Pink has always been my favorite color–I remember wanting a pink car when I was a teenager. And while my decorating taste is usually much more traditional and neutral, when I found this small table at my favorite local thrift store, I decided that a shot of color would be just the thing.
Here’s how this girl looked when I saw her in the shop:
I call her “she” because I think her shape is decidedly feminine–and I can’t imagine this piece in a man cave!
The only flaw I found was a crack on the table top, and the left side lid needed a hinge replaced.
I did a little research and learned that this is an old sewing box, designed to hold sewing supplies. I also found a needle in one of the drawers. Here’s the stamp in the top drawer:
I decided against stripping her and staining her because I have been wanting a bright pink piece…and this table is just the right size for my office.
I pulled out my wood filler to take care of the crack:
I moved everything outside in preparation for painting.
I gave the entire piece a light sanding and then wiped it off with a cloth.
Two coats of Rust-Oleum’s 2X paint in Berry Pink gloss did the trick. I was so pleased with the color–it’s a perfect bright pink!
If you haven’t used their 2X spray paint, it’s my absolute favorite and I won’t use anything else.
I decided to give the drawer knobs a coat of gold metallic spray paint. Check out how I used floral oasis to keep the knobs positioned for painting (styrofoam works, too):
I like to use a layer of clear coat on the gold as the last step to prevent smudges from fingerprints and other use.
Here’s how the piece looks in my office now:
The gold mirror is another thrift store find (same store); it was only $10 and I love its shape.
The gorgeous blue and white lamp is from HomeGoods, and I wish I had bought two! I added the gold Greek key ribbon to the shade.
The blue and white soup tureen was another thrift store purchase, and because it didn’t come with a lid, I figured it would make a nice flower pot. I had tulips and hyacinth bulbs in it for awhile, but they don’t last for very long so I switched to a fern.
The wire basket that holds my wrapping papers is from HomeGoods, and the rug is from that same thrift shop. It was $30 and in perfect condition (it’s at least 8 x 10) so I was pretty pleased with that.
I’ll have to show you the rest of the office soon. It’s really fun and cheerful with all the pinks and greens. I love working in it!
What do you think? I don’t normally choose bold colors for furniture, but I have to say that I love the pink–of course1
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Here are a few quick links to the supplies I used for this project:
shirley@Housepitality Designs says
I LOVE it Christy!!….Love the table/cabinet and love the color!…and great idea to paint the hardware too…..the table is styled so beautifully…and yes, love that lamp with the added trim.
Beautiful transformation…Happy fall Christy!
I bought a table like this a few years ago and turned it into a nightstand for my little boy’s room. I painted mine with black chalk paint, left the top the pretty mahogany color, and added metallic gold accents and a fleurdelis. I LOVE how pretty yours is in pink! Oh, and thanks for sharing the sticker on the back!
That sounds so pretty, Katherine! Don’t you just love giving an old piece new life?
I just discovered your blog. I wanted to find a tutorial on redoing a camel back love seat. I have a gorgeous old one that I had upholstered in white linen when I was in my early 20’s. I am almost 50 now and it held up pretty well with two kids. I don’t know what my mom thought when I did that after college? I will try my hand at it after your great tutorial.
And, the cabinet is called a priscella. My mom has her grandmother’s. she is a seamstress, but stored photos to stationery in it. Yours is cute.
Welcome to 11 Magnolia Lane, Kelly! We’re so glad you found us. I hope your reupholstery project turns out well; please keep me posted. And thanks so much for the information on the priscella. I had no idea that’s what it’s called. You learn something new every day, right?