Moving to Tulsa from Chicago presented a slue of logistical and practical challenges, the largest one being a lack of furniture. Over the last few months, Eric and I have slowly been accumulating pieces in order to fill the apartment and allow us to stop living out of boxes (we're down to 2!) My goal was to find cute furniture for as little cost as possible; in other words, I knew I was going to be hunting through consignment stores and painting things myself. Here is one piece that I'm particularly proud of:
I found this little accent table at a consignment shop in town for $20. What I liked about it most was the simple finish it had when I bought it (easy to paint) and the great design of the legs. I like having different shapes and textures throughout the apartment, and the curved legs and rounded surfaces helped to balance out the straight edges of other pieces in the living room.
To redo this piece, I started by lightly sanding each shelf. Then I applied two coats of Zinnser Primer. This stuff sticks to everything, but I found that it sticks best after a piece has been sanded. I didn't have to sand anything very thoroughly, just enough to put a little scrape on the surface.
Then I used Valspar paint for the color, and I sealed it all with 3 coats of Poly-crylic. Here is the finished product:
The wreath is a nice touch. My future sister-in-law made it for me for my birthday, and the pillow is from my other future sister-in-law. They know the way to my heart-- Sooner pride! You can check out their business page here.
Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed seeing the step-by-step on this piece. It was VERY easy to do and pretty inexpensive. Now go forth and conquer furniture challenges of your own!