I haven’t been thrilled with our living room since we moved into our new cottage….. The dark, big, leather furniture just seems to make the space so dark….It also feels very masculine. I have a super hunky hubby and 2 hunky teenage boys, not to mention my 2 little girls who climb over everything like monkeys. Leather is practical right now, and I’ve never wanted my boys to feel like they were living in a dollhouse. Having said that, I don’t want to feel like I live in a men’s cigar smoking room in a club sort of house. We have to have a middle ground. To lighten up the space I’m going to lighten up some of the other finishes in here and add new lighter pillows. This will make it feel a little less mannish and a little more girly…. I started with this side table. We bought this at Hobby Lobby a few years ago to hold the tv in our old bedroom….We had this strange place behind the door, and this table was perfect. I’m always moving things around from one room to the another, so this table ended up in the living room. The height and size is perfect for the sofa… My problem?? It just blended right in with the sofa….Looked like one dark mess….. a hot dark mess.
I started by lugging this table out to
my evil laboratory my garage. I wiped it down then primed it with a light coat of spray paint. I was too lazy busy to sand. After that coat I rolled on a coat of Behr’s antique white. I was already loving it.
I rubbed a little Ralph Lauren faux glaze over to give it a more antiqued look. This entire project took less than an hour and was free, because I already had all the products from other projects. Look what a difference that hour made!
I love the way the glaze added that extra bit of interest. I rubbed a little extra on in the crevices to make it look more authentically aged. I just wiped it on and rubbed it off with an old rag. When all that was dry I wiped on a layer of poly and let it dry overnight.
I am so happy with the way this turned out. It lightens up the entire space and makes all my accents pop.
All it took was about an hour of work to go from drab and dark…
To airy and light with a total cost of $0. Gotta love it!