Upcycled Furniture Projects: How To Paint A Tattered Table

There is nothing more exciting than a thrift store on Monday.  (be sure to subscribe to Reinvented to get my FOUR other tips for successfully shopping thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales!)  People tend to clean and sort on the weekends, and I am the lucky recipient of the junk they chose to donate.  Yeehaw!   I am in the midst of a mega purge session myself, but I’ll admit I’m not above dropping my junk off at the back door and circling around to the front to buy someone else’s.  Upcycled furniture projects are some of my favorites, so when I spotted this cute little side table I had to take her home.

She was the perfect candidate for this month’s Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge.

 

Add your own style to a thrifted and tattered table with this upcycled furniture project. Learn how to prep, paint, and finish a small side table perfect for any room in your home.

 

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Kim | Made in a Day
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Sue | A Purdy Little House
Chelsea | Making Manzanita    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Karen | Dragonfly and Lily Pads
Kimm | Reinvented    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home   Megan | C’mon Get Crafty
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


Upcycled Furniture Project

 

My new BFF had seen better days.  She’s solid, but her outfit is so 1970’s.  She had some water damage on top and was missing a tiny bit of trim, but those curves hinted at her glory days.

I cleaned her up and sanded the top well with 180 grit sandpaper to smooth out the ridges left from a spill.   I planned to use chalk type paint for this makeover and distress her well, so no more prep was necessary.

 

Add your own style to a thrifted and tattered table with this upcycled furniture project. Learn how to prep, paint, and finish a small side table perfect for any room in your home.

 

As soon as I spotted that chicken wire door I knew this table would really shine with  farmhouse style.  I first gave her two coats of creamy white paint while the engineer crafted a new piece of tiny trim.

 

Add your own style to a thrifted and tattered table with this upcycled furniture project. Learn how to prep, paint, and finish a small side table perfect for any room in your home.

 

Quick Painting Tip:  Use paper plates to protect your floors when painting inside; they won’t bunch up around the legs, and will slide easily if you need to sit in one spot and rotate your project cuz you’re lazy.

This table is narrow yet deep, perfect for a lamp and a book, and sporting a large surface that I just couldn’t leave alone.  I pulled out a stencil (the same stencil I used for our modern farmhouse wall art) and added a light coat of gray with pattern with a foam roller for a softer look.  The addition reminds me of the crocheted doilies my grandma added to every table top.

 

Add your own style to a thrifted and tattered table with this upcycled furniture project. Learn how to prep, paint, and finish a small side table perfect for any room in your home.

 

To paint metal hardware when it’s too cold for spray paint, I add a coat of gray chalky paint first, (it will stick to the metal) then wipe on a little metallic craft paint for shimmer.  The hinges were painted white so they would blend in.

Lastly I added more gray paint to the corner accents to match the stencil,  distressed her with sandpaper, and added a light coat of wax to protect her new look.

Ready for some after shots?

 

Add your own style to a thrifted and tattered table with this upcycled furniture project. Learn how to prep, paint, and finish a small side table perfect for any room in your home.

 

Those girly curves get me every time!

 

Add your own style to a thrifted and tattered table with this upcycled furniture project. Learn how to prep, paint, and finish a small side table perfect for any room in your home.

 

Add your own style to a thrifted and tattered table with this upcycled furniture project. Learn how to prep, paint, and finish a small side table perfect for any room in your home.

 

Add your own style to a thrifted and tattered table with this upcycled furniture project. Learn how to prep, paint, and finish a small side table perfect for any room in your home.

 

I might have visited the same thrift store every day for a week hoping she had a long lost twin I could adopt…

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And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


 

 

 

 

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30 thoughts on “Upcycled Furniture Projects: How To Paint A Tattered Table

    1. Thanks Victoria! I do love shopping on Mondays, and sometimes Sundays are good too! Thank you so much for visiting.

    1. It makes me so happy to see your name, because your comments always make my day. And when a furniture painting guru likes me stuff, that’s just icing on the cake. :)

  1. Is it where you live why bloggers find such incredible pieces for affordable prices? Don’t come here (Grand Junction, CO) as our thrift store prices are way too high. They get all their stuff free but yet price it at close to retail and sometimes at retail, feel like saying – excuse me what part of thrift store did you miss?
    Love your wonderful table, is narrow but deep. You brought out her best features, love that chicken wire on door. Can’t go wrong with a good white paint job with the gray stenciled top and trim on sides as accents. Enjoy your gorgeous table can use it in few rooms, is a keeper.
    Enjoy our weekend

    1. Hi JaneEllen, we have quite a variety in pricing here in Ohio. My local Goodwills’ prices seem to vary by who is doing the pricing! :) I buy a lot of stuff from the Facebook Marketplace, have you tried that? Thank you so much for visiting, have an awesome day!

    1. I love that idea too, Ali! I think she is perfect for a bedside table, there really is quite a bit of storage in there. :) Have a great day!

  2. I love your table re-do! The white and gray are lovely and the chicken-like wire front is so country cool! i really love the design that you stenciled on the top!
    Jeannee@shepherdsandchardonnay

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