DIY: Add Some Pizazz With A Little Paint

Hi guys! I wanted to share a simple DIY project that I completed this past weekend. I’ve had this beautiful claw-and-ball foot side table in my shop for quite some time now. It was an awesome thrift store find that I was sure someone would snatch up instantly. Well, three months later and it’s still sitting in the shop. So, I decided to add some pizazz to it with a little paint.

Unfortunately I remembered to take a ‘Before’ picture after I’d primed it. Smh! Luckily, you can see the side table below in the photo of my shop. It’s very nice but kind of on the boring side. You barely even notice it with all the colorful pieces of furniture surrounding it.

We all have pieces in our home that at some point will need updating. Paint is a super easy way to update wood instantly! Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

I placed the side table outside on a drop cloth, put on my respirator mask and got to priming with Kilz  Original Sealer & Primer. I chose to use the spray paint because of the intricate detailing on the table. The spray paint was able to get into all the nooks and crannies. The furniture will need 1-2 coats of primer. With Kilz you rarely need to sand but if your furniture has a lot of nicks and scratches, I would sand it with a smooth paper to even it out before priming.
Next I used a brush to add Martha Stewart’s Interior Latex Paint in Semi-Gloss in a blue-grey paint color. On more detailed pieces of furniture like this, it will be difficult to even out the paint with a brush but the glaze comes next and that will cover most of the imperfections. So don’t stress, just keep painting! This will need 1-2 coats depending on the paint color you choose.
Next is the fun part!! The GLAZE!! I love Behr’s Faux Glaze, a pint will last you forever. I got the great tip to have the hardware store add black paint to the glaze from The darker the glaze, the better the look. Apply the black glaze with a brush and wipe off the excess with a cloth rag. The glaze will stay in the nooks and crannies giving your piece an antique look.

After I finished glazing with the black, I decided that the table needed something more. So I went back over it with Martha Stewart’s Metallic Glaze to give it’s some highlights and shimmer. This gave me the effect I was after. Check out the finished product!!

If that’s not a makeover then I don’t know what is! The paint job totally updated the piece and now it stands out from the crowd!

I hope these tips help you with your home makeovers. Feel free to ask questions and send me pics of your DIY projects. I’m here to help. Happy Painting!

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  1. says

    Gorgeous, I have two end tables that are like this but they are a cherry stain that doesn’t match my rustic décor. Since we use these end tables A lot I am just concerned about the paint chipping? How does it hold up without the sanding? Thanks so much I am going to make it a grey rustic heathered oak color.

    • says

      Hi there! I haven’t had any problems with chipping, the Kilz adheres really well. You can always give it a quick sand if you’re worried about the primer adhering to the stain. Good luck! The grey color sounds lovely.

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