Saturday, March 23, 2013

Side Table Makeover - Cottage Chic

I love my job.
Painting furniture and signs.
Usually I am doing something custom.
So it is a real treat to take the time
to paint something for my home,
in the colors that I love.
And it's a love story ta boot.
A little TLC for this guy -
No hope.
What?!  no hope?!
I can see you in there,
you little beachy, cottagey, shabby, lovely.
There you are.
But your journey wasn't easy.
Ridding you of the wasp nests, mud, and cobwebs
meant a good "gut" cleaning
and spray paint under and inside.
Now for a real makeover
we gave you a new top - very trendy you know -
the planked board look.
Lath, at 29 cents a piece will be our wood of choice.
Then some Minwax Early American Stain.
And I know this breaks the rules
but I use a little acrylic Raw Sienna with it.
Now for some ironstone white milkpaint.
And to really make you cottage cute,
lets put a board across the bottom
with a textural basket.
wow, you are shaping up.
I could even love you like that.
(I think that's a song)
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But I could really love you like this.
So let's go back
to the first kiss brush stroke.
blending in white
Clear wax entire piece.
We're going to live happily ever after
(or until I get another paint makeover idea)
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It's like he had a makeover
and now the girls are lining up.
But he's all mine.
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Susan @ Rustic ReDiscovered said...

Linda- What a great makeover! Loving your new shabby table. The shelf and basket are perfect.

20 North Ora said...

Deb - how cute! I'd keep both of those for myself if I were you. Isn't it amazing what a little paint ( and a talented painter) make?

Great job!


Unknown said...

Absolutely gorgeous - LOVE all those pretty pastel colors you chose!!!
But I think he's a transvestite now - far too beautiful to be a male! lol
Fantastic job!
( and I so get what a pleasure it is to do a piece for ourselves )

MacGIRLver said...

This looks great! You did a fabulous job on it!

Faye (MacGIRLver)

Feral Turtle said...

What a beautiful job! Love the new top and I must commend you on your choice of wood!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

What an awesome makeover!
Love the colored top.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Twice Nice said...

Deb, loved it with the stained top, really loved it with the painted top!

Chris said...

Hi Deb, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Rasonda @ East Conolly Cottage said...

So pretty and perfectly cottagey! I have a question for you though... in photo the wood that you added didn't look flush, then in the final picture it was perfect. What did you use to make the wood straight and flush on the sides?

Laurel Stephens said...

I love your colors, too! What a beautiful little table and a great tutorial.

Heidi Lisa said...

Oh Deb I love, Love, LOVE it! I can't wait to dig in and work on some furniture myself :o) You inspire me

Deb Hrabik said...

Hey Rasonda - I just used my jigsaw to cut the ends off. My Dad got me my first saw when I was early 20's. I didn't know how I would use one all of the time!
Maybe the lumber yard could cut it for you too. ?

Tania Pelletier said...

Wow, what a sweet little table makeover... I love the springy, cottagy, beachy colors!


Allison @ The Golden Sycamore said...

I love your table, Deb! Everything about it is so cute! So glad you rescued it and put your own touch on it. Well done! :)

Christy said...

I am so envious that this is your job!!! Great work, I will remember this when I have a little lovely to repaint!

Art and Sand said...

I love your little table.

The shop class is right next to my classroom and I think I need to get in there and cut up som wood for fun projects.

craftyles said...

wow!. I love how you did the top of that little gem. Glad you took it in and gave it such a great makeover!

Donna Wilkes said...

The painted slat top gave this table so much character.

bec said...

I'm now in love too with your table...just gorgeous. happy to have found your blog!
Bec x

Lindsay @ Diary of a Crafty Lady said...

I love this! I love the board across the bottom too - that's brilliant. Now, you wrote that after you used stain, you used acrylic. Why is that "against the rules"?
Great piece.

Anonymous said...

As always... amazing transformation! Girl, you are so talented! I'm pinning this table redo. Little Bit from

Anonymous said...

p.s. I'm now following you on bloglovin. Little Bit from

Deb Hrabik said...

Oh, about the "breaking the rules", when I base painted with stain and acrylic that's mixing oil and water. (doesn't really mix) But I like the way it goes on my wood and dries quicker.

Crystelle Boutique said...

I love it..... I can't get over how cute it is. That was such a great idea to use planks, and the paint..... swoon.......

Have a HAPPY Easter... :)

hugs x


Crystelle Boutique

Krista @thehappyhousie said...

It is absolutely gorgeous! I so LOVE your work... it totally speaks to me/my style. Thanks so much for sharing it!

Debbie said...

Visiting from Embracing Change Inspired Creations Linky Party. Very pretty. Love the color, texture, additional storage area. Great restoration. Thank you for sharing.
--Debbie from One Day at a Time

Bliss said...

Awesome, Pinning.


Jeannine said...

This is so cute and fresh! Love the plank top!!

Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

Kathryn Cain said...

love this has a Galveston feel, like the old bead board that has fallen off of some of the houses

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Pinned! I adore this table and need one for my pool area- it's perfect!

Artsnark said...

what a fab transformation

Unknown said...

Love, love, LOVE what you did with this. The colors are great! Easter blessings, Patti

Unknown said...

I would fight you for him! Lol. This is truly wonderful. I love the new to, the shelf and, most of all, the colors! Fantastic!

Deb Hrabik said...

Oh, you would, Denise...with your so cute wire flowers and pallet wish board. : )

Debra@CommonGround said...

oh he's really a catch now!! love the pastels he's sporting now!

Old Red Barn said...

Waw! That's gorgeous! Which paint did you use on the top? I invite you to join my link party every weekend: Crafty Country Cottage at Old Red Barn. Hope to see you soon!


Unknown said...

Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later today!
I hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend, and join me this evening for Make the Scene Monday #68!

Kathy said...

This looks marvelous - love the transformation and that you went back to the beachy colors - I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

Stacey said...

This piece is stunning! I adore it!
Featuring it tonight!
Thanks for linking up this week!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! I hope you'll consider linking up to the Upcycled Linky Party going on right now at I know our readers will love it!

Hannah said...

I love that table SO much! Those too are my favorite colors. Thanks for sharing the directions as well.

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Oh MAN. That is adorable.

I love it. I want it. Can I have it?

Hahaha. :)

Carrie said...

SO cute.

MaytagNMom said...

He's so adorable BOTH ways- but with the lovely new painted top and MMS's wax- he's over the top! Too bad he's "spoken for"... :)

Craft On & dance like no one else is watching :)

Visiting from WOW Us Wednesday @Savvy Southern Style's linky party
Suz @MaytagNMom
NW Illinois
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Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Love it! Turned out so cute!!

Eclectic Red Barn said...

Wow, I love how you painted this piece. What a fabulous makeover. The top is perfect. I am your newest GFC.
Have a great week,
@ Eclectic Red Barn

Danielle said...

So, so, so pretty! Love the whole thing. So beachy and sweet. Would love you to share it at my link party if you get a second:

House of Smiths said...

Thanks so much for sharing your post at our linky party this week!
Great use of pastels! Subtle but beautiful!

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Oh Deb, I've missed seeing your posts! I'm so glad to be caught up. This one was worth the wait. You really gave it quite the transformation! Poor little thing, just waiting for some love, and it sure found the right place. I LOVE it! Are you sure it's a boy?? :) I do have a question, you said you added some acrylic Raw Sienna to the Minwax stain. Did you mix the two together to paint it on? You're so creative, you always seem to know just what to do with a piece. Great job, as always!


Unknown said...

This is so so perfect! I saw this on Better After & had to come comment! I have an antique sewing table that I am turning into my desk, but can't figure out how to go about covering up the big hole in the middle because the wood is so beautiful that I (shockingly) don't want to paint over the entire thing! I may have to just add a colorful top & leave the rest to be dark brown. Thanks for the inspiration!

Unknown said...

Found you on Better After! New follower!! Love the table its such a cute little piece but yet such a bold statement!!

Would love if you followed me too :)

Mango said...

What kind of paint did you use on the top for the colors?

Deb Hrabik said...

I used craft acrylics. I added white to each of them to soften color.

Unknown said...

It looks lovely! You said you used ironstone white milk paint? Does it come in different colors or did you use a little acrylic in it as well?

Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Melissa -
I used the white milk paint on the bottom of the table. I used bottle craft acrylics on top. I added white to all of my colors to lighten. You could use any kind of white on the bottom of the table and sand off a bit for the worn look.
Happy Painting,

Anonymous said...

Hi, just found this on pinterest last night. It looks great! How did you attach the laths to the top?

Deb Hrabik said...

Sure - you can use liquid nails adhesive and then tiny nails on each end. That will hold it. Even wood glue would do.
Thanks for stopping by!

Mary said...

Love - love this! Any chance that you might remember the brand/color of the acrylic paints you used?

Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Mary
I used such a variety of acrylic craft paints I don't remember. But I added white to all of them to keep the light beachy feel.
Sorry I don't have exact colors,

Emily said...

Hi Deb, I have just found your blog, I am about to paint a wooden planked table just like this but with vibrant colours. I am wondering if you are able to tell me please, when you paint the top panels, how do you achieve the distressed look of the wood coming though on the edges, and not just a solid block colour? I would love to know! :) Thanks in advance!

Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Emily!
Sounds like a fun project.
Use a chip brush - maybe 2-3" . They are cheap and they have an airy bristle bunch - not heavy.
If you want a darker brown base - paint that first, then apply your color on top - lifting your brush gradually before you get to the edge.
Then, after you apply your coats of color, go back with a dry brush of brown on a chip brush and pull in from the edges. Dry brush just means that you dip your chip brush into the brown and wipe it off on a paper towel so there is very little paint. This keeps a light and natural effect on the edge.
Have fun!
Happy to help,