Thrifty End Table Makeover (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint)

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I’m sharing this thrifty end table makeover with you all today (done with Chalk Paint)

I recently painted another end table for my Family Room to use beside my couch.
It was a little thrifty end table too.

What else? ;)

You can see it in this post here. It’s pictured beside my white Chalk Painted arm chair but I actually used it beside my couch.

Then I came across this one at the thrift store and couldn’t pass it up.

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I mean, how cute is this?

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I liked that it had a drawer and a lower shelf.  The other one didn’t have the drawer.
The thing I liked about both tables is the height. Most end tables are too low for my liking.
These were both great in that regard.

But I felt the other table (in the link above) was a bit too plain and too porch-y. (and that’s where it ended up, on my back screened porch)
This one felt more in line with the rest of the furniture in my Family Room

Kind of orange-y stained. I had originally planned to sand/restain/refinish the top but that plan didn’t work out too well.
The wood underneath was not fabulous. ( I sanded )
So I decided to paint it in a two tone finish instead.

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I used my Pure White/Old White blend (I talk a lot about this in my other posts…it’s a favorite shade of mine)
I used a paled down blend of Duck Egg Blue for the shelf and the drawer front. (I just adore this color!)

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Ignore the Shop Vac in the background…it’s there for the built in “bookshelf/cabinet wall” that will never be complete.
I fib…a little…it will be complete, some day.  Life is busy, right?
It’s hard to keep up with it all and complete all these projects we have going on.
And really, who doesn’t live in a state of constant construction and DIY projects in their midst?
Oh, you don’t? Okay, okay, it’s not normal, I know.  (and truth be told, it does drive me a little crazy at times!)
But it’s finally warm and who wants to be inside working when we can be outside making the yard beautiful (and, um, starting new projects)?

I don’t!

One day, my beautiful built in bookcase/cabinet will be done. It might be next winter…but it will get done.

Want to know about 26 other chalk style paints?
I’ve got the low down for you right here! >>> 26 Types of Chalk Style Paint For Furniture

So, as you can see above and below I decided to use some scrapbook paper for the drawer as a liner.

Or “drawer flair” as I decided to call it. What was that movie where they all had to wear the “flair” (pins) all over their shirts for work.
Office Space? I think that’s it. Funny movie.
I have drawer flair. :)

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The “drawer flair” would also include the painted sides (Scandinavian Pink Chalk Paint).
What a fun little surprise when you open the drawer, right?

And how about that cute as heck coaster my sister gave me …. “When all else fails, drink wine“.  Love that.

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‘Eh’…to ehhhhxtra special! :)

Lots of corny in this post today! ;)……. but I am loving my little table.

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Much better, right?

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Can’t wait to finish this room and share it here. I showed you some of it in my Holiday Tour but I’ve changed/added some things since.
The Holiday Tour didn’t show every angle of the room either.
I have lots in the works still!
Plus, and trust me on this, you don’t want to miss all the “fabulous” before photos….and why we nicknamed this room “The Cave” when we moved in.

A little peek at one corner….leading to the entry/foyer.

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I really, (really, really really!) want the IKEA white Ektorp slip covered furniture in this room.
Not loving the tan leather anymore (although it is quite comfy, I must admit)
But my dear, sweet husband is not quite on board with all white furniture……..yet. ;)
Silly man.

So another look at the before and after of this little thrifty end table turned re.loved treasure.

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By the way, the lamp is getting a makeover too.;)

I know some of you don’t like all this painted furniture. I love it and it is very fitting for the coastal, casual (and very eclectic!) feel of my home.
I also love natural wood and wood grain, however, and have quite a few pieces with it.
At least one piece/top in each of my rooms.

I have even started to add small natural wood touches here and there (not necessarily furniture) for some depth, texture and contrast to my decor.
I adore different textures and contrast and find I end up with lots of both as I pick things out for my home.

Here are a few things to come….I painted my >>> laundry room this weekend and will be sharing it as soon as I finish a few ‘small’ projects in there.
My guest bath downstairs is about complete. I’ll be sharing it with you soon! (UPDATE! See it now, >>> here)
I just finished painting >>> a “french-y” graphics cabinet for our Family room. (to house our cable box and such)
I have some >>> fun stenciled night stands I finally completed.

I also have a review of Modern Masters Metallic paint on this pitiful little table coming on Monday.

UPDATE!! You can see it now, here!

Hope you all have a fabulous rest of the week and weekend!! :)


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  1. Love the surprise paper in the drawer. So sweet. Looking forward to seeing all your new projects. Our house is spread out with projects in various stages too. I’m sticking to the thought that it’s the sign of awesome creativity happening!

  2. Hi Nancy-
    I love the look of your new end table – I love how you painted the draw the two colors and put the lining inside the draw.
    Thanks for sharing…
    I know how you feel about your sofa – that’s how I feel about the rugs in my place. I would love to put hardwood floors in – but that will not happen for quite some time..
    Have a wonderful week

    1. Thanks Rose! I know, I see it in my mind how I want it to be/look…but it will have to wait for now! :)

    1. Thank you Darrielle :) Yes, busy!! Always, right?! I suppose I wouldn’t really have it any other way! (even if it does make me a little crazy at times! ;) )


  3. Table is FAB Nancy. Projects are definitely something that is a constant in our house. Esp right now. Trying to get a few things DONE before throwing a baby shower BBQ next month. Slow but sure they are coming together. Can’t wait to see all your projects.

    1. Thanks so much Sheila! :) Oh good…so glad I’m not the only one!! I’m sure you’ll have it all straight by then! Deadlines have a way of doing that!! ;)

  4. Super cute as always! I do love the drawer flair and color; my problem is the drawer is full so no one would see the flair. So I guess that makes it a flair flub. :(
    As I slowly (!!) make kitchen cabinet process, we are also having our master bathroom reinvented. I am about to take the “Graphite” plunge on the cabinets in there. Wish me luck!

    1. Thanks Ellen! lol…flair flub! No worries, mine will soon be full I am sure. It’s just too new to have gotten there yet. ;)
      Oh fun…Graphite….can’t wait to see your cabinets (all of them) finished! Good luck!! :)

  5. This is so pretty and almost exactly what I planned to do to a very similar table I picked up recently from the thrift store! Unfortunately that project has been delayed because I removed the veneer and left it for a couple of days and now the top is completely warped! Weird?? I think I have to replace the top all together now. Your little table is so pretty and I love the drawer flair! I see the door you were talking about at the entry to that room…nice if you want privacy. Hope you’re having a wonderful week! :)

    1. Why am I not surprised at all!! ;) I love all you do..and our tastes are very similar!
      Oh…that is really weird? Was it outside? Well, I’m sure it will be fabulous!
      And lol….yep! That is one of the many we had down here when we moved in. We left that one (obviously! ha) since we thought it might be nice to close when the kids were younger and we were watching TV in that room.
      Have a great weekend Christy! :)

  6. I love the table!! And that coaster is genius. My sister gave me a wine glass that says, “Any friend of wine is a friend of mine.” Sisters are the best. ;)


    1. Thanks Andi! I know, right?! I like that saying too….might have to put it on a sign somewhere. ;)
      Have a great weekend!

  7. Love it! and that little “flair” is the cherry on top :) Just go get that white sofa, beg for forgiveness later…that’s what my children did!

    1. Thanks Debbie!
      Oh, I like your way of thinking!! ;) I might just!!
      Hope you have a great weekend!xo

    1. Thank you Melissa :)
      I know, I just have to have it! I figure it’s white and can be washed and bleached. Should be okay, right?! Plus, I think the slipcovers are only around $60 so if one gets too badly stained it’s not too hard on the $$ to replace! (I’m talking you –and me– into it!! lol)
      Have a great weekend!

  8. LOVE it Nancy, you do terrific work :) I’ve been using milk paint but want to try chalk paint soon. Can’t wait too see your other projects. Enjoying out door activities here too. Thanks for your blog, it is my fav :)
    – Vicki

    1. Hi Vicki,
      Thank you so much! :) And, wow, you have just made my day (week, year! ;)) Thanks so much for that! Means more than I can say to hear something like that.:)
      I love the Chalk Paint and have only used Milk Paint once before. I keep saying I’m going to use it on something else but haven’t yet. I really need to!
      I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Love the table!! The scrapbook paper in the drawers is the perfect touch! It’s beautiful!! Love it!! Can’t wait to see all your projects :)

    1. Thank you Crystal! I know, that’s my favorite part and just want to leave the drawer open all the time now!! ;)

  10. :-) I have this exact same side table! It was passed onto me after a relative passed. I love how you have painted it!

    1. Hi Sandy,

      You can but I wouldn’t recommend it for a daily used table. I have painted several but usually minimal use. If you scroll down in this post, , you will see a retro style desk I painted that had a shiny, manufactured top. (the beige and white one) I lightly sanded the top to remove some shine and then painted, waxed. For casual use, yes, a table in a kitchen used daily with lots of movement, probably not. Hope this helps! :)

    1. Hi Katie! Thank you!
      It’s been awhile since I did this one but I almost always use Mod Podge for this. :)

    1. Hi Jeannie! I’m sorry to say I don’t remember. That’s been quite awhile ago. Looking at it though I would say maybe 2/3 Duck Egg to 1/3 Pure White. :)

  11. I wasn’t wild about the table before, but now it’s so sweet, Nancy! The only thing that appealed to me was the drawer handle and I love that you kept it and painted it. I also love the indoor painting setup! I’ve been doing projects in the living room since it’s too cold and wet to paint outside. And since the flooring needs to be replaced, I don’t worry about spills. I agree, though, it does get tiresome living in a perpetual construction zone. (Doesn’t everyone have a toilet in the foyer and a bathroom vanity in the kitchen?)

    1. You and me both, Marcie! :) Just not my style. And yes, I loved that little handle, so kept it! Haha, gotta love my painting set up! One of these days I’m going to get a better one. We have since gotten all new flooring, so I’d prefer to work elsewhere but have no space. Sure do miss the old 2 and half garages we had at our previous homes. Currently ours is a 1-1/2 and filled to the brim! ;) We did just get a new shed out back, so I’m hoping to have a nice new work space in the garage soon. By this summer, anyway! Haha..your last sentence…sounds perfectly normal to me! ;) Happy weekend to you! xoxo

  12. Oh Nancy, that little table is sooo CUTE! Have to admit thought, I wasn’t crazy about the color of the other table, but this one is so fun! Good job!

  13. Love the end table!! The white with blue is so refreshing. And the drawer flair is fantastic!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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