I went to my first estate sale the other day. In all my years of combing through flea markets, yard sales and antique stores, I had never made it to an estate sale! Luckily a family member was having this sale otherwise I might never have known how interesting they are! And I would not have happened upon this cute little side table I named Wilma (after her previous owner). She was missing her two cabinet doors and was a little dinged up. I was not a big fan of the super glossy finish or the wheels but I could I envision this as a cute little nightstand or side table.
The manufacturer’s mark inside the drawer is Northern Furniture Company, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I did a little research and learned that this piece would have been manufactured between 1904 and 1949.
I sanded the top in hopes of being able to stain it but there were several spots where someone had used wood putty to fill in holes and I decided it would look better painted rather than stained. I gave Wilma a thorough cleaning, patched the holes from the missing cabinet doors, and removed the ugly wheels.
I forgot to seal the top after sanding it but luckily there was no bleed-through from the old stain. I painted the table in three coats of Rustoleum White Linen chalk paint and lightly distressed the edges. I swapped out the boring wood knobs with some metal knobs that I had on hand in my junk box. Those also got painted with White Linen and distressed. I lined the drawer with scrapbook paper tacked down with double-sided tape.
So, meet the new Wilma! Let me know how you like her and feel free to share on Pinterest!