Monday, April 23, 2012

When I dip you dip we dip - Part Two, Refinishing a Thrift Store End Table

Andy picked it up this nightstand for $10 at a shop that resells old hotel furniture after the place gets remodeled. Its a decent piece, it holds my charging cell phone and my glasses every night like a pro, but it is impossible for me to have a piece of furniture in my house without getting the urge to fuck with it.

In my Pinterest research, I've been seeing a lot of great dip dyed pieces, so I used images like these as a guide, as well as the painting table at Yellow Brick Home-

First I started by sanding it down...

The legs sanded like buttah, but when it came to the table top, I learned it was not actually wood and would not sand well. I googled a bit on how to paint laminate furniture, and everything required fillers and primers that I did not have and did not want to buy (especially since I started doing this project at 1:00am.) So I coated the top with acrylic paint to give it a bit of a grip for the spray paint to stick to. 

Since that part went so fast, I just gave the legs a quick coat too. I figured the more of a base, the better, since I don't want to use too much spray paint since its a rare treat in Chicago (it is banned within city limits, so please don't show this post to Rahm Emanuel.)

Basking in its primed, middle-of-the-kitchen-at-2am, Easter napkined glory.

After sitting overnight, it was spray paint time. After getting it nice and white, we get to the two-toned part.

This paint was worth the extra money over regular gold craft acrylic, it goes on like gold leafing

I found this wonderfully shiny gold acrylic paint at Joann's and decided to "dip" the legs. After measuring even heights on the legs (I went with 10"), I started painting. I tried using painters tape to make a clean line, but the curve of the legs wouldn't allow it, so I freehanded and cleaned it up later.

And, just for picture overload's sake, here is a side by side:

Total cost: $22
Table -$10
Acrylic paint - $1
Spray paint $6
Gold paint - $5

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks so much! And thanks for the inspiration! :)

    2. I like your site and advice and the outcome, but when I got to the part where you used the "F" word it was difficult to focus on the rest. There are a lot of people out there, who don't use that word and are offended by the casual use of it. While you might be comfortable with it, when posting to a site like this I would refrain from dropping it and choose something a bit less rough. There are plenty of expressive words that will work just as good and not offend people.

  2. I love what you did to an old traditional table. I got two tables like this for $15 and I was looking for inspiration to do something with it. I am going to adopt your idea for sure. Thank you...thank you, I totally love it.

    1. I'd love to see how it turns out!! Good luck with it!

  3. I came over from Better After and love it. I didn't realize spray paint was banned though. Strange! I also love how you used that song and how I had to start singing it afterwards. :)

  4. Hi Zandi! I love what you did with your nightstand. If I ever had one, I'd totally do the same thing. I wish I have one right now though. I linked this project in my blog, fyi. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  5. Your nightstand looks nice! Love the paint

  6. Gorgeous! Too bad about spray painting being illegal. What kind of cruel, cruel world do we live in?!?


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