In Part 1, I also discovered that I could forego those expensive Refinishing Waxes & Chalk Paint and use basic Flat White Paint along with Brown Shoe Polish & Clear Polyurethane to get the look I wanted for much less! (Full Tutorial)
Well, here's the next victim - a very plain Side Board Table that I picked up at a yard sale last for $30:
It's solid, but it's seen much better days!
After the husband gave the top a good sanding, I tackled it with Ebony Stain and Flat White Paint.
Already a huge improvement! After the paint was dry, I pulled out the Shoe Polish and distressed it in all the right places. Couple more coats of polyurethane and I am very pleased with my "brand new" French Country Side Board!
Yup, I painted the handles because their original pewter color wasn't going with my color scheme. I kinda like the way they turned out with the distressing, though!
There, on the top shelf, is part of my Nautical Buoy Centerpiece! Nothing ever stays the same in my house!
Can you tell I'm getting excited to move near the Bay?
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
Fake French Country Refinished Side Board & End Table ($12.50 White Flat Paint, $1.00 Shoe Polish, $10.77 Polyurethane, $0.00 Rag)
Total Fake-It Cost: $24.27 (with plenty leftover for Project 3, The Coffee Table)
Compare to Designer Refinishing Materials such as Annie Sloan's ($27.00 Chalk Paint, $12.65 Dark Wax, $31.76 Lacquer)
Total Fake-It Savings: $47.14
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