This is a side table we got at Goodwill for $24.
This is a photo from Pinterest I used as my inspiration for the table.
First step in the re-do is to do a little sanding, not the whole thing, just wherever it has some rough edges that need to be smoothed out. Next, spray paint the table with filler primer. Matt primes everything before he paints, even when using chalk paint. He says the paint covers better and less coats are needed. He uses filler primer because he says it helps to hide imperfections.
When spray painting, hold the can approximately 6-8 inches from the object being painted. Hold can to the left of the piece, not pointing at the piece. Press the nozzle and start spraying while moving the can to the right across the piece one time (not back and forth). Spray all the way to the other side. Do not stop spraying until you have passed the piece completely. Repeat until done. Be patient.
After the primer dries, Matt painted the base of the cabinet with Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint. The top of the table is painted with Graphite. Matt used a small roller to paint the larger areas and a small brush to paint the parts of the table with the smaller details.
In the photo below you can see an area where the wood from the base of the table does not meet up exactly to the wooden leg. There are 2 ways to fix this:
1. Painters caulk. This method works before or after the piece is painted. Buy a tube of caulk. Cut an opening in the tip of the tube. The opening size will depend on the size of the crack, ie: small crack small opening, big crack big opening. Fill the crack with caulk. Run your finger along the caulk… This will push the caulk into the crack and it will also smooth it out. If the piece had already been painted it may need some touchups…no big deal.
2. Plastic wood. Use to fill in the crack. Wait until it is dry and sand it until smooth and even, then paint.