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Refinished Accent Table

I found Little Yellow at the Salvation Army. If you don’t live in Alaska, you can easily find a piece like this for really cheap or free. If you do live in Alaska, it’s $15.99. The upside is that I’ll be able to sell it for more up here than I would somewhere else because furniture is harder to come by.

To give you an idea of the ridiculousness…




For the last year I’ve been using almost exclusively gray, brown, white or light blue, so I decided to branch out. I envisioned a really rich color for this side table/nightstand/accent table. If you are just starting out refinishing pieces to sell, you may want to start with neutrals. Using a bold color can mean waiting longer before it gets sold or having to sell it for a lower price. It can also end up being the exact piece someone is looking for if it’s really unique, so it’s up to  you. If you are going to take a gamble, it may be best to do it on a smaller piece.

*A note on sanding: With chalk paint you don’t need to sand (but the first coat does go on better if you do). I have a few pieces of furniture that are larger that I did NOT sand or prime at all and used chalk paint on. I’ve had them for years and they have held up well (but they have to have a protective coating on top). For a dining table or something that gets a ton of use, I would definitely sand and prime. For something like this little table, you don’t have to sand and prime.


  • Paint
  • Topcoat
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Brush
  • Roller
  • Hardware


Valspar Deep Twilight Blue (left) and Sherwin Williams Salty Dog sample (right)

These were the two colors I wanted to try. I painted some samples (I say painted, but I really just wiped them on with my finger so I wouldn’t have to clean a paint brush) onto the leg. I forgot to get a picture before I sanded the paint down, but this is just to give you an idea of how I compared the colors.

Top: Salty Dog        2nd: Deep Twilight 3rd: 50/50 mix      Last: 2 parts Twilight 1 part Salty

Salty Dog (who names these?) was too primary blue-ish. Deep twilight had too much gray (still really pretty, I just wanted a little more blue on this). The 50/50 mix ended up being just right.

If you don’t like any of the colors you have, try mixing your own. I always have craft paints that I use to alter the shades of the paint until I get a color that I like. If you’re doing this, MAKE SURE you mix enough to cover your piece. What you see below in the foil was enough to do 2 coats on the table (3 on the top).

Left: Too blue Right: Too gray                         Middle: 50/50 mix of the two

If you don’t want to sand and prime, mix your own chalk paint. Find the recipe here.


I forgot to do this before I painted the first coat, but you can do it the right way.

First, measure the width of the surface I wanted the handle on and marked the middle. If it’s a knob, just drill in the middle. If it’s a handle, dip the areas where the screws go into lightly in paint.

Using your pencil marked that shows you where the exact middle is, press the handle against the furniture.

You can see the 2 circles that were created by the paint. This shows you exactly where to drill. (The little vertical line is where I marked the middle).

Drill the holes.


Brush on paint and roll to remove brush marks.

I like using the “Doors and Cabinets” rollers.

When you’re brushing on the paint, make sure to get in all the crevices first, then move on to the bigger surfaces.

Flip it over and paint the top.


Follow the same process of brushing and rolling out, getting the crevices first. Make sure to look at each part you’re painting from many different angles so you can see if there are any parts you missed.


The easiest thing is to use a spray paint top coat. You can use wax, but it’s not as protective. You can also brush on poly, but it’s easy to mess up a project this way. This makes it so easy!



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  1. I noticed a lot of your accents like your vases are painted as well. How do you recommend I paint something like my flour and sugar canisters that are ceramic? They’re so glossy can I use regular spray paint and sand it down first or can I use chalk paint with no sanding? Thanks!

    1. First, make sure they’re completely clean. Start with Rust-oleum Primer spray paint. Here’s a link so you can see what it looks like:
      Make sure you do a couple light coats. If you start spraying heavily, you may see some drips. After it dries, you can sand a bit with fine grit sandpaper if the primer isn’t smooth, then follow up with a few coats of any color spray paint you want. Finish it up with Rust-oleum Protective Enamel Spray it comes in gloss, semi-gloss and flat.
      Here’s the link:
      All of my vases and accents are just spray painted without a primer or protective coat because they’re just decorative and no one ever touches them, so they didn’t need the extra protection. Since you’ll be using your flour and sugar often, you probably want to use a primer and protective coat. Good luck!

  2. Sara, I did not know you were in Alaska! What an adventurous place to live. I’ve got a High School buddy who lives up there part time and I adore his FB posts of planes landing on main street and Moose peeping in his back door! Love your color Mix on this project…… and WOW those prices are steep! Thanks for sharing your project at Friday’s Furniture Fix.

    1. Hi Brenda! First let me say that I have seen so many of your projects and love your work! Alaska is definitely a unique place to live. We see moose all the time in our neighborhood and they come to the kids’ school sometimes and they can’t go to recess because there’s a moose on the playground, haha. Definitely different from where I was raised in California. We absolutely love it here, though. Thanks for stopping by:)

  3. I love mixing my own colors too. My sister says it’s her dream job to name paint colors since she has vetoed colors for her house because she didn’t like the name! #HomeMattersParty

    1. They could totally use someone with better ideas for paint color names! The last color I painted my house was named “Elephant Skin.” So gross. I almost didn’t pick up a sample because of the name, but it ended up being the best-looking gray I found (once I lightened it by about 75%) so I went with it. I was so close to vetoing just bc of the name, haha, but I’d already gone through so many gray swatches that ended up looking purple or blue and this was the most perfect greige.

  4. Your accent table accent makeover turned out so cute! I love Little Blue better than Little Yellow. 🙂 We used to live in Alaska and I remember how crazy expensive even fake wood furniture was selling for at the store. It’s pretty crazy. I’m glad you can flip furniture and make money, that’s a great idea! #HomeMattersParty

  5. This turned out great! I love the blue color. I’ve got several paints I haven’t used-I’m going to try mixing them so they don’t go to total waste! #HomeMattersParty!

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