We had recently moved into our current home and I thought the table would look nice in the hallway due to how narrow it was. And it fit perfectly! The only problem with it was the color, which was a medium-dark brown with a slight reddish tint to it. I had grand plans to paint it but it just sat there in the hallway, boring brown and mismatched with all our other furniture.
Fast forward five years. I was looking at this little table one day and I got the itch to paint it. Like, that day. So after getting myself and the kids ready for the day, I loaded up and drove to Walmart to to buy some chalk paint. I knew I wanted to use chalk paint because I didn't want to have to worry about prepping the wood for painting. When I got to Walmart, I found the brand I was looking for, but the color I wanted was completely gone. As in, all three sizes were cleared out. Someone else must have beat me to the punch. So, I got back in the car and drove to another Walmart (I live within 5 minutes of two stores) and thankfully found two bottles of the color I was looking for. Phew! (I used Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint in the color Agave.)
When my son went down for his nap, I took the table apart in my front room and put all the screws in a bag so they wouldn't get lost. Then I laid out some painter's plastic in the garage and started painting. I just used a regular stiff bristle brush and tried to make the strokes as even as possible. Everything dried fairly quickly so by the time I was done with the first coat, I was able to start on the second coat. Once it was dry, I brought it inside and put it back together.
The next day during my son's naptime, I took the table outside and used some sand paper to distress it a little bit on some of the corners and edges. Nothing too extreme but just enough so that if someone looked closely at it, they would know it wasn't just a scratch on an otherwise smooth table.
And that's it! I put the table back in the hallway and pulled out a white vase and some pink flowers and placed them on top. I love how simply changing the color of the table added so much brightness to the hallway. I did the same thing with an old cabinet door that I turned into a sign and placed above our kitchen cabinets. New paint makes such a huge difference! (See the cabinet door turned sign HERE.)
Now I just need to find a new runner to complement my new table. Anyone have any suggestions on great places to find one?