Plasticene Horror to Cute Accent Piece

31 May

About a year ago, I bought an old end table for $12. It was in decent shape, but it wasn’t solid wood. I liked the detail on the front and thought it would be a fun experiment.

It sat in my basement since the day I brought it home.

While at our WV Place recently, we realized we needed a table about that size for the living room. So I figured I’d give it a quick makeover.

QUICK is the key word here.

Including dusting, painting, and waxing, I don’t think I spent more than an hour on this piece. It required very little paint (single coats of each color dry-brushed on) and only one quick coat of clear wax.

I love the end result.


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When I showed Hubby the table in its “before” state, he looked a bit skeptical and asked, with all the bias of a woodworker, what kind of wood it was. I told him parts were plasticene, and the rest was something else. I didn’t care. I didn’t want to burn it, just have something cute to look at for a bit.

Even he was shocked at the end result.

This Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® consistently amazes me.

No sanding was required. I removed the old handles (didn’t even need a screwdriver) and then added a very thin coat of Graphite on the top and Old White on the base. I covered the painted areas with a quick coat of clear wax. Finally, I added new knobs I’d purchased on clearance for $1.36 each.

Not a bad table for under $15 (not including the teeny bit of paint and wax I used) and an hour of my time. Do you agree?

end table

11 Replies to “Plasticene Horror to Cute Accent Piece

  1. I love it! I wish I had more time to play around with the pieces I have. One day – maybe the month of July with no kids sports?? 🙂

  2. Thanks, Amy. Maybe you should set aside one evening a week when TJ or the nanny can take the kids out for a few hours? I know it’s hard to find time when you are really busy. Look at me, not little ones at home AND a dedicated spot to work in and I still struggle to find time.

    • Trob, it try does amaze me how “junk” can be so easily transformed with this paint. It sticks to almost anything and is so easy to work with. It’s quite addictive, really. I have a couple of big projects in the queue now. They’ll both take a bit longer, but I’m excited to see the finished pieces.

  3. Nice use of graphite, Kathy. That’s a tough one with which to get an even coat once the wax goes on. I think letting the “wood” show through lets any unevenness look natural. I like the antique look of the white, too.

  4. Thanks, Andrew. I’ve decided I won’t use graphite any other way. It actually looks better like that than trying, and usually failing in my case, to get good dark coverage.

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