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Vintage style: a farmhouse table DIY

As part of my signature design style, I love curating different tables, furniture pieces, and decor accents for a one-of-a-kind look. All of my clients will tell you that I am not one to choose the matching furniture set (you know, the coffee table/console table/accent table three piece set) when it comes to styling and design, or even a couch with it's matching love seat. My style inspiration comes from finding pieces that compliment each other and coordinate with the room's overall design aesthetic, without being too "matchy matchy." Even if it takes additional time or research, it's worth it to me to provide my clients with their own unique looks and style.

To that point, when my now husband and I moved in together, we merged various pieces of furniture and decor from my old apartment, and ultimately were left with a mix of our highest quality, newest, or "seriously couldn't part with" items. Since our styles have definitely evolved since then (I've phased out some of my sparkle and glam accents in favor of more timeless, classic pieces, and my husband's sports memorabilia has been designated for the "man cave" section of our in progress basement remodel), we've slowly started to redecorate over the years.

Since I love a good paint project (I've refinished a table for a Habitat for Humanity auction and also turned an old vintage kitchen cupboard door into a farmhouse-inspired decor piece), I was inspired to transform the plain cherry wood side table in our living room, give it some love, and a fresh, modern look:

The "Before"

So, here's what I did:

With any wood furniture refinish, cleaning and sanding is the first step. Take sandpaper, throw on some gardening or work gloves, and sand, sand, sand! The more sawdust, the better. Once you've sanded off any existing paint and varnish, wipe clean with a cloth.

I tried three different paint colors before deciding on Sherwin Williams' Online, and painted the inside drawer Sherwin Wiliams' Sensuous Gray for some contrast. I also added shelf liner to the drawer for a hidden pop of pattern. To seal in the paint, I used Minwax Finishing Paste.

To give the piece a vintage trunk feel, I replaced the drawer knob with a black iron-inspired drawer pull from Lowe's and aged bronze brackets from Amazon:

For the styling finishing touches, I added a ticking stripe floor pillow from HomeGoods, a black crossbar wood lamp with woven linen shade (both from Target), a candle, a few of my favorite books, and a faux potted plant:

I love how it turned out, mostly because it's a completely original design...and that's what makes true style! Putting your own spin on timeless pieces and trends to make them your own.

Shop the look:

Sherwin Williams: Online paint

Sherwin Williams: Sensuous Gray paint

Lowe's: Matte black arch cabinet pull

Amazon: Aged bronze furniture brackets

Lowe's: Minwax Finishing Paste

Target: Box wood lamp base

Target: Cream linen overlay lamp shade

Annie Selke: Striped indoor/outdoor pillow

Target: Magnolia Table book

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