so i have two of these side tables that i hate and haven’t used in a long time. they’re tiny and not my style. and dirty (after being stored in the basement for years).
they were a desperate purchase five years ago when we moved to our condo and needed nightstands pronto, but i was having a hard time finding tables small enough. they were cheap (maybe $20 each?) and fit, so i brought them home. since they provided no storage, they were soon replaced with nightstands from ikea (which coincidentally, i hate too. someday i’ll have nightstands i actually like.
anyway, we needed a side table next to the glider in the nursery so we have a place to put water while nursing, books, and whatever else. though i would love to buy a table i actually like, i figured i would save money and refinish one of the tables i had sitting in the basement since the small size fit the space perfectly.
a recent trend is dipped leg furniture, which i’ve been loving, and i thought this was a perfect time to try it out with the simple lines of the table.
another essential product for pregnant ladies (as well as anyone not pregnant) – a mask.
for my paint, i chose a glossy navy blue for the main table color, and white for the dipped part of the legs, in a flat finish for even more contrast. and i used spray paint because it is so easy to work with, especially for a smaller project like this. (because i chose a navy blue, i decided to also use a gray primer so i wouldn’t need to do as many coats. if i chose a lighter color, i probably would not have used a primer since i sanded my table).
i first lightly sanded the table to 1. remove some grime and 2. help the paint stick even more.
after cleaning off all the dust and any leftover grime, i lightly sprayed a couple coats of the white paint on the bottom half of the legs, as the white finish needed to be freshened and brightened up.
i then measured, marked and taped a line on each of the legs, about six inches up from the bottom (six inches was just a random height that seemed good to me). to protect my fresh white finish from any over spray, i covered the bottom of the legs with paper below my crisp tape line (do as i say and not as i do – cover the entire surface you want to protect. no matter how careful you are, spray paint really travels through the air).
next came the primer, applied in a couple light coats.
finally came a few light coats of navy blue. (notice a trend? the key to spray paint is several light coats to avoid drips). after the final coat of blue i removed the paper and tape to reveal my dipped legs (and the tape worked great – such a crisp line, with no paint taken off).
the blue wasn’t as dark as i had hoped, but overall i’m loving my dipped leg table.
i love how the navy blue and white ‘stripe’ looks next to the striped crib skirt i made.
the official before and after:
my navy blue spraypaint was put to use for another project too – stay tuned.
have you seen the dipped leg trend? are you a fan…or not so much?