Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Vintage Magazine Side Table Transformed with Chalky Finish Paint

Painting vintage tables

If you're a regular reader of Altered Artworks, then you know I love a good flea market.  A few months ago, I found this magazine side table at the local Topanga Vintage Market.  

It had good bones but desperately needed a makeover. 

I was finally inspired when DecoArt contacted me to join 
their artist program and try their Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint
They have a good selection of colors and finishes.  

You can find their Chalky Finish paint at many retailers including Home Depot, which is where I buy all my painting supplies.  As much as I want to rush right into the project, it's important to prepare your painting area and gather all your materials including painter's cloths, plastic sheeting, hand sander, brushes, disposable gloves, and any hardware or other supplies you need.

First, I thoroughly wiped down the table with a damp cloth.  That's all the prep you need with this paint.  Its chalky consistency easily adheres and covers most surfaces.

Since I was going for a summery, beach look, I painted the entire surface with a 50/50 mix of "Everlasting" and "Treasure."  It only needed one coat to cover the old wood surface.  Then I lightly brushed a watered-down "Everlasting" to create the worn beachy look I was going for, and painted the edges of the magazine holders with 100% "Everlasting."

When this dried (which was very quick), I lightly sanded the table with 240 grit sandpaper.  I wanted the original wood to show through in some areas and especially along the edges and curves, and was amazed how easily the chalky finish paint distressed the table.

DecoArt makes beautiful vinyl stencils.  The Americana Decor stencil line is one of my favorites, as I love their vintage look.  I chose both the Cafe Paris and Old World Numbers for this project.
Americana Decor stencils

After taping down the stencil so it stays in place, I used a stencil brush, and lightly dabbed the paint in an up and down motion, completely covering the stencil design.  I used the color, "Carbon" for the designs.

S-l-o-w-l-y, carefully lift the stencil to see your image.
Just wash and gently rub the stencils under water to clean them to use over and over again.

I again lightly sanded the images to further distress the table.

Using Americana Decor Creme Wax and a dry lint-free cloth, 
I went over the entire table with the wax.  

After it thoroughly dried (allow about an hour), I buffed the table, creating a soft shine.  
This also protects the surfaces from daily use.

The last detail was to add sliders at the bottom of the four legs to prevent scratches on a wood floor and to easily glide over carpets.  

I found these Adhesive Spike and Stick Sliders at Home Depot that were easily hammered in place.  

The original sticker on the bottom of the table shows that it was manufactured by the 
Los Angeles Woodworking Company and made in the USA, probably in the 1930-40's.  

Here is the completed magazine side table.

As nice as the magazine side table looks beside the pool, it actually found its new home in our daughter's bedroom, which already has a beachy theme.  Magazines are now easily accessible while lounging in bed, and the table is just the right size for a cup of tea and/or fresh flowers.
painting vintage furniture with Americana Decor Paint

Our scottie dog, Coconut, approves!  

I already have big plans for my next furniture transformation using 
Have you tried this amazing paint yet?

Disclosure:  I received product and compensation from DecoArt towards the transformation of this project.   However, all ideas and opinions are completely my own.

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  1. This is gorgeous! I love the new color.

  2. Love the color you chose and the stencil is the perfect finishing touch. What a great transformation. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  3. That looks great! The color is stunning and I love how it all came together. Thank you for linking up with The Happy Home Life :)

  4. Love this makeover! Love it if you shared it on Worthwhile Wednesdays!

  5. That blue is just wonderful. I think the writing on top is the perfect touch.

  6. I love how it turned out! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again on Friday! Feel free to bring a friend :)

  7. This is gorgeous! Love that color of blue & I love how you distressed it and did the stenciling. Such a cute little piece.

    I found you on the Best of the Blogosphere link up :)

  8. Perfection! Love how your piece turned out!
    Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It!

  9. We loved your Post so much we featured it on this weeks Linky Party... Thank you again for stopping by and sharing with is. It is gorgeous...

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  11. That is just awesome - I love how it turned out!

  12. Okay totally amazing! Love it! such a great color. i have used Annie Sloan chalk paint, which I love, but I haven't tried this. Definitely going to need to, especially since you can find it more easily! Thanks so much for linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere link party

  13. I had a table like that and now I wish I didn't give it away!

    Looks great.


  14. What a gorgeous makeover - love everything about it!

  15. What an amazing transformation, Doreen! Love the colors you chose, and those stencils are two of my favorites :) Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm.


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