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How to Paint a Side Table Shabby Chic Style

vintage side table painted white and styled with old books and candlesticks

I bought an old side table at a church sale for $5 a few years ago. It had a floral motif design on top, which I liked, but the table itself was pretty beat up. It definitely needed wood glue to remedy some wonkiness. I just knew it would look great painted. So, let’s go over how to paint a shabby chic style side table.

vintage side table

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How to Paint a Side Table

After I cleaned it up and repaired the wonky legs, I was ready to start painting. The table was scuffed up enough that it didn’t need to be sanded.

painting with chalk mineral paint

Step 1.

Paint the table with your desired color. I used Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in Fluff. It will take at least two coats. Let dry completely before moving on to the next step.

distressing with sand paper

Step 2.

Sand the table’s legs and around the edges. This will give it the distressed, shabby chic look. Wipe away the dust with a damp paper towel or tack cloth.

applying dark and clear wax to a side table

Step 3.

With a wax brush, apply a light coat of dark wax diluted with clear wax. I used Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Brown and Clear. This will seal the table.

buffing off wax with a clean cotton rag

Step 4.

Buff the table with a clean cotton rag. Some of the brown wax will remain and it will tone down the bright white. This will give it that aged, shabby look that we want!

vintage side table painted white and styled with old books and candlesticks

Voila! Isn’t she cute? This beauty will be going to my antique booth soon.

vintage side table given a shabby chic makeover with white paint and a distressed finish

I’m always amazed at what a difference paint can make! If you like furniture makeovers, check out these other posts: Antique Looking Stool, Chalk Painted Mirror, My Grandfather’s Dresser, Chalk Painted Bookcase.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Rebecca

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