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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Road Rescue Side Table

A road rescue piece brought to life with a creamy turquoise color. 

It's nice when a friend thinks of you. It's even better when they know you.  I had a friend grab this off the road and bring it to me just because he knew I would do it.  It had a little bit of potential and I had a little bit of doubt. A 1.5" hole in the upper left corner for starters. UGH.  Wobbly legs, lacking back bottom support, screws sticking out everywhere, wood cracks and the word "CAT" pencil carved  on the top. There went my original desire to do a smooth black top. It was not going to end up completely smooth, so distressing or aging it was a must. So, I rolled up my sleeves and got at it. 

I started with plugging the hole with wood slivers and glue; horizontal at the bottom of the hole and then glued in vertical slivers and topped it with another small piece horizontally to cap it. When the glue set (it was messy dripping down the leg, but eventually slowed down) I added joint compound and wood putty. 

While the hole was patching up, I sanded the top down bare. 

More putty to go. 
Now to color the top. 

After adding walnut finishing stain, the grain looked like I could turn it into black walnut and hide the hole repair. 
Using onyx wipe on finish, I blended it into the walnut color  for the top. 

It worked! 

After getting the top to where I liked it, I put a coat of lacquer on it. 

Knobs from a hutch redo works for this. 

I painted the knobs with flat black. 

A trim piece that I removed from the laundry hutch redo works for the missing leg support. I measured and cut it to fit. Attached by pilot holes and long screws.  

I love this color. This particular paint is not right for furniture, but by doing it the hard way, it worked. 
Painting the table with the chalky paint was phase one. 

Then clear coat with lacquer was phase two. 

Fast drying! :) 


Phase three, getting all artistic, painting in the old distressed look all over the table.  Working the paint into all crevices. 

It took awhile for the little art brush details, so I sat in the sun :) 

Now that the detail brushing was done, phase four... clear coat again with lacquer.  This process is longer than most do it. The popular method is to do paint layers and scrape or sand. I prefer my method, to avoid "chippies".  The look is more finished and permanent. 

Finally done. The longest part of the project was the small brush painting. 

Old, but new again! 


week2 cropped

What? You gotta go? I'm so happy you stopped by! Say "see ya later" and give me a hug first!  I'll just squeeze ya back! 


  1. Marie@TheInteriorFrugalistaJanuary 29, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Stunning makeover - love the color! When you showed the turquoise craft paint and said you did it the hard way, what did you mean? Did you make your own chalk paint using the craft paint for color or did you color match ready made chalk paint? I found this over at the I Gotta Create Party but noticed you've also posted at the our new Wake Up Wednesday party - awesome!!

  2. Thank you, Marie :)

    I used this paint right out of the bottle. When it dried, it was very chalky. Leaving it chalky would make it difficult to paint the black the way I wanted to. I needed a smooth surface. So I had to clear coat the turquoise paint prior to applying the black paint. Then, clear coated again. This was a four step process; all brushed on. It's not as easy as the one or two coat spraying or brushing that I'm used to. :)

    Thank you for the link up. I enjoy the posts.

  3. Wow - I am SO impressed by the top of this table. The whole thing looks great, but you really worked a miracle on the top! Thanks for linking up at Thursday S.T.Y.L.E.!

  4. Aw, thank you, Melissa! I enjoyed turning the coloring to a black walnut (one of my favorite woods) from something I thought didn't have much hope. I'm glad you like it. Thank you for another great link up. I'm looking forward to everyone's posts over the weekend.

  5. Bonnie @ Our Secondhand HouseJanuary 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I love a roadside rescue! This table is remarkable! Thanks for sharing the details of how you saved it. It's beautiful now.

  6. YES! to your Table DIY #1 its found! #2 Its painted Turquiose Love it Maria Have a wonderful weekend Stopping buy from the friday craft party

  7. I love the color you chose!
    # socialmediasaturday I don't tweet or pin, but I liked you on FB and followed with Linky. Have a great weekend!

  8. wow! this looks great! love the new handles

    Thanks for linking up to this February's Share The Love Blog Hop.
    Now following via GFC and linky followers

    Natasha @ Serenity You

  9. Angela @ Life in VelvetFebruary 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Gorgeous transformation! I love the turquoise! Thanks for linking up at Thursday STYLE!

  10. Maryann @ Domestically SpeakinFebruary 4, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    You certainly gave new life to that table... it's gorgeous now! I'm featuring it in this week's PoPP Spotlight.

  11. Thank you, Angela! I'm glad you stopped by! I'm enjoying all of the party links this week.

  12. Wow! Thank you, Maryann! I'm so glad you like it and to be featured is such an honor! I look forward to your blog posts and your parties. See you again soon, and have a great week!

  13. Ashley @ My Craftily Ever AfteFebruary 4, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    I am so in love with that color! I would love it if you would link up to our party at

  14. Thank you, Ashley! I'd be happy to link up! Thank you for the invite. I look forward to exploring all of the posts.

  15. I LOVE any type of furniture makeover so much! The teal on this piece is just perfect. I just pinned to my furniture board. Thank you for linking up last week to the Lovely Ladies link party, I wanted to let you know I've featured your table this week at our new party! You can check it out here if you'd like and we'd love for you to come by again. Have a great week.
    -Molly from Just a Little Creativity

  16. Thank you so much for including my side table with your features, Molly! You had a fabulous gathering of ideas posted. I enjoy going through the links and look forward to returning. Have a great week!

  17. I love it when you find a treasure in the trash! You did a great job with this table. My most recent 'trash' find was a long oak bench that I painted in red and turquoise. Shaunna @ Tempting Thyme

  18. This had to be the most amazing piece I encountered. I almost passed on it. It really was loved before by someone who tried to keep it together. It was screwed together here and there; the drawer bottom missing, so they converted it to a stationary one. It was glued and failed in numerous places. Back leg support was broken off and gone, so it was screwed to a wall to keep it from wobbling (the screws were still in it through the back). I had to try to salvage it. Reinforcing it and refinishing it certainly did it justice. I wanted so much to do turquoise and ended up loving it. Isn't if funny something so simply terrible can end up all renewed!? I'm going to check out your trash to treasure, hopefully you have it posted. It's exciting :) Thank you, Shaunna.

  19. How clever are you?! That is a gorgeous table. I wonder what the previous owner would say about it now? Nice job!

  20. I bet they would want it back! :) Thank you, Sandy.

  21. Wow! Visiting from SITS and this table turned out beautifully!

  22. Wow! You did an awesome job! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  23. Thank you, Natasha! Re-used knob handles of course! :)
    I'm happy you stopped by!

  24. Thank you, Rachel! I am enjoying the party and so glad to be a part of it.

  25. Great renew, a lot of work. Fav save was the trim used for leg support. Visiting from Curb Alert.

  26. I love what you did with this rescue! So pretty and the color is a wonderful choice!

  27. Hi Joy!
    That trim is from a hutch break down that I re-used for a laundry cabinet. Isn't it funny how nothing is wasted. Thank you for visiting. :)

  28. I thought the turquoise would be too bold, but with the dark accents it blended nicely. Thank you, Wendi. :)

  29. Alison Freisz-StewardFebruary 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Oh my this is so beautiful (and the perfect color for my decor *wink, wink*)...I never think to do these kinds of things but I definitely need to put a project like this on my spring "to do" list because I just love this! Turquoise is one of my absolute favorite colors!

  30. I love turquoise too and to brave out a piece of furniture with it really was rewarding. I hope your project works out well and I'd love to see it.

  31. Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouseApril 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Looks great! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope to see you again at the little blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  32. Wow, your talent for restoring furniture is incredible. I have a really nice dresser that just needs some restoring. I have been trying to decide what I want to do with it but my mind isn't very creative. I think I may just take it in for a furniture restorer and have them work my magic. That would take a lot less time and energy for me!

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