How to transform thrift store lampshade with beautiful Chevron pattern & distress a side table with paint. Easy vintage farmhouse furniture makeover!
Sometime we find furniture in thrift stores – they are not bad, they are practical, and they look really really boring.
Such is the case with this little thrift store side table and lamp. So what should we do? Take some risks and give them a makeover!
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This project is a 2-in-1! See how to give an old table a chippy paint look, and how to paint a Chevron lampshade!
Step 1: transform the table
If you love the weathered look, we have a detailed tutorial here exploring different techniques on how to create distressed finish on wood and furniture!
Starting with the table, first give it a good sanding with 80 grit sand paper to rough up the surface, but let some of the paint color remain.
I like this shade of brown and thought it would look nice having some showing through later.
Then paint the table legs (I decided to leave the table top this brown color) with a base coat of white acrylic gesso.
Let some of the wood and brown paints show through. Acrylic gesso is a good primer, because it’s a lot like chalk paint, matte, and stays on wood surface really well.
Other paint primers can work here to, we have a detailed comparison of water-based, oil-based and shellac- based primers here.
After the first coat dries, add a coat of aqua blue. Let dry, then sand with 180 grit sand paper to expose some of the white and brown paint as well as the wood underneath for a charming distressed look.
Remember the furniture wax recipe I shared in the Pallet Wood Crates post? After cleaning the surface, apply this delicious wax over the entire piece. I just love this furniture wax, it’s also a great hand lotion and smells like honey, so don’t wear gloves for this step!
Now let’s move on to part 2 – the lamp shade!
I love chevron patterns, and the color yellow with blue, so yellow chevron became the obvious choice!
First paint the shade with a base coat of warm white by mixing white with a tiny bit of yellow.
After this coat completely dries, use masking tape, and mark some evenly spaced points on the bottom circular edge of the lamp shade. This is a very important step to ensure the geometry of our pattern.
Create the first row of the pattern, then go up one row at a time until the shade is completed. Then paint the pattern onto the shade.
When the paint dries, carefully peel off the tape. Now we have a totally different looking lamp!
We love our “new” table and lamp. A splash of color and some patterns make such a difference, right?
Happy creating and see you soon!