I am super excited to post the first DIY on the blog..and I think this is going to be the perfect one because it is so easy and simple anyone can follow along and recreate this look! This only took me about an hour and a half from start to finish and in about 4 steps. I love upcycling and refinishing awesome vintage finds!! So…Are you ready to get started!?
Here is the before and after…
Isn’t is pretty! I am kinda obsessed with mustard yellow right now..along with coral, gray and mint..you will see from the rest of the photos that I just redid my entire living room in these colors because I am somewhat crazy and was ready for a change..plus I painted my kitchen in a mint green shade of paint that I am in LOVE with beyond words!
Ok so lets get started! This is such a simple project and since this vintage find (that came out of Mary Beths Nan’s house) was in pretty decent shape to begin with it only took me about an hour and a half from start to finish to complete and put in my house! That made me even more excited about it!
STEP 1: Remove hardware and drawers or doors depending on what project you are working on, and give it a light sanding. I used 80 grit sand paper for all the sanding because the wood is very soft so I didnt want to go too rough with it, and I got lucky because it already had scratches and dings in the wood that just gave it the perfect look for this project! After you are done sanding make sure you wipe it down with a rag to get all of the dust off of it. DO NOT use a cleaning product on it or you could end up with problems like the paint not drying or sticking to the wood..YIKES :)
STEP 2: Get out your paint and give it a light coat. I used a latex paint called Honey Locust from Behr in flat matt finish. I am digging this color of yellow..its not super bright but has a nice hint of brown to give it a more rustic look to it. I hope you can see from the image below how streaky it looks with a thin layer of paint. Sorry if you cant tell..bad lighting in the workshop
Paint the entire piece and let dry. The nice part about using a thin layer is that it dries super quick…I am thinking it was dry in less than 15 minutes!!
STEP 3: After the paint is dry get out the sand paper, 80 grit and go over it once again to rough up the edges and give it more streaks. You do not have to do this step, but I wanted a little more rustic charm to it. You would be fine just skipping this step if you did not want as much of the natural wood showing through. When you sand a rustic piece, no need to go in same direction. You want it to look dinged up and random. As you can tell from the pic below I went a little crazy with it!
STEP 4: This is another step you could skip. Hey, if you are happy with the streaking in the paint and your sanding job to the point that the color is perfect for what you are looking for..then stop and your done…YAY! That was easy peasy right!!? I wanted to go a little darker and make sure the wood showing through was a tad darker so I grabbed some Dark Walnut Stain and a chip brush and dry brushed on the stain.
Here is what it looks like dry brushed on..well the start of it. I made sure to get all of the edges and dings in the wood nice and soaked with stain so that it was darker in those areas. You want to let it sit for a few seconds..this part is all up to you. The darker you want the stain to show the longer you want to let it sit. I probably only let mine sit until I was done dry brushing the area I was working on..so maybe 30 seconds or so. I just really wanted to stain to hit the wood that was showing and not darken the paint too much. So after you put on your stain and let it sit to your desired darkness, grab a rag and wipe it off! Let it dry, put your hardware back on and TAADAAA you are FINISHED!
I did go one step further and I added a thin layer of Martha Stewart Sealer just on the top because it gets humid here and I don’t want anything sticking to this and ruining my awesome paint job! But this is totally your call!
Doesn’t it look AMAZING with my curtains I just made the other day! I also noticed that the knobs on the bottom of the table match the pattern of my curtains…how meant to be is that! I swear the stars aligned for this one! Ps.. I will be doing a tutorial on those curtains as well soon so stay tuned. My puppy even likes the new end table..look at his cuteness. His name is Aando and he loves to shed and get in the way of photos lol!
So, I think that about covers this simple DIY! If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below and feel free to tell me how much you love it too haha! Stay tuned for the next DIY!