We all know someone with one of those White Clad end table thingys, right? No? Just me? Anyway, I guess White Clad used to make iceboxes and then it was all the rage to make reproductions to use as furniture. I see them in people’s houses a lot. My grandparents had like three in their garage. This one is from some time in the 80s (the 1980s that is), so I didn’t feel bad about giving it a new coat of paint to make it pretty.
Here’s a nice “before” and “after” for ya. Lovely orangey oak finish, shiny brass hardware, and coffee rings on the top. Yep… didn’t feel bad at all about painting it.
Seriously, the brassy finish was making my eyes hurt.
Much better! I used the leftover Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint from the buffet that I painted a few weeks ago. This little cabinet only took half a container.
To minimize brush strokes, I found it helpful to dip my paint brush in a little bit of water. I had to do more coats that way, but the result was a very smooth finish. And, of course, I distressed it a little on the edges and then waxed it.
I didn’t feel like painting the cheap “wood” that was on the inside, so, just like the buffet, I lined parts of it with pretty contact paper.
I just love that a little bit of paint can turn something unwanted into something beautiful!
Thursday 7th of May 2020
How did you freshen up the hardware?
Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts
Friday 29th of May 2020
Just painted it with chalk paint and waxed. It has held up well.
Saturday 19th of July 2014
did you have to sand it first too?
Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts
Sunday 20th of July 2014
Not with this kind of paint. There is no sanding required. If you have any old paint peeling off or scratches, I would probably sand that first though.
Megan @ Homemade Ginger
Tuesday 27th of May 2014
Love it! The paper on the inside is so pretty!
Monday 9th of June 2014
I'm so happy I came across this cute side table you redid. I have the same table, I picked it up for only $5 and did not know what to do with it. Thank for the inspiration. I'm going to go paint it now. Linda
Wednesday 21st of May 2014
I seriously need to get an end table and you've just inspired me even more. Love the makeover Jess!
Friday 23rd of May 2014
Thanks, Britni! It was so easy to do!
Monday 19th of May 2014
I love the paint make-over, and the super simple interior pick-me-up with the contact paper. I've got to admit though - I probably would have kept the brass. But then, I've got a thing for shinies. :D
Tuesday 20th of May 2014
Thanks, Kristy! Gold really is making a comeback. :)