First of all, I need to preface this post by saying how sorry I am for the poor quality of these photos. My camera refused to cooperate with me for this project! However, I wanted to show you the little experiment I did on this petite library table. This little pedestal table with a leather (or faux leather) top was one of the items my girls & I found on our thrifting spree last weekend. (By the way, if anyone knows the actual name of this type of table, please let me know!) So, I picked it up as soon as I saw it because, as many of you know, one of the MANY projects I’m working on in this house is decorating our library. And the table was only $4. It was a no-brainer. It was in pretty good shape except that there were several nicks & scratches on the table top edge. Here are a few pics of the before condition (Again, sorry they’re a little blurry!): I didn’t want to paint this one because I didn’t want to change the original style with its stain. So, I experimented with using paint as a stain. In my craft paint collection, I found this reddish brown paint called Chocolate Bar & I mixed it using about 1 part paint to 2 parts water.Then, I just used a small paintbrush & kind-of washed over the whole edge of the table top. I went over it with several thin coats, noticing right away that it was doing a great job of covering all the little imperfections & also deepening the color a little more.

Here’s a close-up of the after. As you can see, the chips are obviously still there, but they’re much less noticeable. It was such an easy fix!

Now I’m dreaming of finding a little globe for this table. Maybe I’ll find that on my next thrifting spree!

I’m sharing this experiment with some of these crafty gals. Check them out!