Paint a Table & Keep the Beautiful Wood too!

March Madness: 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers

Day #18 what?? How did we get here so fast? If you are just joining our little party, we have been enjoying a thrifty makeover every day so far this month as part of my March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days series!

Today I’m sharing a thrift store side table makeover. When I walked into the store, a fella greeted me saying he was ready to make a deal, so just let him know if I saw anything. I spotted this little beauty right away:


I love French Provincial anything and this had those pretty curves. It was marked $39.99. Too much, where’s that man that offered to make me a deal? He ended up letting me have it for $25. That’s much better!

Now you know that I love to slap paint on anything that sits still long enough, but I could just not bring my self to paint this one…

Painting the legs only adds a nice contrast while preserving the beautiful wood on top.

All the way that is. πŸ™‚

Forgive the photos. I had grand plans of taking really cool photos on the train tracks behind the antique mall where I have my booth. Unfortunately (& out of nowhere) it started raining on my way there.  I was so bummed, so I ended up taking these at my Parent’s house since I was heading there first. That’s also why the lighting is so dull…the blasted rain! Maybe some day I’ll get a beauty shot on the tracks.

Look how beautiful that top was after I sanded, restained and sealed it:

Painting the legs only adds a nice contrast while preserving the beautiful wood on top.

The stain I used is Dark Walnut by Minwax. I followed it up with two coats of Minwax Polycrylic that I applied with a foam brush, sanding lightly between coats.

I used my DIY chalk paint in Cottage White by Behr to paint the legs.

Painting the legs only adds a nice contrast while preserving the beautiful wood on top.

The pretty pull came from Hobby Lobby.

Painting the legs only adds a nice contrast while preserving the beautiful wood on top.

The drawers got a pretty new lining too with the help of Mod Podge. See how easy that is to do here.

The pretty pull came from Hobby Lobby.

Painting just the legs is a great way to revive a piece while maintaining the beauty of the wood on top.

I love how this turned out. (VERY similar to my $85 French Provincial Dining room set!)

Painting the legs only adds a nice contrast while preserving the beautiful wood on top.

I spent the weekend at my Parent’s house last weekend redoing their bedroom set as a surprise while they were out of town. I can’t wait to share that with you!

Painting the legs only adds a nice contrast while preserving the beautiful wood on top.

Tomorrow’s makeover is a  pretty one. You’ll definitely want to come back for that! Here’s the teaser:


See you then!

UPDATE: I can’t wait for you to see what I did with this bed!! Check it out HERE now! πŸ™‚



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  1. ColleenB. ~ Texas says

    Love your new table makeover and so glad that you didn’t paint the top. Great choice on the drawer pull. Goes so well with the table

  2. The table is a beauty…now!!! I hope your parents wanted a re-do on their set…..OR that really will be a surprise!!! Come over and surprise me!!!
    Keep up the great work!!!

    • Thanks, Addie! And yes, my Mom has been trying to get me to redo their set for about a year now. She was so happy with the result, she cried! I’ll be sharing it next week. πŸ™‚

  3. I was introduced to your blog via Pinterest about three weeks ago and have remained curious but quiet. Well, this BEAUTIFUL redo made me open up to let you know that I think so much of what you do is absolutely amazing! The eye and imagination and creativity you have is truly inspiring! I’ve become quite addicted to your blog and can’t wait for the next post! You are a DIY Genius πŸ™‚ Thank you for giving us the inspiration to expand our own creative nature. Many blessing to you and yours!

  4. That’s really beautiful Christy. Tracks would have beautiful. Maybe the heavens will open up for your next shoot!

  5. Christy,
    You did an amazing job on the little French table! The little pull from Hobby Lobby is perfect on the drawer. I love it!

  6. Beautiful makeover Christy! Minwax Dark Walnut is the best, especially with white. I bet this is another piece that will sell quickly in your booth. Looking forward to seeing the makeover you gave your parent’s bedroom set.

    • Thanks, Marie! I love Dark Walnut too. Most of the pieces I redo do not have beautiful wood like this so I was glad I could preserve it. My Mom’s bedroom set redo brought her to tears, she was so happy with it. I’ll be sharing it next week. πŸ™‚

  7. So pretty! Those curves! That table top! : )

  8. Hi Christy. I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your 31 days of makeovers. It has been so fun following along with you. And it is inspiring me to finally do something with all the treasures I have brought home over the years that have just been sitting un- made-over!

    • Thanks so much, Jamie! I love that you are feeling inspired to tackle some of your treasures! I’ll warn you though, once you get started, it can be addicting. So happy to have you following along! πŸ™‚

  9. The dark walnut stain sets off the white legs to perfection! I’m glad you chose to paint the table this way—and, I love the drawer pull. Wish Hobby Lobby was much closer to me than it is–I’d be there several times a week, I’m sure! Love that place! Looking forward to seeing your parent’s bedroom furniture next week.

    • Thanks, Ruth Anne! I knew I would never touch the top from the start. It’s just so pretty! Hobby Lobby has the best selection of drawer pulls. We just recently had one open about 15 minutes from my house. Before that we would take a two hour road trip to stock up on pulls and knobs. And I cant wait to share the bedroom set! πŸ™‚

  10. Linda Petersen says

    Hi Christy! Love this little table :)! It’s adorable~~~~as always you are so inspiring. Thank you!
    Hugs, Linda

  11. Robin Stephens says

    Me like!! I think I will do my coffee bar table this way! Great, great, great job….as usual!!! πŸ™‚

  12. Another gorgeous makeover! I’m so glad you decided to keep the wood top…looks amazing. I can’t wait to see your parent’s bedroom makeover. This has been such an amazing March on your blog!

    • Thanks, Maggie! I’m glad I kept the wood top too, it was just too pretty to cover with paint. I’m excited to share my parent’s bedroom set also, and thanks so much for following along with me! XOXO

  13. I love this look!!!!!!! Great re-do πŸ™‚ I am really enjoying your daily Post’s this month…Already looking forward to tomorrows!

    Happy Hump Day…

  14. Gorgeous as usual. Your work never disappoints. By the way, I love the white pillow you made too!

  15. Beautiful makeover! I’m addicted to your blog and can’t wait for each new makeover. Each makeover is very inspiring. I just might have to go thrift shopping soon!!

  16. Carol Lawrence-Costley says

    Beautiful. Very nice job! The many things you do to furniture and other objects are inspiring. I wish I would be more open to starting a project. I need to get over my fear of messing the projects up. I need to just do it!

  17. Really well done. You brought the top back to perfect condition.

  18. Now this piece is simply exquisite! What a great finish you achieved on that top. Wow. I just love this.

  19. My all-time favorite look…stained top, painted bottom!!