Side Table Makeover

For some time now I have been looking for matching side tables for our master bedroom. I had looked at furniture stores, discount stores, some yard sales and Craigslist but didn’t really find anything that I wanted to spend money on. Then one day I went into a thrift store and found these two little side tables that were in desperate need of a makeover. I paid $15 for both of them.


I initially thought that using paint thinner would do the trick to removing the old paint but I soon found out that that would NOT work. So I went to the store and bought and an electric sander. I have future furniture redo projects on my mind so I feel the money was well spent. Anyways, I took to sanding one table and boy was it messy! I advise you do this outside or with a fan blowing so it will blow the dust AWAY from your garage. About 30 minutes or so after sanding, perhaps maybe even an hour, I had removed the multiple layers of paint this thing had on it (I still have to do the other table.) I then primed the table with Rustoleum painters touch primer.
After priming the table, I painted it with spray paint. I was going to use chalk paint but I decided on spray paint mainly because I liked the color for my bedroom (as did my boyfriend – he chose it over Duck Egg, which I would have liked just as well.) I used Krylon Bahama Breeze. After the paint dried, I did a little distressing and then I went over the table with a satin clear coat finish. Here is the finished table.  I still have to sand and paint the other table. I will be doing that this weekend.



  1. says

    This looks great, I love the color. Good choice boyfriend! One of the best investments I ever made was my electric sander. It makes things so much simplier!

  2. says

    Wow, Julie that looks really good. You are really coming along with your furniture re-do's. I really need to try thrifting, but I get so discouraged cause I never find anything! :)

  3. says

    Thank you, Jess! You just have to use your imagination when you see things. It may be ugly at first sight but imagine the things you could do with it. :)

  4. says

    Julie Ann, What a bright and cheery color! Fabulous painting tutorial… with great results! And just think, you didn't spend a lot of money! Just goes to show… creativity and a little work = fabulous results!

    Your project would be perfect to share at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my new weekly linky party going on now! Come on over and join in!

  5. says

    Much better…what a difference! I love the color choice. Boy were they ugly before! Great job; glad you shared at Shine on Fridays!

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