How to Makeover a Vintage Side Table

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great week. Are you looking forward to the week-end? Yeah, me too. I need a break after our recent family reunion extravaganza. And a little vintage shopping would be nice, too, of course. Hopefully I’ll squeeze some of that in tomorrow. But today I’ve got a little side table makeover to share.

Side table makeover
To complete this project, I used three kinds of paint: taupe spray paint, off-white chalk paint, and some black acrylic craft paint for stenciling.

vintage side table
Some of you may recall this table from a few weeks ago.  Remember the sale with all the cream colored shutters for a dollar each? Well, as I loaded my van with the shutters (and a few other things), the nice lady holding the sale walked by me with this table and set it on the curb. I asked if it was for sale and she said yes, but it needed lots of work. I asked how much. A buck she said. Sold I replied. The surface was marred but it was in otherwise good, sturdy condition.

paint used on vintage side table
First, I gave it a couple of coats with this camouflage spray paint I picked up at a garage sale. I was not happy with the results.

painted side table
The fellow I bought it from said that the camouflage effect could only be created when mixed with other paint colors from separate cans. If I used the can I bought from him (for a dollar) by itself, then the cap color would spray uniformly on any surface. As you can see in the photo above, the paint did not go on uniformly; it came out splotchy.

top of side table with chalk paint
After trying a second coat of the spray paint, everything but the top [finally] looked uniform. I decided to give the top a coat of Americana Decor chalk paint (Lace) and call it a day.

stenciled top of vintage side table
After the chalk paint dried, I applied my favorite French stencil to the top pouncing on black acrylic craft paint with a make-up sponge from the Dollar Tree. (They are trianglar in shape. I use the larger, flat end to apply the paint. As always with stenciling, you want your “brush,” in this case “sponge,” to be nearly dry. This prevents excess paint from oozing under the stencil. Once dry, I sprayed the wording with acrylic spray paint in satin to protect it from rubbing off. (I used wax on the rest of the piece; however, wax acts like a solvent for craft paint and would rub it off.)

distressing of the side table
After all the paint had dried, I used a sanding sponge to lightly distress the edges and all the spots likely to wear on a piece like this.

distressing of vintage side table
Anything that protrudes falls into the category of “likely to have its paint rubbed off.”

top of side table
Then I gave the entire piece a coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax, let it sit for 15 minutes and buffed it with a piece of cheesecloth.
half of painted side tableA few people have asked me what the second shelf is for. I think it’s for books, with built in book ends.

painted side table outdoors
It’s a cutie for sure, with nicely turned legs. I’m happy with the dark taupe and beige combo. I’ll be bringing it up to my shop priced at about $45.00.

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partial view of vintage table top

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  1. Very pretty color combination. I’m just curious, what are those pieces on the bottom shelf that come up like that. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

  2. Diana, I love this! You have done wonders with this little table. And you are right, the bottom self is perfect to hold a few favorite books. happy weekend!

  3. Love how the table turned out Diana! It’s just beautiful, and those built-in bookends are fabulous. I’ve never seen a table like that.

  4. Well that’s just beautiful Diana! I think I have a can of that camouflage spray paint… that color from the set anyway! I’m surprised by how pretty it looks on a piece of furniture, I’ll have to dig mine out and give it a go!


  5. Love the two-toned colors. Funny, I recently saw that camouflage spray paint at Wal-Mart and kind of chuckled to myself thinking now I’ve seen everything! Glad you could put it to good use!

  6. Hi Diana! 🙂
    The table is so pretty! I love the colors you chose! And the stencil is perfect.
    The bottom shelf is so neat, they do look like built in book ends.

  7. That’s a darling piece. Always amazes me–what people throw away. I once picked up a three piece French provincial bedroom set at the curb. Total sales for the three pieces after a transformation was almost $600.
    This piece turned out darling, and someone will be lucky to get it for $45, thanks, Sandi

  8. Another great makeover Diana. I love the colors and the graphic! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  9. You are so talented and creative! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! Hope to see you this week too!

  10. What a wonderful transformation. Love it. Where did you get the stencil? By the way, it is one of my features today for “Let’s Talk Vintage!”
    Have a blessed week!

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