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Side Table Makeover for under $20!



Tired of your dark brown side table?  I know I was.  It certainly did not go with the light and bright concept I had for the living room.  All you need to change things up is $20 and about 3 hours.  Your actual prepping and painting time probably only adds up to 30 minutes.  It’s the drying time for two coats of paint that takes longer.  Here’s the before:


It’s a great classic shape, but just didn’t go with the new look.  To start the project, I wiped off the table, but paper under the legs, and opened up a small can of Country Chic Paint’s Lazy Linen.  It’s a clay based paint that is perfect for DIY projects.  I love the flat finish and easy coverage.  (No affiliate links or promos this time around, I just genuinely love using the stuff.)


After one coat it looked like this.  I realized after I took the picture that I missed a spot.


Two coats later and a quick switch of the knob and I was done!  After I took this picture, I realized that I missed yet another spot.  Gah!


I got this unique knob from Free Spirit Market in Humboldt SK for just under $7.  They also sell the Country Chic Paint in project sized jars for just under $10.


I may put the tough coat on the top at some point, but for now I’m enjoying my lovely “new” side table.

Have you given your furniture a make over?  Tell me about it in the comments!

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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