glass top was made to look like faux wood, but that was easy to remove with a razor blade.

Taking the table apart and using some wood glue and tighter screws made the table sturdy and the remaining trim was removed so that the two sides match. A little sanding and a couple coats of black chalk paint and this table is once again a thing of beauty.  I distressed the paint and coated the entire piece with  Miss Mustard Seed's clear wax to complete the transformation.

The side table is pretty simple, but it does have a few pieces of wood trim that keep it from being plain and boring.

There is something very rewarding about being able to take furniture like this that is dated and a little less than desirable and making it perfect for a home now, don't you think?  As far as furniture refurbishing goes, this was a simple project.  But the whole process took an old, 80's style side table and made it very modern.  I completely believe that it is possible to fill your home with items that are totally your style with a little work and a few dollars.

And I just had to share a yard sale find from Friday, too.  Isn't this clear jug perfect for adding into a display?  And would you believe I paid a whole fifty cents for it?  I didn't need the jug, but who could turn it down for that price!?!?

As a kid, I used to go to yard sales during the summer with my grandma, aunt, and uncle on Thursdays and Fridays.  It was fun searching for toys, but as I grew older yard sales weren't quite so great.  I wanted something new and fancy from a store.  But life has come full circle and I love nothing better than finding a sale filled with lots of old, unwanted "treasures."

Get the Anderson + Grant Newsletter

Sign up to receive updates from the blog and subscriber-only extras to guide you on the journey of making your house a home.
Pinterest| Facebook| Instagram
Learning to Make a Home
anderson+grant is a lifestyle blog dedicated to helping you to create a slower, simpler home with contemporary style.



Our Story

About Jamie


Quick Links