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To recap, I started out with this side table I picked up at a garage sale for $5. It's solid wood and very heavy. It was it perfect condition, just needed a make over into something more French/shabby chic. :)
Now it looks like this ...
After giving it a sand I gave it an undercoat of paint. Then 2 top coats of white gloss paint.
Then I got out my NEW SANDER and sanded it to give it an aged and distressed appearance. Using a sander was so much faster and I think it actually gave it a better appearance than hand sanding.
Next I decided to add some drawers for storage. I had recently purchased some fabric drawer dividers from Kmart for approx $6. Two of them side by side were the perfect fit. I decided to cover them in gorgeous canvas drop cloth (left over from another project). Not the neatest drawer covering, but no one will see inside anyway. ;)
I then decided on some inspirational words which I printed up on my computer to fit the fronts of the drawers. After printing out the words and cutting them out with my blade knife, I taped the stencils to the fronts of the drawers and filled in the letters with black fabric paint. I love the effect it created!
I left the top shelf empty and have added a basket to store our remotes. I love the contrast of the cane.
So my finished side table is now in it's new home next to the TV unit in our lounge room.
I've added a mirror, my stencilled shabby lamp, and a few other trinkets on top for interest, including a cute little silver tea light holder lantern which was on the mark down shelf at the hardware for $2. Bargain!
I love my new side table. It looks great and has lots of storage.
Total cost of project - $11 (plus paint and drop cloth which I already had). Not too shabby. :)