End Table and Side Table Painting Tips

Welcome back! I hope you guys all had a happy and rest filled weekend. We had fun celebrating my mom and hanging out as a family at Loblolly Manor. It was nice to be able to take a bit of a break to celebrate all the sweet, sassy and strong women that make up my family so I hope you guys had a chance to celebrate the women you love too.

With the One Room Challenge winding down, I took last weekend to paint several pieces of furniture at the same time. I was clutching the biggest cup of coffee as I headed out for a day of painting. Here are a few of the pieces that were waiting on me…


I was a little bit on the fence about the barstools and the office chair but once they were finished and set up in the office, I loved them. You can read about their transformation here. Painting the frame and the little side table wasn’t even on my radar until my mom came over to help me work on the craft/inventory closet.

We started moving things around and before I knew it the bedroom was getting a refresh and so was the bathroom. It’s not anything major at all but given they’re part of the suite of rooms connected to the office I really wanted to make sure the three rooms complemented each other. Once we were finished, I no longer needed the side table and my Mom suggested we paint the frame. I’ll share the frame with you next week but today I wanted to share with you the side table and a few tips about painting smaller pieces of furniture.


Side tables like this are great if you’re a vendor because they help add different layers of height to your booth space. I’m always on the lookout for them because they can be used in so many different places around the house. Plus, they’re not so big a person in a sedan can’t haul them home making it easier for customers. I found this one last year at an estate sale in my home town. It has really pretty lines and the style fits well with the other pieces in my booth.


I decided to paint the top in a custom mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Gray and Old White and


use Pure White on the bottom.


I distressed the edges just a bit and sealed with clear furniture paste wax.


This piece has been hanging out in our storage unit waiting to go to the booth for a while now. Since we’re in the process of cleaning the unit out, I figured it would be the perfect time to paint the end table and take it to the store. The natural stone top definitely gives the table a little extra pizzazz.


When you’re painting smaller pieces like this consider flipping the table over and painting the legs first. It makes it a bit easier to get into all the nooks and crannies creating a more finished look. I usually use this same technique when painting chairs too. Oh my word, I don’t know about you guys but they’re my least favorite thing to paint.


Using a 1inch or 1 ½ inch brush will also give you cleaner lines provided the consistency of your paint isn’t too thick or thin.


This end table is also painted in Country Grey with a few tablespoons of French Linen added for a custom mix, slightly distressed and sealed with clear furniture paste wax.


New hardware was in order after one of the original pieces was broken.


This is definitely another take on layered neutrals so I can’t wait to see what my customers think about these tables in my booth!


See you guys back here tomorrow. Now that we’ve gotten the accessories for the office in place I’ve been collecting ironstone for the dining room so I’ll share with you the latest pieces I’ve picked up.

Many blessings,


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  1. CoCo – You have been so busy! We are so glad that you got to take a bit of family time to celebrate the moms’ of your life. Your painted table looks beautiful in its’ custom finish. Cheers to a fab week!

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