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Flea Market Side Table


I picked up this piece at a Flea Market a few weeks ago and I can’t believe I almost passed on it. Thankfully I was shopping with my sister Danielle who is my shopping enabler and she encouraged me to buy it. (;

I was most drawn to the hardware on this piece – it is what ultimately sold me on buying it. I love the antique metal side handle accentsand the rollers on the feet.


My biggest challenge was the top. There was a design inserted into the middle and I wasn’t sure how that would look painted but I thought it would be a great chance to give a try at stenciling or painting graphics on it.


To get the design, I used graphite paper and traced the French Transfer Printable from Graphic Fairy’s website. I then painted it with Annie Sloan’s Graphite Chalk Paint. This was my first shot at freehand painting like this and I’ll be honest – it took me FOREVER!  I got quite antsy to see the results but the wait was worth it for me.


To paint the table, I made my own chalkboard paint with plaster of paris. This is my second attempt at making it and I had much more success. I think my mistake the first time around is that it was way too thick so this time I put in plaster of paris until I got the same consistency as the other chalk paints I’ve used. It was just slightly thicker than normal paint.

It took a lot longer to dry than the Annie Sloan Paints did but once it finally did (I left it for a day) I sanded it and used a little Annie Sloan Dark Wax as a top coat.



Overall I’m really happy with how this one came out. I’m not usually drawn to long side tables but I absolutely love this one and may need to pick up a few more to work with!


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Distressed Side Table

 I’ve had this table stained and painted with Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue for a few weeks now but I wanted to distress and antique it to get the look I wanted to go with the stained top.


I’ve been putting it off because distressing furniture makes me nervous. I haven’t done a lot of distressing by sanding because I’m always a little worried that I’m going to ruin the piece and then I’d have to start all over again.

Last night I decided this can’t sit in the middle of the kids’ TV Room anymore. I needed to get it done and out of the house so I grabbed my sanding sponge and gave it a shot.

I reminded myself often to only sand those areas that would naturally get worn away and after a few minutes of anxiety as the paint started coming off I started having fun with it. Once I was done sanding the bottom I used the “Antique Glaze Technique” to give it that extra dimension.

DEB Table



This is probably the most distressed piece I’ve ever done. Now that I’m getting over my anxiety about trying it, I’m looking at all the other furniture pieces around my house to see if I need to distress them too!

This is the first of many projects I have planned to complete this weekend. Here are a few before pictures of two of the pieces I’m going to be working on. I’m also sharing a peek at my sunroom. It’s almost completely done so hopefully by Sunday I’ll be able to do a feature on it here. It’s the most “completed” room in the whole house at this point so I’m kinda excited about it. Now I need to remember to take a break from some of these projects once in awhile and enjoy it! (:





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