Coastal Cottage End Table Makeover

Hi Friends! I’m so glad you stopped in for a visit today. Luckily I haven’t melted away in this heat…our thermometer reached 102 yesterday! That is really hot around my neck of the woods.

I have mentioned a lot lately that I am working really hard to work through the pieces in my to-do pyramid in the garage (aka I’m on a thrift store/yard sale diet), and you’ll see why soon.

This end table had been buried in there for quite some time:


I had just snapped this quick photo and then my six year-old showed up wanting to help, so I handed him my phone and asked if he would like to take some before pictures for me.

They all pretty much turned out like this:

PicMonkey Collage

This is six of 18. He’s for hire if you need a good photographer who will work for fruit snacks. 🙂

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The top was already pretty scratched when I bought it for $20 at the thrift store, and then hanging around my garage for forever didn’t do it any favors either. I decided to pull it out and clean it off while I had my HomeRight Paint Sprayer already out for my French Provincial Table I shared not too long ago. You can see both pieces under my HomeRight Spray Shelter here:

Homeright Spray Shelter in that thing!

That thing is awesome (and huge)! (It does not have a bottom, but a drop cloth works perfectly!) I made a fresh batch of DIY Chalk Paint in a 50/50 mix of Cottage White by Behr and Pure White and it went through the sprayer beautifully.

Because the top was so scratched up and I didn’t really notice it until it was already painted, I decided to go for a two-toned look befitting a coastal cottage (my dream):


I started with a couple of coats of Behr’s Gray Morning lightened a bit with Pure White (70/30ish). Then I dry brushed a little white on the top…


This did a great job of camouflaging the worn top. As you can see I did another table I had as well very similarly. There is a slight height difference but the styles are very similar, so maybe someone can use them as a pair. I gave them a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper after dry-brushing.

A coat of Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax and they were all set:

Grey Morning and Cottage White End Table from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Coastal cottage, yes?

I only photographed the one table since it was easier to with just the one.

Grey Morning and Cottage White End Table from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The blue I used is Gray Morning by Behr.

Grey Morning and Cottage White End Table from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Any scratches that were there are barely visible now and work with the dry-brushing on top.

Grey Morning and Cottage White End Table from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

For the handles, I just grabbed two that were similar to the original that I had taken off of a dresser since they fit the existing holes. I painted them with Rustoleum’s Heirloom White and then abused them a bit to take away the newness.

Handles were spray painted with Rustoleum's Heirloom White Spray Paint



Grey Morning and Cottage White End Table from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer




Grey Morning and Cottage White End Table from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I lined each of the drawers the same with this black lattice fabric I had in my hoard…


I cut the fabric to fit using my rotary cutter and mat (easiest way to get clean, straight edges). Then I brushed  Matte Mod Podge like a glue across the bottom with a chip brush, and added the fabric. The Mod Podge dries clear.

Grey Morning and Cottage White End Table from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

And that was it!

Grey Morning and Cottage White End Table from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

That’s two more pieces I was able to move out of the garage.

Now I can show you why I’ve been trying to clear it out…to make room for these:


That’s four dressers, a bed, a china cabinet, a mirror, and a side table that we acquired from my Hubby’s Grandmother’s home. She is resting in peace in heaven now, and I was  given the opportunity to breathe new life into some of her furniture. I love that others will be able to continue to treasure them for years to come. I think she would like that too.

Now I might not have any room to work in the garage, but at least they all fit. I don’t fancy the idea of painting furniture in 100 degree heat, so as ready as I am to get to work, they might just have to wait a bit for this heat to break!

Here’s the tables together already loaded into my booth…


See…very similar, just a little height difference. I’m hoping they sell together!

And I keep forgetting to share but guess what finally sold at my booth??


The oval coffee table with the French graphics! That poor thing has hung around for way too long! I’m so glad to see she finally found a good home. Eventually everything does. 🙂

You can see more photos of my booth by visiting my latest booth update HERE!

I’ll be sharing a little thrifty makeover using these parts on Thursday:


So I’ll see ya then! 🙂

UPDATE: No need to wait…see them HERE now!



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  1. Christina in FL says:

    Christy, the tables look very coastal and warm and cozy. I know they will get a good home quickly. Great job! 🙂 Love the spray booth!!
    Congratulations on re-homing the oval table!! I am shocked it took this long but she’s a beauty also! 🙂

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Christina! That spray booth rocks, and yes…yay for the oval table!! I don’t know why she hung on for so long! XOXO

  2. Good morning Christy, love those tables with the shade of blue brushed on top.
    So glad your table finally sold for you:)) We have high temps here as well in Ontario not good at all really for doing stuff in the garage, or outside except beach days!! Lots of treasures in your garage, have a great day!

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Sandra! No this hot weather doesn’t make me want work out there at all. We have been enjoying the beach and the water park that is close by though! Stay cool! XO

  3. Thank you for revealing your garage ‘stash’. I showed my DH and that should silence him for a while!! Love the blue on the tables.

    • Christy says:

      Ha ha! In full disclosure, I should also reveal that I have an almost full storage unit too. Someone better get busy around here! 🙂

  4. I love the blue top Christy! So pretty!

  5. Nanette says:

    Hi Christy, fabulous as always! I also love my HomeRight sprayer by have hesitated putting chalk paint through it. You add quite a bit of water to your chalk paint to obtain the correct consistency? Thanks!

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Nanette! When I make my chalk paint, I dissolve the calcium carbonate in water before adding it to the paint. It is about the consistency of ranch dressing at that point, but it does thin the paint down just a bit. so that probably helps!

  6. These pretty coastal tables will fly out of your booth – pairs sell so much quicker (at least that’s been my experience). Wowsers, that is one full garage. You have your work cut out for you. If your photographer can get that thumb out of the way, he can come work here for chocolate!

    • Christy says:

      I hope so, Marie!! Yes my garage is standing room only at the moment and it is just too hot to pull anything into the drive to work on. Hoping for a break in the weather soon. Weren’t those pics funny? All 18 looked just like it. 🙂

  7. Annie (Canada) says:

    Hi Christy, So you have a budding photographer in the family 🙂 Nice job on the side tables! I love the spray tent, I just recently bought a sprayer but haven’t used it yet as I was worried about the over spray I will have to get one of those tents. My thought was to use it primarily for painting the inside of drawers and cabinets as I love the texture you get from painting with a brush. Question, have you used your sprayer to put down the base coat and then brushed on the second coat? Have a wonderful day in the sunshine ☼☼

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Annie! That tent is awesome, you need one for sure, and of course my photographer is super high end lol. I too love the look I get when painting with a brush, and I have thought about doing the first coat or so with the sprayer and following up with the brush. For these tables, I sprayed the tables, then brushed on the blue and it worked great! XO

  8. Ahhh! the little bro wants to be a part of it all too!!! Even Annie Leibowitz had to start somewhere.
    I feel your pain with the weather……we are suppose to brace for 104 today!!!! yuck!!!! but thankfully we do not have humidity . HATE IT!!!
    LOVE the new tables and CONGRATS on selling your oval table. All things in good time!
    I see you’ve got some work piled up in that garage!!! Stop slack’in!!!
    God Bless!

    • Christy says:

      Ha ha yes so true, everyone had to start somewhere! And that humidity is what kills us, although I suppose there are some that have it worse. Stay cool, my friend, and as soon as this weather breaks, you know I’ll be back to work! XOXO

  9. Just lovely! Just started following you about a month ago, and I love seeing each of your posts. It’s very helpful to see your items and learn your “tricks”. Having just about finished my first endeavor of repainting my dresser with Americana Decor chalk paint, I’ve already purchased the ingredients to follow the recipe for *your* chalk paint for a dresser that I’m making over into a media console (but first need to install some modified “industrial” shelving in my wee kitchen) . Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to share with all of us out here is diy’er land!

    • Christy says:

      I am so glad you found me, Julie, and I love hearing that you are enjoying my blog so far! I really like Americana Décor chalk paint, but even that can get pricey…I really think you’ll love the DIY version. Good luck on your dresser turned console, I bet that will be a really cool piece when it’s done! XO

  10. Sherry Pelle says:

    Great makeover on the side tables! I love how you lined inside of the drawers. These will sell in no time!

  11. Everything about this is fantastic! Your “professional photographer”, the tables, the colors, handles, the brushing on the tops, even that the tables don’t quiiiiiiite match! I LOVE not-quite-matching furniture! Lovely work! I’d snap them both up if I could! : )
    And OH WOW, your garage! …Feeling a teensy bit better about mine now, haha! What a treasure trove to dive into! (I think a lot of husbands will be seeing that photo. Thanks for sacrificing for us!) Definitely wait until the temperatures go down! It’s only in the upper 80’s here, but no way am I doing “garage work” right now. Either the humidity or the temperature has to come down first!

    • I’m so glad you like them, Becky! Thank you! Yes my poor garage!! And one reader already confessed that she showed her husband that photo lol. I would be in so much trouble if it weren’t for the fact that most of that belonged to my Hubby’s Grandma! Stay cool, girl! XOXO

  12. I love the tables! Wish I lived closer so I could buy some of your furniture. For now I follow your blog so I can learn how to paint furniture myself. Love your style.
    Ps. Where did you find that pillow? “Life is Good at the beach”

  13. Marcie Lovett says:

    Truly unremarkable tables become treasure! So beautiful staged in your home, which always makes a lovely backdrop.

    While Jack has a bright future ahead of him in furniture refinishing, I think we need to give the photographer a little more time. The pictures were very funny.

    So glad to see the coffee table sold and looking forward to seeing how you bring some zest into the gran’s furniture.

    • Christy says:

      Aww thanks so much, Marcie! Yes my youngest does want to get in there too, but he needs a little more guidance ha ha. Can’t wait to start on those pieces! XOXO

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