I finally completed one of the DIY farmhouse-shabby chic bedside tables for our bedroom update. I think it turned out rather nice; if I say so myself. 😀
Using a Pinterest image and a table that I had seen at a boutique as inspiration; I adapted the two ideas to an Ana White farmhouse table plan.
Saw Man and I recycled wood and a few purchased pieces of pine to build this farmhouse shabby chic bedside table. First we built the table. Lot of unfinished rough wood.
I sanded, then used a rag to wipe on Minwax Early American stain. I gave it 24 hours to dry. After the stain, I applied one coat of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint (a mixture of Linen, French Enamel and Luckett’s Green) and let it dry 24-hours.
Next, I painted the table with two coats of white chalk paint I made using Valspar Ultra White latex paint sample; letting it dry between coats. You can find the chalk paint recipe here if you’re so inclined. After each coat of paint dried, I distressed the table using a flat paint scraper, sand paper and a damp course scrub sponge. I wanted it to look like layers of years of paint.
The final step was to brush on a thin layer of Minwax furniture wax, then buff it off after 24-hours and add the hardware.
I learned a lot working with this first table. It wasn’t hard to build this bedside table, the worst part (because I’m impatient) was the drying times. But, no worries, it is worth it.
With my new skills I’m ready to tackle another table for the other side of the bed. 😀
Cost: pine & screws $32.89; paint sample $2.98; 2 glass knobs $6.74; 2 metal handles $1.98 (all other supplies I had on hand) Total: $44.59
Time: 6.5 hours (2.5 hours to build, 4 hours to stain, paint, wax – not counting drying times)
Difficulty: Easy-Intermediate (I needed help with the power saws)
Have a good week! – – Joanne