The Little Blue Table

Not just any blue table, this little blue table changed everything. Well, everything design wise in my living room that is.

I was given this small accent table a few years back, from my “future” mother in-law. I painted it black and added a compass design on the top, and I was satisfied.

The little black table

Until recently! I got my hands on a bottle of paint stripper and got right to work.

I love paint stripper

Scraping away...

Before you know it, the black paint was gone and the little table was sanded. Oh, how I wish the china cabinet could be this easy!

Just a little more sanding

Sanding complete!

While at the hardware store looking for paint colors I noticed there is a section of their “oops paint”. I scored a bottle of blue for only $0.50! Then I bought some small wooden appliqu├ęs to add on the sides.

Ready for paint?

Now for the fun part, painting! I didn’t want a solid blue table so I gave it some old world charm.

The first coat

Looking good

Now for some antiquing


You probably can’t see the detail in the pictures, but…when I painted the coat of blue I watered down the paint slightly so the wood would show through in some places. I also buffed out the blue when it was still wet with a damp lent free rag.

After the blue was dry I mixed mushroom brown with a translucent faux glaze. Then applied the brown  using a drying brushing effect. I wiped the excess with a damp lent free rag.


I’m extremely happy with it. I have so many new idea’s for my living room now…so I’m making a design board to show you soon! 

PS. Now I can say I added a colorful piece of furniture to my home, one goal I wanted to complete this year. Yippy!

This project is linked up at Room to Inspire's Be Inspired Link Party and at The DIY Show Off


LindsB said...

The table looks like a whole new one- what a great second life for a cute side table!

Shel at Dreamy Nest said...

Amazing! I love the black and compass look, too. You painted that?! OMGosh! WOW! And then you had the guts to redo it? It's gorgeous. Excellent job.

Room to Inspire said...

What a great little table! It looks great with its new color - I really like the paint treatment you used! And the wood appliques look perfect.


Anna said...

Wow, you did a great job on the table! I love it!

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Mayet said...

great job!! I like the new look.

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Lizzie said...

It is absolutely beautiful!
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Lori said...

Looks good! ! hate stripping wood. I love all your photos. I am going to follow your progress.

Living in Taradise said...

That is beautiful! I love it!

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Charlene said...

Great Job!

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dddiva said...

You did an amazing job! Seriously looks like something I'd buy in a boutique.

Sarah said...

Thank you all so much, and thank you for following. I have plans for more projects coming up :)

Orange it Lovely said...

oh that color is PERFECT for that table. Great choice and great job stripping it. YOu made it look easy! lol

Room to Inspire said...

I am glad you linked this up to Be Inspired this week!


Suzanne said...

I think it looks kind of Scandinavian~very pretty!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a fabulous DIY transformation~well done!

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Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Nice project. I would love it if you would link this up in Modern Craftswoman Monday. Very well done. Rory