Updating an End Table

Remember that end table I found on Craigslist for $5.00?  You know, the one that I talked about months ago?   Well, cross that project off the list because that same boring end table is now a beautiful new shade of teal and is ready to make its grand entrance into the nursery.

I can’t say that it was a difficult process, because, let’s face it, spray painting an end table isn’t really anything new.  For me, the most challenging part of filling a new space is finding “old” pieces of furniture that can complement the clean lines of new pieces.  The end table is the perfect example of this idea.  With relatively little money and effort, it can be transformed into something fresh and new.

To start, the end table was maple in color….

End table- before

Ken started the process by popping out the glass top, and sanding down the wooden frame.  In less than an hour, the table was ready to be painted.  We knew we wanted teal to be one of the accent colors in the nursery, so we decided on Rust-Oleum Matte Spray Paint and Primer in One in the robin’s egg color.

Rust-Oleum Spray Paint

Spray pairing is one of my favorite things to do, but in case you weren’t aware…. spray paint and pregnancy aren’t a winning combination. 🙂

Ken applied three thin and even coats on the end table, being very careful to maintain a safe distance.  Keeping your distance is key in preventing any unwanted drips.  I would also recommend allowing several hours between coats.

Spray paint

We kept the end table in the garage for a few days to allow enough time for the spray paint to cure and the awful spray paint smell to disappear.

The finished end table is now sitting in the nursery, ready to be accessorized!  In the picture below, you can see that we are still waiting on one piece of furniture, the glider.  We ordered it weeks ago, but we’re still patiently (NOT!) waiting for it to be delivered to our local Babies R Us store.  (Do you see that beautiful ottoman in the picture?  The one with the pink bow?  A few weeks ago, my co-workers threw me a baby shower and that was one of our gifts!)

Teal end table

So….have you had any success refinishing an old piece of furniture?  I’d love to hear your experience or maybe even your recommendation on your favorite color or brand of spray paint!  It’s amazing the magic a small can of spray paint can bring to an old piece of furniture!


3 thoughts on “Updating an End Table

  1. I love the colour you chose! I’m just finishing repainting and reupholstering my dinning room table and it really is amazing what some paint can do. I used a mineral paint called Fusion which is similar to chalk paint. No sanding or priming required (lifesaver). Anyways, this end table looks great!


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