Disclosure: General Finishes sent me a free sample of their paint in exchange for this post. Even so, all opinions are my own.
Hey, friends! I am sooo excited to share this makeover with you guys! My mom gave me these cool retro / mid-century side tables:
(Please excuse my very messy garage.)
They were in good condition, but they had a badddd gold paint job with lots of drips and inconsistencies. It also looked like they were once covered in paper (there were bits of paper still stuck to some areas). After a very good sanding, they looked like this:
Better already, right? Of course I couldn't stop there, though! General Finishes sent me a free sample of their milk paint -- two colors called Driftwood and Tuscan Red, and their High Performance Top Coat in Flat. I chose to use Driftwood on these tables -- it's a nice gray color. I was extremely impressed with the coverage! After one coat, it looked like this:
Just one. In fact, I only had to do two coats on these puppies! If I was going for a shabby chic look, I would have just done one. It. was. awesome. I was also impressed by the sleek and smooth finish the paint had (even without sanding between coats and poly).
Then, I moved onto the top coat. If you've followed along for a while, you'll know I'm a huge fan of Polycrylic, especially after my unfortunate experience with Polyurethane. Even still, I wanted to give their top coat a chance... and I'm glad I did! It went on really well, had a smooth finish, and it worked great! I noticed it seemed to cure a bit faster than what I normally use, too, which was nice.