I picked up this pair of bedside tables at an estate sale a few weeks ago. I never can remember to take “before” pictures, but they were just plain brown. Here’s the finished project.
After sanding with 120 grade sandpaper, I painted the drawer faces and bottoms dressers with 2 coats of Benjamin Moore “Flora” flat finish. Then, for my faux-marble top, I painted the top with 2 coats of Zinzer primer tinted dark grey; then, using small round craft sponges, I sponged the tops with 6 different colors acrylic paints starting with black and working up to lighter shades. I used toffee, burnt umber, and moved up to buttermilk. Again with the 120 sandpaper, I sanded the painted drawers and bottoms to look like wear spots. Since the sanded areas needed an aged look, I dabbed some dark brown shoe polish and scrubbed it in. I finished everything with 2 coats of Polycrylic sealer, sanding lightly with 220 grade sandpaper between coats. It gives the paint a nice shine without turning yellow.