I have these beautiful, yet dated end tables from my late Great Grandmother. I love how sturdy everything is that was built before the 90s rush of particle board and cardboard furniture substitutes. At first, I didn’t know what to do with the large cabinet, so I started spraying it with primer. However, I realized I didn’t want to just paint these pieces because they are quite large and clunky.
I like to think of myself as an “impatient” crafter. I see a lot of craft blogs with sweet pictures where they give you tutorials that require you to take a long time to finish a project. When I do something, I want to see results! However, in this case, extra steps can really make a difference. I decided I wanted to stain the top of the piece, and paint the rest. This meant sanding off this finish on top, which was fine with me, even though I was gonna paint it dark again. In some old wood stains, it looks like they used black paint flecks as part of the finish, and I just don’t care for that look.
First things first, take of the hardware! I ended up spray painting it a darker color. In this case, it is definitely easier to take off the hardware than try to tape it off while painting the piece. For the end table, I chose a nice deep blue/turquoise color. I used a paint sample from Valspar at Lowe’s. They give just the right amount of paint and only cost about a dollar more than a small acrylic paint bottle.
I finished off the paint by rubbing some stain over it. I used a pecan satin stain for a weathered look. Just rub it in the direction of the grain. I painted the inside of the piece too, so it wasn’t so dark. The top I used a dark, red oak stain for the top.
Meanwhile, in hardware town:
The color was an oil rubbed bronze I believe. I finished off the piece by painting on a layer of polyurethane in a satin finish to the entire piece. I did two more coats of polyurethane to the top, just to make it shinier. Although this step is technically optional (I usual despise the extra time it takes for a clear coat to dry), I have to say I really like how it made the cupboard turn out!