Thrifty Treasures: My Thriftstore Side Table

Hi, friends!

This week, I’ve got a thrifty treasure to share with all of you too.  You might remember an Ethan Allen table I picked up at the last I Love Thrifting day back in July?  I found this piece at a local thriftstore for $45 and knew that I could use it in my new den.  With a makeover, of course.  I had plans to paint the table and decided that I wanted to leave the top in its current dark stain and paint the bottom part a pretty turquoisey blue, Provence by Annie Sloan chalk paint.  In fact, I had gotten a sample pot of this paint at the Haven Conference and was dying to try it out


She’s a pretty thing, but definitely needed a sprucing up to make her work for my new house.


I was thrilled when I opened the drawer and saw this distinctive stamp.  I used to work for Ethan Allen back in 2003.  It was a fun place, but retail wasn’t for me.

using Frogtape

I taped up the drawers with my Frogtape.  It’s got Paintblock, which blocks paint from getting underneath, so you can get those nice crisp lines.


Frogtape comes in handy for all sorts of projects and I’ll be showing you more of those along the way too.


I taped the underside of the top, since I didn’t want paint on that part.  This works great for masking off furniture or anything that you don’t want painted.  I’ve used it a lot in my bathrooms around the vanities, tub and baseboards.

Annie Sloan Provence chalk paint

My sample pot of Provence.  Isn’t it gorgeous?


After one coat.  I really liked how the paint left part of the brown wood showing through and after 2 coats, it was perfect.


One coat on the drawers.  It even has small holes which gives it a real vintage feel.


Here’s a tip for you!  Did you know when you are painting with latex paint and don’t feel like washing out your brushes, that you can wrap it in plastic and put it in the fridge?  I do it all the time when I know I’ll be back the next day.  Washing brushes is not my fave thing to do, so anything that will keep me from having to do it twice is great with  me.  I think just wrapping them in plastic does it, but to be safe I put mine in the fridge.  Nice timesaver!


After painting 2 coats

Painted Table Annie Sloan Provence

Two coats of paint later, I added some wax, clear and a little dark and it was done.  I didn’t cover the table in all the crevices, but let some of the brown show through and I love how it turned out.  It shows off the detail on all those little turns and I barely had to add any dark wax to it at all.


After both coats were completely dry, I got out my Annie Sloan clear wax and brushed it all over the sides and drawers, being sure to rub it into the surface of the paint.


Brush and then go back with a rag and rub it all in.  It doesn’t take a whole lot to cover.


Rub it all in well with a rag.


I added a little bit of the Dark wax on top of the clear and immediately rubbed it back off, leaving only a bit of antiquing behind.  I already had a good amount of distressing from not painting every crevice of this table and it was looking just the way I wanted it too.


The next day, after the wax was dry, I went back and buffed it softly with a t-shirt rag and that gives it a nice luster, just buffing the wax.


My taped lines came out great.


And now I have a table I can really be proud of, for only $45.  It will sit proudly in my new den!


I have the hardest time trying to get the color just right on my camera sometimes, but the above pics are mostly true.


Here, you can see how leaving some of the crevices unpainted, I got just the vintage look I was after.

Isn’t it cute??  I love it now in its new blue hue.

{Note:  I’m part of the Frogtape Blogsquad for the next few months and I’ll be sharing projects that I do with Frogtape. I’ve been compensated for my time to use Frogtape, but have not been told what to post or how to use my tape.}

And I didn’t forget about you either!  Here are a few highlights from last week’s party.  Just want to remind you, that Thrifty Treasures party will be coming to a close again at the end of September.  I don’t keep this party going all year long, since I need a break and the Holidays will be just around the corner, so we’ll all have plenty more things to talk about. 

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A Goodwill score white platter by Cherished Treasures will really come in handy for the holidays.

FabRehab Creations

Fab Rehab Creations painted this bamboo table in glossy white and gave it a new lease on life.  Don’t you just love the power of paint??

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How cute is this John Deere mailbox?  Adorable!  Top This, Top That rehabbed this cute John Deere tractor into a one of a kind mailbox.

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This yardsale ceramic artichoke from Revisionary Life will be a fun piece to decorate with.

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Town and Country Living made this beautiful Fall tablescape, using flea market gourds and a really organic slice of wood she found at a yardsale.  I love this!

Don’t forget this week starts the Fall link parties with all my buddies, Layla, Kate, and SarahI’ll be back around on Thursday to share some of my fun Fall outdoor ideas (and pssst, there’s a great giveaway that day too, so you don’t want to miss that!).

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So, here’s your chance to share your finds for the week!  I’m foregoing all the rules I normally post, but I think most of you know them by now.

Please only post thrifty 2nd hand treasures!


- Rhoda


  1. What a great find Rhoda! I love the color … so pretty. I have nothing to link up this week, but just thought I’d stop by and say “hi”. have a wonderful week.

  2. Your wonderful little side table turned out one of a kind gorgeous! just linked up my Sideboard post with an old lithograph, thanks for hosting Rhoda!

  3. I love Ethan Allen and your transformation is beautiful! I do the same thing with my paint brushes because I hate having to clean them. I didn’t know the refrigerator step. I usually just wrap them in plastic and they are fine!

  4. She’s a beauty Rhoda! She’ll be styling in your new den! Can you believe I’ve never tried Annie Sloan although it’s right up my lazy girl alley – no priming!

  5. Nice transformation!! Ironically I finally have a thrifty find to link up and it’s a second hand side table I redid in ASCP. 🙂 Love how yours turned out. Thanks for the party.

  6. Becki Foster says:

    Your thrifty find turned out to look like you paid big bucks! I love the blue color and leaving the top unpainted was the right thing to do! Great redo!

  7. I completely understand where you are coming from BUT I’m so sorry this party is ending. I LOVE this party. I only post two times a week and I always choose something so I can link here. My lovely home is filled with thrifty treasures. I am constantly thinking about what I can post here each week. Your blog has driven so much traffic to my blog. I am grateful. I will continue to follow along faithfully and hope you have a wonderful fall. Amanda

  8. Thanks for hosting, Rhoda! Your side table is gorgeous. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  9. Rhoda, your Ethan Allen table came out perfect. Love it.

  10. Rhoda – Your table turned out so pretty. I have a whole house full of Ethan Allen furniture that I’m seriously thinking of painting. Painted furniture is just so pretty. I’ve always had several pieces of painted furniture. Good job!!

    I messed up on the linky part. Ended up with two posts – 17 with no picture and 18 with a picture. If you can fix it I would appreciate it. Remember, I’m new to this.



  11. Hi Rhoda! Thanks for sharing my mailbox. Provence is a color that I have not yet tried but just may after seeing your table. I bet you are just counting the days to move it in!

  12. Rhoda – that color is just beautiful! I love the way it looks with the dark top! This will definitely be the color I buy! 🙂 Wonderful job!

    xoxo laurie

  13. Love it! It’s so cute! I absolutely love the mix of paint and the natural wood top!

  14. The table turned out lovely! Thanks for hosting!

  15. Looks so good. I cannot wait to attend the furniture painting workshop at the blog conference in Raleigh in October!

  16. Screendoorgirl 3 says:

    Nice job on the table! Such a pretty color. That paint looks like it’s great to work with. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Rhoda, I love the way you gave that table a new look. Lovely! Super job. Thanks so much for sharing. By the way my followers have increased since your feature friday post on my home. I can’t thank you enough.

  18. Your table looks amazing! Thanks for hosting. It is so much fun to see what everyone has found.

  19. Rhoda ~ The new piece looks great! I’ll bet you can’t WAIT to get into the new house and start decorating. All the renovation is exciting but there is that point where you just want to be IN the house so bad. Hope the time flies for you 🙂

    Thank you for hosting the party ~ Shannon

  20. What a lovely job on that table! And thanks for the instructions, they’ll come in handy. I picked up a gallon of oops paint at Home Depot the other day for $7 — I might just get addicted to that bin there. 🙂

  21. Great Ethan Allen pick! I love how you instantly updated it with Provence too. I totally agree with Amanda – I hate to see your party end. Not only do I love posting my finds from my ‘Thrifting Habit’ here, but I love looking at everyone else’s wonderful finds too. Looking forward to whats next. Thanks for being such a fabulous host!

  22. Rhoda, I appreciate seeing what you did with the table. I tend to get going and forget to tape off the underside of my furniture tops and have to try to undo my mess later. Thanks for the reminder! Your quick redo is inspiring. Thanks for the party!

  23. Thanks for sharing that great idea Rhoda!! I am off to the Habitat Restore today to look for a coffee table. I just need a change but I do not want to spend a lot of money!! If I cannot find anything there I am checking out another furniture consignment store here in Decatur.

  24. Oh my goodness I love what you did with the table and the paint. And for the record I am a tried and true LOVER of Frog Tape! It is so fantastic! It really DOES block paint super well and doesn’t yank off the paint like some ‘other’ paint tapes do. I fully agree – spend a little extra dough and get the frog tape 🙂 It’s WORTH it!


  25. What a great find Rhoda. Your makeover is perfect. Thanks for a fun party. Hope your week is productive and wonderful 🙂

  26. Need to repaint my whole new (actually very old) home, walls are plastered, will frog tape work on textured walls? If not, any other suggestion?

  27. I find that really inspirational! I need new end tables in my living room, and a sideboard for the dining room. You make it look like a project I could actually pull off. The I Love Thrifting Day sounds fun! I hope they do it again next year – how do you get to go?

  28. Your thrifty find certainly turned out great, Rhoda. I’m partial to that color! The dark wax added much needed depth and aging and gives the table so much more character. Thanks for hosting the party. I’ve done so little thrifting all summer, I’ve never linked up until today! Glad to be here. 🙂 Sue

  29. Rhoda, I love your table! Wow, paint magic! You picked the perfect color! I also love the top left unpainted! Great features too! I love the bamboo piece! Amazing finds!

  30. I love the table. Provence is my favorite ASCP color!

  31. Gorgeous make-over with the Ethan Allen side table! I recall you said there were 2 of them the day you found it at Goodwill (I think). Wondering if the other one is still there (probably not) and do you wish you had bought it? Can’t wait to see this in your den when you showcase that newly renovated room! I want to use Annie Sloan so bad and paint me some furniture! I have a few pieces in my home now that desparately need a makeover ! Love the frog tape idea for taping off! Will use that tip for sure and the one about the paint brush/tray in the frig! Genius!!

  32. Hi Rhoda, I love the color you used on the side table. What a great find made even better. Thanks for sharing.

  33. i LOVE how your table turned out!! the stained wood looks fabulous with your blue paint color! can’t wait to see how it looks in your finished living room!!

  34. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! Great job!

  35. Rhoda, love your table makeover- the color is gorgeous! I just finished a teal dresser, couldn’t get the color right in my pics, though, looks more blue.

  36. I just joined your party with my version of an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint side table makeover 🙂 Love how yours turned out, Provence is such a beautiful colour. And it looks great combined with the dark wood top 🙂

  37. Rhoda, thanks so much for featuring my Fall tablescape. What a pleasant surprise!

  38. Oh, and I meant to say that I love your little table. That color is beautiful!

  39. WOW! Absolutely beautiful!

  40. Table turned out lovely! I’ve done the plastic bag paint brush thing for quite awhile but not with the refrigerator. i just figured if I kept air out of the paint, like the can does, the brush wouldn’t dry. So far so good! Sure saves time when you’re coming back for another coat with the same color.


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