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French Side Table

July 20, 2011
by thenestinggame

I squirreled down in my basement this weekend with a paintbrush and a few episodes of This American Life on my iPhone. It was kind of the best weekend ever. Is that sad or what?

Anyway, I started with this curvy little lady I picked up for $30.

I loved the scalloped top and the skinny ledge.

I mixed up a paint concoction out of the leftovers in the basement

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I believe that’s a mix of a sample of Silver Drop, Dolphin Fin from the office and dining room (both by Behr) and Martha Stewart’s Lagoon (as seen on the front door).

But first, some sanding and a hit of oil-based primer.

Two coats of paint and three coats of polycrylic later…

The color ended up a smidge bluer than I had originally envisioned, but it’s very soft still.

I hit the knob with a little silver spray paint.

Which leads you to…

A little turquoise surprise!

And just when I thought I didn’t have room for anymore furniture, I found an empty corner that was just made for this lovely lady.

But I think I’m out of corners now.

Next up: some (possibly DIY) curtains for this room—those sheers are living on borrowed time.

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  1. July 20, 2011 7:15 am

    Gorgeous table, beautiful lines and color. And the pop of color on the shelf is the icing on the cake! Nicely done.

  2. July 20, 2011 7:22 am

    Wow, I love what you have done with that table, especially the little turquoise surprise!

  3. Sarah Suits permalink
    July 20, 2011 9:29 am


  4. July 22, 2011 3:31 pm

    Just gorgeous! I have been spending too much time of Craigslist looking for unique end tables I can paint a bright color for our neutral living room. Dangerous, though, as we don’t have the official word on our new place. I’ll just keep painting furniture in my dreams…

    Did you sand? Use a special type of paint for longevity??

    • July 25, 2011 9:51 am

      Lindsey, I did sand. Not too much, though. Just used a medium-fine sandpaper and roughed up the finish with a good once-over. As for paint, I just used some flat paint I had on hand, but topped it with 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic for protection.

      Good luck! Isn’t Craigslist so addicting??

  5. melissa permalink
    July 23, 2011 1:06 am

    Can I PLEASE come over to your house? I am so in love with your blog! Better yet, can you come over to my house? I can serve you up some tasty baked goods while you serve me some stylin’ decor tips. We can start in the boy’s nursery. :))

    • July 25, 2011 9:47 am

      Thanks, Melissa! Not sure I could stop looking at that cute boy long enough to decorate!

  6. Kamela permalink
    March 2, 2012 5:47 pm

    Table looks great, but I really love the lamp! Where did you get it?

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