I picked up a good side table at a garage sale for just $40 and when I say I picked it up, I don't mean literally. This baby is h-e-a-v-y. I wasn't a fan of its dark stain and I really don't like that inlaid wood look. My husband and dad threw a conniption fit when they heard I planned to paint over it. For a half-a-second, I considered enhancing the compass design out of the inlay but since we live in beautiful but landlocked Colorado, the mariner theme doesn't really float here. Get it...float? Hee hee. So anyway, it was going to be paint. I'm loving some of the color I see in blogland but I needed to play it safe with this new addition since she could only go one place right now in my house. White and black it was.
I sanded and then sanded some more on the top. I just roughed up the base since I was using a spray primer over everything and spray paint on the base. I flipped the little lady on her top and gave the base several light coats of Krylon black satin spray paint. When it was good and dry, I flipped it back over and protected the base with plastic. Then I brushed the top with a couple coats of white (Behr Moon Rise). For the first time, I tried adding Floetrol to the canned paint (what do you call paint that's not spray?) and I thought it did a great job at keeping the brush strokes to a minimum. I will definitely use it again.
And speaking of shout outs, I gotta' give one to my new best friend, let's call her Spray Paint Handy Annie since I tossed the packaging and don't know what they are really called (sorry Rustoleum!) All this spray painting has been making my fingers hurt (and if you're not thinking I just earned landscaping duty, do yourself a favor...)
I saw these sweet little gems hanging in the spray paint aisle (I know genius, right?) at Ace and thought they were worth the $4 to try. Oh my gosh, may be the best $4 I've ever spent and believe me I've spent a lot of $4. You just squeeze the little black pinchers behind the cap to attach to the spray paint, no screwing on the can or anything. Couldn't be easier! I bought a second one the next time I was in just in case they were flimsy but both are still going strong after tons of spray painting. You gotta' try them. No more sore fingers or colored fingertips!
Alright back to our table; after painting the bottom and top, I gave the top a good 3 coats of Johnson Paste Wax for durability then brushed on MinWax Express Color Wiping Stain & Finish in Onyx in the crevices.
Isn't she pretty? I love her curves and she's just what that corner needed to hold up a lamp.