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10 Minute Side Table Makeover

Vintage clocks layered on top of vintage books | 10 Minute Side Table Makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com
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Hello Friends,

Well, I almost didn’t participate in this month’s DIY Furniture Girls.  I mean, I already had more on my plate than I could say grace over. And this month’s theme was to create my version of a popular retail piece.  The name of the challenge is “Knock-off,” but all I could think about is…  Really??? Me??? I am supposed to copy a piece of furniture based on a piece made by the pros?  It just didn’t seem possible.

Then, as I settled down and began to think about it, I really didn’t need to try and “copy” the pros.

Vintage books | 10 Minute Side Table Makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

 All I really needed to do was find a look that I loved and create a similar look.

Vintage clocks | 10 Minute Side Table Makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And that’s what I did.

Vintage clocks layered on top of vintage books | 10 Minute Side Table Makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

I flipped through a favorite retailer’s catalog and found a little side table that I absolutely loved.  Then I set about creating a similar, but not an exact copy of the look.

Antique gold side table | 10 Minute Side Table Makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And you can, too.  Here’s how.

SIDE TABLE MAKEOVER

Step 1:

Find a table that has a similar structure as the dream table. Don’t worry about the color, just consider the bones. And if you are not such a good thrifter, not to worry.  Neither am I, but I can really rock the discount stores.  This little beauty was located at TJMaxx for about $30. Yes, the price was a bit high, but not when I considered its potential.

Side table makeover "before" | 10 Minute Side Table Makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Step 2:

Tape around the inside to keep paint off of the glass.  Suggest to also cover the glass on both sides with paper or plastic so there’s no paint to scrape away later.  

Step 3:

Flip the table upsidedown and give it a good spray.  When it is dry to the touch, flip it right-side-up and spray it again. I used Rustoleum’s Hammered Gold.  It comes in a spray or a can to use with a brush.

Side table in Rustoleum's Hammered Gold | 10 Minute Side Table Makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Caution:

Rustoleum is a great product and adheres very well. The only caution is to paint lightly as it is difficult to spread the paint from a run.  In fact, please note that the paint should be applied and left to dry. This is because the “pitting” will occur as the paint dries to create the hammered look. If the paint is disturbed, then the pitting effect is lessened or lost.

One coat coverage:

Yes.  This table was painted with one coat and achieved marvelous coverage in less than 10 minutes. Please note that some of the darker color was left to show in places to create depth and dimension.

Side view of table | 10 Minute Side Table Makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Comparison:

The retailer’s side table has fancier legs, a bottom shelf, and mercury glass in the shelves.  It measures 16 inches square and stands 27.75 inches high.  The price is $399 plus tax and shipping.

In contrast, my little table could have a mercury shelf if I chose to paint it because Rustoleum also makes mercury glass paint.  It measures 10.5 inches by 16 inches and stands 21 inches high. The price is less than $40 for the table and paint.

Side table back view | 10 Minute Side Table Makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And I really believe the shape and height of my little side table is better for my space. 

Top down view of side table | 10 Minute Side Table Makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

But tell me, what do you think?  Are similar looks at one-tenth of the pro’s price something you’d like to have in your home?

Side table makeover | 10 Minute side Table Makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

If so, then you’ll want to do two things.

First, please pin this little makeover for later.  

Easy side table makeover in a quick 10 minutes | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And second, check out similar projects by my super-talented bloggy friends.

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26 Comments

  • Reply Wendi@H2OBungalow August 25, 2016 at 5:55 am

    I love that table! Great find and the old color didn’t do it justice. The gold definitely looks a lot better, gotta love spray paint!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 6:22 am

      Thanks Wendi!

  • Reply Amy | Canary Street Crafts August 25, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Love the updated look you gave that pretty table! I especially like that you left some of the darker color to show through it places. It makes it look perfectly worn and aged.

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks Amy. You’re the best.

  • Reply My Creative Days August 25, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I love this project! She is all blinged out now!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks Lindsay. Yep…bling. That’s me. LOL.

  • Reply Carolann August 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Beautiful work Susie! I just adore gold and the accents are stunning. You truly hit the jackpot with this one!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks Carolann. I never thought of myself as a gold person, but I do love this color of gold!!

  • Reply christykjames August 25, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Such a pretty little table, Susie, and I agree with Wendi…the gold really makes it stand out! XO

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks Christy!

  • Reply Kim @Hunt & Host August 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Friend – You always hit a homerun. What a sweet little find you have here. Love your makeover and the tips! Nice work, pinned!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks, Kim. Sometimes all that a piece needs is a little simple and quick fix. This was surely one of those times.

  • Reply Tami @ Curb Alert! August 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    So glad you joined in this month, and ten minutes – can’t beat that! It looks so classy now and an inspiration in itself!
    ~Tami

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 26, 2016 at 5:47 am

      Thanks so much, Tami. We really love using it and it works alongside all our seating.

  • Reply Debrashoppno5 August 25, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    You did a great job on the table. It is so elegant and how easy to recreate the high end look. Fabulous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 26, 2016 at 5:35 am

      Thanks so much, Debra. Appreciate so much.

  • Reply The Red Painted Cottage August 25, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    You’re a genius to come up with this idea! It looks expensive and awesome.

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 26, 2016 at 5:42 am

      Thanks so much, Carol. Appreciate your kind words.

  • Reply misstoni65 August 26, 2016 at 9:25 am

    What a simple but beautiful change. All the beauty of the table really shines with her new jewelry!

    Another beautiful project my friend πŸ™‚

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Thanks Toni. You’re the best.

  • Reply Paula August 27, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I like this table much better in gold and it’s the perfect side table size.

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 28, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks Paula…

  • Reply Marie, The Interior Frugalista August 27, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    What a fabulous table to start with and then spray it gold took it to mahvelous dahling! Very glam and pinned to share πŸ™‚

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 28, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Marie. You know mahvelous is exactly what I was aiming for….. LOL…

  • Reply Kathy Owen August 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I ADORE this table. The paint made such a difference. I think it was well worth $30. Thanks for the tip on the paint.

    • Reply theChelseaProject August 28, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks, Kathy. We love it and are really getting use from it…so it was a good purchase for us.

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