Painted Sofa Table for the Family Room

Posted by on Jun 11, 2012 in brass, chalk paint, family room, painted furniture, yard sale | 54 comments

One of the greatest things about this blog is the motivation that it provides for me to get some projects done!

Take this table for example.  I bought it 11 years ago at a yard sale for $10.

At the time, it sat behind the sofa, so you could not really tell how bad of shape it was in.

I moved it to a new location in the family room when we had some new floors put in a few months ago.  I have been meaning to paint it now for several months.  If I did not have this blog, I probably would just let it sit unpainted for several more months (years.)

Here are the results:

Here is what I started with:

Notice that the bottom is actually falling out.  I just totally removed it.

I did have to add a few screws to hold it together.  It was my first attempt at furniture surgery.  It seems solid now!

I used 3 shades of Annie Sloan chalk paint.

(If I do not use some restraint, I am going to paint every piece of furniture in my house with this stuff!  I LOVE this paint!)

The first coat was Old Ochre.

My next coat was a super thin coat of Country Grey.  I painted the “squares” on the legs heavier than any other part of the table.

Can you tell how lightly I applied the Country Grey?  Almost just a dry brush of it to give it a little more character.

I painted the “squares” with French Linen.  I wanted them to have a little more definition.

I used some dark wax and the clear wax.

I used an 80 grit sandpaper and sanded the whole thing pretty good.  I like a very distressed look.

And, here she is in her new home.

I really hit it hard with the sandpaper.

I just bought this old crate for $20 a few days ago.  I think it was used for milk?

I turned it on its side and added a few things that I already had.  My sweet hubby bought the “love birds” for me a few years back.  I thought they looked great hanging from the top of the crate.

I have the word “life” hanging from an old shutter above the love seat.  You can see how I made that here.

One of my new favorites is old brass.  I just found this little box at a yard sale for $1.

And, this little lantern for 25 cents.

And, this tray for $1.99.

So, there is another little corner of my house.

I hope you are inspired to tackle the projects that are on your list!

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  1. I think I hear chalk paint calling my name…your table looks so good! Will let you know if a trip to Brentwood is in my future.

    • I LOVE that chalk paint! My bedroom furniture is next!

  2. Your table turned out great!

    • Thanks! I love a good yard sale find!

  3. It turned out simply stunning! And I love the way you have it set up with so many neat things tucked into it.I’ve just got to get some ASCP and wax!

    • I love ASCP! I am going to have to use some restraint or I am going to paint every piece of furniture in my house!

  4. Your table turned out fabulous and I love the vignette too!! Stopped by from WUW!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I am going to have to stop myself from painting everything! Love the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

  5. Wow! This table looks so great now. It looks like a fine french antique. I just love what some paint will do to an old blah piece of furniture. So nice!

    • I love working with the ASCP! It makes it so easy to get an old look! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Oh, you gave this table new life. I love it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    • I love to give new life to old things! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. This looks great! I love the entire set up. It’s very cozy.


    • Thanks! I have a few words that I keep in mind while I am decorating, and cozy is one of them!

  8. Your table looks gorgeous. I love heavy distressing too, and I like how you’ve layered the colours, great job !

    • Thanks! I have found that I like the 80 grit sandpaper to get a really distressed look. I like to beat my kids and dog to the distressing!

  9. That is an amazing transformation on that table — great find & great recovery!

  10. Your table is beautiful. I love the new finish. I also really love your vignette and your wall collages. Gorgeous. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  11. I love it, and your accessories too…Connie

  12. Wow, You are so great with that chalk paint. Thanks so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

  13. I found you from “At the Picket Fence” and it’s funny that the two links I chose to click on both happened to be yours!

    I love the table! Very pretty and I love the decor on it and surrounding it!

    • Thanks! We must have similar taste! I am going to pop over and give you a visit!

  14. oh oh wow, I love it… you did a great job on the painting as well as the decor.

    I have almost that exact same table but it looks like your before photo:-) Now that I’ve seen yours painted I’m gonna do mine.

    thanks for the inspiration~!

    • Thanks! Good luck painting yours! I am sure that it will be beautiful!

  15. Gorgeous, Melissa! That table definitely had some potential in its before state. Love the way it turned out! You’ve accessorized it so nicely, too.

    visiting from Inspiration Friday : )

    • Thanks! Too bad I let it sit in its before state for 11 years!!!

  16. I bet you are getting some of “MY” bargains from the local thrift stores. The table is gorgeous and love your house

    • I would LOVE to hit some of the thrift stores in Memphis! You will have to share where the best places are! I get back there a few times a year!

  17. Oh so pretty! Featuring you in the PoPP Spotlight this weekend. Thanks for linking up.

    • Thanks! I am so excited to be featured!!!

  18. Oh wow, I love the subtle color contrast on your table. And you’ve decorated it beautifully! Thanks so much for joining the party!

  19. Wow, great job! I will have to see if I can find that type of paint here…definitely have more paint jobs coming up in the near future.
    I’ll be linking up to you, great blog!

    • Thanks! I have to drive about 45 minutes to get to a store that has the Annie Sloan chalk paint, but I think that it is worth the drive! Good luck with your painting projects!

  20. painting furnitures is a great way to spice things up! great look!

    • I have been painting everything! I am going to have to show some restraint or everything in my house is going to be painted!

  21. Beautiful redo. Love your color choices. thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

    • Thanks for hosting! I love the newbie party!

  22. Very pretty redo, great styling on the table top too

    Hugs, Tanya 🙂

    • Thanks! I like the way it turned out, I just can’t believe that it took me 10 years to paint it!

  23. Wow.. fabulous job, your table looks absolutely gorgeous (I saw it on Making the world cuter link party). And your website looks fantastic too! Feel free to visit my site, you might like some of my art and crafts projects too 🙂

    • Thanks! I will give you a visit!

  24. You’re my Newbie in the Spotlight this week! You’ll be featured on my blog tomorrow! Love your style!

    • I am so excited! What a great surprise! Thank you so much!!!

  25. I’m visiting from Refresh Restyle! I love your table and I love your style too!Congratulations on being featured!
    Blessings, Lorraine

    • Thank you so much! I am so honored! There are SO many talented bloggers out there!!!

  26. First time here via “Mod Vintage Life” and you are so precious!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by!

  27. The sofa table looks beautiful!! Great job. We appreciate you linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. Hope you’ll come back soon! -The Sisters

    • I sure will! Thanks for hosting!

  28. Congrats on the newbie spotlight. Fantastic! So glad you join the newbie party.

  29. Once again I happen to have HAD the same sofa table, complete with the glass inserts on the top and faux wicker on the bottom! But alas I sold it and its’ matching side table sisters in a garage sale.:( I some times lack the vision to see past the plain and ugly and transform an uckly duckling into a beautiful swan~~~~that’s why I read your’s and other talented ladies’ blogs! You have that special touch, thanks for sharing it! <3


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