Chippy Painted Side Table

Is it too ambitious of me to hope there’s actually someone loyal enough they’re still around to read this post?

I’m now nicely settled back in at home with beautiful baby Charlotte and between putting milk in one end and cleaning it up out of the other (plus spending way too long just gazing in wonder) I have found time for some decorating, it’s just I haven’t until now found the time to blog about it!

You see, being a part-time perfectionist doesn’t easily lend itself to half-arsedness (if that is even a word) so, for me, putting together a decent blog post takes a fair bit of effort.

Anyhoo, the nursery is now nearly complete so hopefully I’ll share it soon enough though in the meantime here’s a little furniture re-do.

The day before I went into hospital I put the first coat of paint on this old round side table.

I was intending to finish it the very next day though needless to say that never happened so now, three months on, it’s finally complete!

Under different circumstances I would have retained the original walnut colour though this table was destined for my living room which already had enough ‘brown’ after the injection of our new leather sofas.

I’d also already re-finished this round coffee table….

….which I heavily distressed through sanding, so to avoid a ‘matchy-matchy’ look I decided on a more chippy finish for the side table.

Soooo, instead of sandpaper I used one of these….

That’s right, a surfboard wax comb! Call me crazy though it worked brilliantly. I simply rubbed it over the table in various places – using the straight sides, rounded end and the teeth – gradually chipping the paint off until I achieved my desired effect.

The flexibility in the comb teeth caused the paint to chip in a natural, random way. I found it worked best when rubbed in a slightly circular motion.

For best results ensure your paint isn’t adhered too well to begin with (that is, just sand your item very lightly before applying paint).

I finished my table with a sealing coat of tinted furniture wax and am really loving it in my living room.

I can’t believe she’s only been in the world for eight short weeks. I can’t imagine having never had her with us.

  1. It is so good to hear how you are going Kristine. You little girl is adorable and your makeover is fabulous as always. Enjoy your little miracle and spend as much time just gazing at her as you can, unfortunately they grow way too quickly. xx

  2. Sarah B says:

    What a beautiful photo of Charlotte! The table’s nor bad either! No really, you have done a fab job of it and I adore how it’s styled with that funky fan.
    So great to have you back Kristine!! X

  3. still here and glad you are, too! charlotte is beautiful! i love that name, too. :) the table looks so awesome! i have done similar techniques using a scraper- but i need to try that out. plus i like that it is called a sticky johnson which is just plain funny.

  4. Beth Cregan says:

    Love the table and love little Charlotte even more!

  5. Designs by M says:

    So good to see you back! Enjoy these gorgeous days with your beautiful babe…… Mc

  6. First off Charlotte is so beautiful. And I know what you mean about not being able to imagine life without her. Kids are pretty awesome that way :)
    Second, love the table and I think it’s great that you are already tackling projects and blogging! I think when my oldest was 8 weeks I was proud of myself if i actually got a shower in :) I don’t have a sticky johnson, he he, but i have used a pampered chef stone scraper before but it doesn’t have the cool teeth like yours.

  7. OK, the table looks great… but I CANNOT get over that adorable little baby who smiles when she sleeps!!!

    So precious. :)

  8. I’m a new follower here… and I love your home. Such an inspiring, beautiful space!
    Congratulations on the birth of beautiful Charlotte – it’s good you gave yourself the time you need to work things out with her. I’m sure everything else can wait.

  9. Baby Charlotte is gorgeous! She’s your best work ever.

  10. Angela says:

    The tables are pretty…but Charlotte, oh my!! How can you take your eyes off her!

  11. Cute table and Congratulations! I’m due any day now with my #2, so happy for you and your family. And I totally understand the not blogging thing :)

  12. m e g a n says:

    she is adorable! So glad to hear you guys are home safe now! Can’t wait to see the nursery!…. the table looks great too!


  13. Pattie says:

    I’m still here… Look at the pretty baby I’m so happy for you, OH and I love the table great job…..

  14. Funnily enough, I came by to check on you (that sounbds stalky!!) a few days ago but went away realising you still probably have your hands VERY full!!

    I’m so glad you’re okay…and the table looks lovely!


  15. I’m so happy to see your post today. The table turned out great. And little miss is beautiful. Life does change once the kids come along, but aren’t those changes better than you imagined. Best wishes and I’ll be reading whenever you are posting!

  16. Eve says:

    Welcome back Kristine !

    I am a new reader and I am here and read every single word. I used the time of your absence to read all of your older posts and have to give my compliments to your creativity.

    The idea with the surfboard thing is great and I love your new old table and the leathercouch but I do like the picture of your little baby the most. Charlotte is really adorable !

    Best wishes from Germany

  17. Deborah says:

    Its so good to see a post from you! I have to admit I had to look twice, when I saw it was from you!
    Your baby is adorable…oh my, you must be enjoying her so much!
    I think your distressed side table is lovely!!
    Beautiful job!!!
    Love the fan and lemons too!

    Deborah xo

  18. She is so beautiful!! (Both the babe and the table!) I had my little man just 2 weeks ago! Congratulations!

  19. Norma says:

    What a little sweetie, how could you not spend time just staring in wonder :)

    Love the table and thanks for the tip off re the wax comb – I’m definately going to try that one of these days.

  20. Charlotte is BEAUTIFUL! As is your table!

  21. Deanne says:

    Beautiful baby, beautiful table!

  22. Kerry says:

    Never fear, we’ve been here, waiting patiently :) So good to see you back but lovely to know that your priorities are exactly where they should be…and what a beautiful priority she is.

  23. Found you through Primitive & Proper and I am impressed in so many different ways! What a precious baby!!!! Treasure this time….it goes so quickly! What paint did you use for your table? Love the white! Love, Me

  24. andrea says:

    I really like your table post on the linky party! It looks pretty with your decorative styling. The fan made the whole pic for me (and your baby Charlotte is preciously perfect. Your new follower, Andrea @ townandprairie

  25. Tammi says:

    Kristine, Charlotte is absolutely adorable!!
    I love the table, the chippiness is just perfect and those books..oh my!! LOVE.


  26. Jan says:

    Charlotte has the sweetest little face!

    P.S. I love the table too!

  27. So glad to hear that you’re enjoying being a mommy with that utterly adorable little girl, Kristine! So precious! ♥ What a wonderful new way to distress! Very interesting and intriguing! :) Looks fantastic!

    xoxo laurie

  28. Both of your distressed tables look great! And I love your vignette on the tall round table, simple but lovely. Your baby girl is SO sweet. Congratulations! :)

  29. Meg says:

    bloggers are a loyal bunch. good posts always get read. those tables are lovely, can’t wait to try the comb trick.
    your daughter is gorgeous.

  30. Christina says:

    What a beautiful little girl you have!

    The table looks great too :)

  31. Jenny says:

    The table is fantastic – of course! But look at your gorgeous little girl – wow! Too cute! ;-)

  32. Aw, she IS precious!! Congrats! I’m a self proclaimed profectionist too. My motto is, do it right or don’t do it at all!
    I’m trying to work on chilling out ;)

    Thanks for the tip with sanding!! I love new ideas!


  33. Fiona says:

    hi Kristine, of course we’re all still here. love you blog. Your little girl is divine. So glad you are enjoying her.
    love the table – she must be a good baby if you are still having time for stuff like that.
    cheers Fiona

  34. What a sweetie she is! I love both of your tables~so pretty!

  35. Veronica says:

    Delighted that you are back in blog land! Congratulations, your baby looks adorable.

  36. Cherri Engle says:

    Yes you still have those of us ‘loyal’ readers that have anxiously (and prayerfully) awaited your return. Great table, love how it turned out. I am getting ready to take on my ‘first-ever’ table re-do and you have made it look and sound so easy. Hopefully I will have a good experience with mine.

    Charlotte is absolutely beautiful. Congrats to your entire family. Blessings,

  37. Welcome back! She’s beautiful!

  38. Cynthia says:

    I completely understand the part-time perfectionist mindset. Glad to have you back and wonderful job on the table.

    Your girl is beautiful. :)

  39. Olive Cooper says:

    That wonderment will never subside. My girl turns twenty this week and I feel it when she calls me on the phone. Your sweet one is darling. The table turned out beautifully too. Of course we remember you-silly. ♥Olive

  40. Shopping Jen says:

    Of course we’re still here! Been checking every day and so happy to hear from you! She is absolutely adorable. And to echo what’s been said already, enjoy every second, staring at every little detail on that perfect baby, because you’ll blink and she’ll be grown.
    On a design note, love the tables. And thanks for the reminder to look at unconventional tools!

  41. I came over via Shabby Creek and thought – love that table, love that it was done with a surf wax comb, actually I really like the photography …. look back through older posts and have a look at the house photos… read About Me – OMG she’s an Aussie. How have I missed you? Probably because you’ve been busy lately. Anyway after all that, lovely to find you.

  42. monique says:

    Congratulations….she is just precious! Glad she arrived safely, I am a nurse, worked with moms & newborns, and know how tricky a previa can be. Am new to your site…love the table, and pictures of your beautiful hive. Look forward to following your blog!

  43. Welcome back Kristine. I found your site just before your break, and lurved your style. I even did my own version of your nursery light. Plus your a fellow melbournite :-)

    But you best work so far is little Charlotte. She is absolutely adorable.

    Keep up the great work.

  44. wow that table is amazing, and the metal fan is crazy cute….loves

  45. Lovely table. I really like how the chipped effect looks. Glad I found your site!

  46. Congrats on the new baby, Charlotte is a lovely baby, love the pic and great job with the table. Thanks for adding your link to BC Good Life Wednesdays.

  47. Jennifer says:

    Love this table – the vignette is perfect!! Congrats on the new baby! I featured you today in my Friday I’m In Love favorites AND I am your newest follower!!

    – Jenn @ Social Salutations

  48. WhyCuzICan says:

    You have vision to use a surf board tool! You rock!!! Amazing work with the table

    And your new daughter; you really DO do amazing work :) She’s adorable.

    God Bless you and keep you all +

    Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed’s Linky Party today, 8/19/11
    ~Suzanne at WHYCUZICAN
    NW IL

  49. The table is nice but the baby is really the most beautiful thing you have created to date. Congratulations!

  50. interesting technique… the table is great… and that little baby… too sweet with that little smile.

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