Total Telephone Table Transformation

Try saying that really fast!

Not long ago, I got a call from the local thrift store (AKA my “dealer”) about a vintage telephone table he received. I hightailed it over there and turned out he had two of them. As much as I want all the thrift things, I picked the more stable of the two to redo. I had seen several telephone tables flipped on my fave TV show, so I was a bit familiar with the process.

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Forgive the mess, but it’s my garage and the only place for me to work. The table had a piece of wood veneer that curved around both table tops to conceal any telephone books placed on the lower section.

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But I hated it and took it off. I used some wood filler, then sanded, and sanded, and sanded some more, cleaned it up, and primed it.

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Fun With Chalk Paint

Some of y’all who read Sithy Things know I have been on a crafting/upcycling binge. I should be posting my projects, but most are for Christmas gifts so I can’t. I hope to post my Christmas ornament soon, though. It’s easy to make and so pretty!

Anyway, I decided to explore the wonderful world of chalk paint. I have used it on small projects like frames and even vases, but I really wanted to try it on furniture. Unfortunately, all of the furniture I have collected is in really good condition, so I was loathe to cover any of it with paint. But finally I got lucky, and found a cheap little table on which to work chalk paint magic.

And it was so easy!!!!!

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That’s the table before the transformation. It is particle board and veneer, and also has a decorative drawer pull in 80’s brass. It wasn’t bad but the veneer was beginning to chip.And here is the after:

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Isn’t she a beauty???

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Paris Grey for the legs and Graphite for the top. I painted three coats of each and let it cure for a day. I then followed with an application of clear wax, buffed and let dry for a day, before doing an application of dark wax to enhance the graphite and age the grey. Then I used Rust-Oleum™ spray paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze on the drawer pull. And all I did was follow the directions on the paint cans.

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A better photo of the top. It looks a slate blue in the photo, but it’s a beautiful dark grey as it is. The dark wax brings the color to a very soft black.

Chalk paint is very forgiving and best of all, you don’t need to do a lot of prep to use it. No sanding or priming is necessary. All you need to do is clean the item you wish to paint well, and go from there. I splurged on the paint, but there are lots of recipes for homemade chalk paint on Pinterest that are far more thrifty and enable you to use any leftover interior paint you may have laying around.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂