A couple of years ago I was looking for a cute little play kitchen table in our playroom, and realized that I had just the thing...an old end table that we weren't using anymore was just sitting gathering dust, and needed to be put to good use. So, I sprayed it white, and called it good. Fast forward those couple of years, and this poor table had been through the wringer. It desperately needed a fresh coat of paint, and a little pep put back into it. I'm also finally starting to decorate the playroom, so this would be one of the first projects to get me up and running. I LOVE how it turned out!
The top of the table had a groove around the edges, creating a big square directly in the middle of it. Since I'm totally obsessed with polka dots, and think it's super fun for a playroom, I used that square to create something that would really add some charm and detail. The color theme for the whole room is red, white, and navy/denim, and since the chairs were already red, I went with red on top to tie it all in together.
Best of all? This little makeover only took one day, and the vast majority of that was drying time. I thought about using chalk paint, but honestly, I didn't want to spend a lot of time or effort or money on this piece. I can guarantee you I will have to re-do it again in another couple of years, due to six very active children that love to play...and play hard. ☺ I went with my old favorite stand-by--Rustoleum spray paint.
See how nicked and marked up it was? A quick sand across solves some of the unevenness. I used Rustoleum white--paint + primer on the entire table, and let it dry completely. I love using the paint and primer--it saves an extra step!
While the paint was drying, I used my Silhouette to cut out 1.5 inch circles. No need to bother with the transfer paper--I was just going to peel them off and stick them on. Once the paint was totally dry, I taped the edges off with Frog Tape (my favorite!), then added the polka dots--being sure to adhere them really well.
I sprayed the top red, and let it dry, then peeled off the tape and circles. I took my power sander to the top--I like more of a distressed look, and the paint was a little glossy for my taste. I like some of the white showing through!
It's perfect!! It was so easy, and a darling focal point for the play kitchen! I'm excited to finish a few more projects for this space...SO fun!