I found this mid-century side table at my favorite Goodwill in Phoenix (it’s at Alma School and Ray in case you live in that area). Price tag? $7.00. Of course, it didn’t look this cool when I bought it.
Kind of sad, really. But I could see the great potential so I snagged it up! It had great lines, only a few scratches (easily patched with wood filler), and was just screaming for a bright coat of paint.
I started by giving it a nice sanding to help the primer stick to the “faux-laminate-something” top. Then, I gave it a good wipe down before filling in some of the deeper scratches with wood filler.
As you can see, it doesn’t really matter what color wood filler you use since you’re going to be painting over it anyway. Then, I just sanded over those spots to help the wood filler blend in with the rest of the wood. Now it was time for primer!
Nice thin coats is the key to getting a drip-free paint job, so my first coat was barely there. After three coats of primer, it was all set for paint. Here comes the fun part!
Picking out the color was by far my favorite part! And, because the side table was so small, I got away with buying just a sample of paint from Lowe's. And I still have about half of it left (after three coats of paint!) for either another project or just in case I have to do any touch-ups in the future.
So, what did this project set me back? $7 for the table, $0 to borrow primer from my mom’s stash, $10 for a new brush and roller (which I can re-use over and over…), and $3 for a sample of paint. Total = $20. Not bad at all for a retro style table in a bright, fun color.
One last before:
It's amazing what a fun coat of paint can do to brighten up a boring piece of furniture!