Furniture makeover… in just 3 easy steps!

Us Arizonan’s have been SO spoiled with our gorgeous 70-80 degree temps, aka: prime painting weather, and I was too happy to get started revamping a couch table I snagged on Craigslist for $70… AND completed in just 3 easy steps! Here’s a peek at the drab before (this now-sofa table had me at those legs! Pretty cute!)

Furniture before via

For only $15 more on paint/supplies, I spent under $100 and am totally diggin’ the after of this piece!

Furniture redo after via

I lovely love love the vaseline distressing tip I saw on one of my fave sites and used it on my kitchen barstools redo last year. Worked like a charm! I couldn’t wait to try it again with 3 colors instead of 2 and am pretty happy with the results. To get started you will first need to sand your furniture. (If you follow along on instagram then you saw my hot date one weekend with my Ridgid sander. Haha!) Anyway, just wipe it down and you’re ready to paint. I chose Glidden’s Midwinter Sky in a pale blue hue, a timeless color that pairs well with Cotton White (also Glidden) and the natural dark table that I allowed to peek through.

Distress furniture with

 You can transform a piece of furniture in just 3 EASY STEPS:

1. Sand 2. Paint. 3. Distress

Lets take a closer look at the steps: 1. Sand. I used a 100 grit sandpaper but you may need to go heavier if the varnish you’re removing is thick. 2. Choose 2 colors of paint: 1 to peek through your top coat and of course, the top coat. Paint the under color first, brushing on in areas you want to show through your top coat. You can see the full tutorial on Shanty2Chic for the vaseline trick but I also wiped some vaseline on the original color of the table to peek through around the blue as well.  3.Distress the heck out of this piece without a messy sander; a good 80-100 grit piece of sandpaper by hand works wonder as the area where the vaseline practically wipes itself away.

Furniture redo table leg after from

That’s it!  Can you believe the longest part of this redo was the sanding? I simply cannot go back to non-primer paint again, (I am spoiled!) and not having to do multiple coats saves a ton of time, which is a must for this busy momma. This was a fairly quick redo with a dramatic result!

Furniture redo

And one more “before/after” shot:

Table Makeover in just 3 easy steps! Simple tutorial via

We’ve said it a million times but it never ceases to amaze us what a little paint can do to spruce up a piece! :)


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  1. 1

    Would love for you to link this up to Friday Favorites at I want a fab find like this when I am on craigs list!! love transformation! laura

    • 2

      Thanks Laura! Craigslist is giant treasure chest, isn’t it?! ;)

  2. 3


    Love it!! It’s so pretty. It’s amazing what you can do with a little paint. Now, I’m always looking at how I can update something instead of donating it and buying something new.

    • 4

      Agree! It’s kind of a fun challenge to see how you can transform an old piece. Have fun Crystal! :) xo

  3. 5

    What a fantastic score, this turned out beautifully

  4. 6

    I agree, paint is da bomb. Best resource. The table is adorable- I love the pale blue.

  5. 7

    Well ladies, you’ve done it again. This little table looks so great! I love the color you chose as well. Thanks for breaking down the steps again for us less talented “distress-ers”.

  6. 8

    you have me drooling over this table! I’m in absolute LOVE!!! ♥♥ happy day to you my girls!

    ♥ northern cottage {}

    p.s. HaPPiLY pinned this baby!!

  7. 9

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    Great steps. Thanks for sharing this all steps. Keep writing.