August 27, 2012

Side Table Makeover

I found this cute corner side table at our local Goodwill store for a whopping $3.00! I knew the instant I set eyes on it I was going to give this little table new life! Deciding what color to give it was the tough part. That, and figuring out just where I was going to put this. With all that finally determined, it is time to start on this makeover!




As I was getting ready to start making this over, the spindle legs came to mind. I really dislike painting spindly things like this because they can be a pain, regardless of the type of brush you use. Not sure what made me think of this, but I decided not to use a brush at all. On any of this. I used a sock. Yes, I said a sock. I had this old pair of socks sitting in my drawer that don't fit any of the feet in this house. Why did I still have them? I don't know, but I sure am glad now that I did! 

I put on latex gloves first knowing the paint would soak through. I also poured the paint into a separate dish so not to get any lint in the can (I used a Styrofoam bowl, easy clean up, too). I placed the sock on my hand and just stuck my hand in. It felt like playing with mud or clay. It was really fun! And covered beautifully! If you have some old socks around please consider this option. It made painting really fast, too.

Two coats seemed to do the job, but I decided to go with three instead, since I am using a darker color. I gave it a coat of spray clear acrylic sealer in gloss, since the paint is an eggshell and I wanted a bit more sheen. It is difficult to tell in the picture, but it reflects the light a bit. I may give it another coat, but I want to live with it a little to be sure I don't go too glossy.

And here she is..all dressed up!

side table makeover

What do you think? Have you ever used a sock to paint? I may never go back to brushes! Well, never is a long time, but I will definitely use this option again! Who would have thought a sock would give such a nice finishing touch.

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10 comments :

  1. LOL. nice idea! and turned out beautiful!

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  2. Thank you! and thanks for checking out my blog! I hope you will keep coming back!

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  3. Hi Laurie,
    This is great. I must try this sock painting technique. Thanks for sharing... What paint brand/color is this beautiful shade of blue???

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    1. Hello! Thanks for looking at my Side Table Makeover! This paint was quite the find. I was originally going to just buy a couple of those little sample jars, but I noticed a clearance shelf. Yep! I didn't know they even had those for paint. They had a quart size of Dutch Boy that was the correct tint for the color I wanted...for $2.00! Can you believe that? Even cheaper than one sample jar and a lot more paint. Any how, the color is called Dove Gray, which is why it has that hint of blue in it. It really is pretty. I am going to be working on some decorative projects this weekend to display on this table, so please stop back! Thanks again!

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  4. Great idea using the sock - I went crazy on my shabby no more side table with all the spindles!! UGH! I'm gonna try the sock next! Thanks for sharing and it looks wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Theresa! The sock worked great! I will be using a sock again when I paint my stair case and the deck spindles. I hope you find it as easy as I did!

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  5. I have the same kind of corner shelf to repaint and I have some old socks in my drawer... Now guess what I'm going to do on my next day off? Thanks for the tip!

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    1. I'm glad I could help Magali! Everytime I see this table in my upstairs bathroom, I smile. I'm very happy with it. The socks worked wonders on the spindles! Good luck with your table!

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  6. Your table turned into a swan with your sock treatment! Do you have a special corner to tuck it into?

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    1. Thanks Michele! And yes, I do, she looks smashing in my upstairs bathroom! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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