Updated side table
I bought this table at a flea market when I first moved to LA, over 10 years ago. I liked its mid-century lines then and still do now, but it's showing some wear and tear.
It had some chips and dents, the top was scratched and water-marked.
I had to position it at a weird angle because of some ill-advised drilling I had done a few years ago...don't ask.
Just like a Beverly Hills housewife every 10 years, I decided that it's time this table had a facelift.
First, I sanded the whole thing; I used the orbital sander for the top and hand sanded the rest. The gloss came off pretty easily.
Then I had to repair the holes in the middle. I bought a couple sheets of very thin birch plywood from the craft store and cut them to size. Then glued and taped the plywood in, to act as a clamp.
After the glue dried, it was time to paint. I wanted a bit of color, but nothing too loud. My living room has lots of nice neutral color. I also wanted to make the legs dip-dyed, although I suspect that trend is going the way of the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster. It's a bit everywhere right now, but I like it. If I get sick of it, I have plenty of of the dark color left. I went to Jill's Paint and chose Benjamin Moore Polo Blue for the table and Ice Cap for the legs.
The finished product: