I found this awesome Hexagon Side Table on CraigsList. I like to peruse CL just for fun. I put in things like “solid wood” and “>$50” and hit search. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. This time I won!
A few months ago, my favorite Bonus Dad gave us his old sofa and love seat. The fabric is in great condition, but the seats have gone a little soft for him. They are perfect for us!
Previously we only had a sofa in the living room, so adding a love seat was a bit of a change and I found we really needed a side table between the two pieces. Enter CraigsList.
I found this great hexagon side table for a song and knew I could make it work for the room. I love the detailing on the doors and the height is perfect for the new furniture. It just needed a little TLC and a little magic 🙂
Remove the Sides
Two sides on this table are the fabulous doors, but the other four sides were nasty plywood laminate. That will not do at all so off they come!
Paint the body with a very light blue paint
I used some leftover paint from our bedroom to cover the whole thing. It is really a white with a hint of blue. Leaving the four sides open, because honestly, I didn’t know quite what to do with them.
The truth is, I didn’t really like this lighter blue. So I decided to try a darker blue on the inside and covered the lighter blue with a glossy white on the outside. Trial and error is definitely how I roll. I cannot tell you how many times I say, “It’s just paint.”
And that is the beauty of paint. You can try and it and if you love it, then great. If you don’t, try another color. It is not as costly as other tools and supplies one uses in home decor plus there is the whole ‘instant gratification’ thing with paint. Can I get an Amen?
I love the way the glossy paint kept the brush strokes and didn’t cover completely. This gives the table a really fun distressed look.
Fancify the doors
I liked the darker blue so much I thought I would give it a try on the doors of the hexagon side table. This blue ended up being a bit stark on the doors, so I ended up dry brushing some white over it and it turned out great!
If you have never dry brushed before, it is super simple. You just take a dry brush (duh) and get a VERY SMALL AMOUNT of paint on it. Even if you don’t think you have much on it, you pat and stroke the brush on scrap paper or whatever until it seems like the paint is DRY on your BRUSH. ( You see where I’m going with this?)
Then very gently brush the paint over the surface of your project leaving small amounts of paint in your wake.
And, Voila! Dry brushing is great on things that have a lot of detailing because it is easy to leave the paint on the high points and not so much on the low points. Kind of the opposite of wax or antiquing.
What I like about it, in this case, is that the doors pop from the table and yet they have a more muted finish than the inside of the hexagon side table.
Begin the Table Top
The original top of the table was a large hexagon shaped piece of black slate tile. The texture you see is actually three dimensional, which I love. This gives the table top some interest, don’t you think?
There are so many options one could go with to update this table top. I considered replacing it with a piece of granite, some reclaimed wood, some black walnut, the possibilities are endless.
In the end, I found a really special piece of fabric that I fell in love with and decided to try my hand at some decoupage. Could that be any easier?
When I think of Mod Podge, it takes me back to the 1970’s when we made plaques with cut out pictures on them as crafty gifts for our parents, but that is not today’s version!
I have used this before to attach fabric to wood with great success and thought why can’t it work on tile? Because the tile is uneven, fabric works much better than paper because it molded to fit the hills and valleys of the tile. I probably did about five coats of the high gloss Mod Podge because I wanted to be sure to be able to wipe up any spills that might occur. It is a table top after all. 🙂
Don’t you just adore the fabric?
Always an issue for me, I feel that the design is in the details and the hardware is the detail! Wanting to stay true to the piece I thought I would just shine up the original hardware. I don’t know why I thought that, because honestly the original hardware, although unique, was not what I wanted.
They were just too big and bulky for the new design of the hexagon side table. Plus, I don’t have any other brass in the living room. Off to Hobby Lobby – the land of knobs.
I knew I wanted white and I found these awesome butterflies. You may not have noticed, but there are butterflies on the new table top fabric! It just couldn’t be better. 🙂
In the end, I have decided to leave the sides open. It is a great spot for a basket for little things I need to keep handy and yet I can get to it easily. In the future, I may add sides, but I don’t know. What do you think? What would you cover them with? Or would you leave them open too?
Thanks so much for stopping by! I love to hear your thoughts about my projects, ideas or whatever is on your mind. 🙂