It all began when Mr. Anne and I were transporting our old television/video cassette recorder table to the attic. We live in an older home, so we have the convenience of a regular staircase located in a bedroom that leads up to the attic. While passing through this guest room, I suggested we halt. A light bulb had just come on! I wanted a bedside table in this room, but had never made it a priority. Maybe, just maybe, this table could function in that way.
Before I go any further with this little tale, here's the piece of furniture.
Just before I dive into a project like this, I often have moments of indecision and doubt. Should I paint and transform a perfectly good piece of furniture? Will I have regret? But in this case, I remembered where this table would otherwise be residing~ the attic! What use would it be there? So my mind was made up~ proceed.
I knew that I wanted this table to have an industrial look. My first step: paint it black. I mixed up a batch of homemade chalk paint using this tried and true formula.
Then I took it outside for a quick sand to smooth the surface.
In my research, I found that some persons recommend applying with a brush in a pouncing fashion, while others suggest applying the paint with a rag. I tried both of these methods at different points. I came to the conclusion that it is really just a matter of personal preference. Painting with a rag seemed to use excess paint. It depends on the resulting look you desire. I tried to avoid the look of brush strokes when possible, so after applying with a brush, I either lightly smoothed it with the brush or rag. I like the look of inconsistency in color.
This was the look after layering on various shades of the sliver paint.
This view shows more paint applied, as well as hammering in small nails for a special effect.
I do love wheels, or casters, for an industrial accent. ;)
Lastly, I lined the drawer with pages from my outdated CAD textbook and added metal pulls.
Then it was time for the FUN~ trying out different arrangements on the VCR shelf.
|Red toolbox tray for book storage|
|Storing a throw on the shelf|
|Wood crate for storage|
So glad I did not send this table to exile in the attic!
THANKS so much Sarah, for featuring my table on THRIFTY DECOR CHICK! :)