Hello beautiful friends! I’m here today with the prettiest painted serpentine night table!
I had planned to share the final piece in my Operation Redo Haul today. However, I really did love the original makeover on this one as it was. Once I got to looking at it a bit more closely, I discovered that one of the side supports was coming apart where it connected to one of the legs:
I fixed it and this baby is heading back to the shop!
Here is more of this makeover:
See more of it HERE.
So today, I pulled out a favorite of mine! Did I mention it was a beautiful serpentine night table?
Okay, so not so beautiful here ha ha!
This poor baby had been through it!
It looked like it had lost its drawer front at one time and then the drawer front got banged around quite a bit in the years after. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I wasn’t sure it was even salvageable!
Um, that would be a no from me.
The edges were too thin and crispy and no amount of Wood Filler or Bondo could save this drawer front.
So I ditched the drawer idea altogether and removed the drawer runners…
It turns out that the original drawer bottom was perfect to line the bottom of the cubby instead:
Filling the Holes
I started on the night table by filling as many holes and gouges as I could using Dixie Mud in brown:
It apparently once had a door to the bottom cubby as well as indicated by these hinges:
I sanded the top enough to smooth out many of the scratches that could not be filled:
There were two holes across the back edge that look like they might have held a decorative trim piece across the back. They did not completely fill on the first go since they were quite deep, so I added a little more Mud and let them dry.
They were nice and smooth after sanding the second time:
Ready for Paint
Once I had the entire piece prepped, cleaned and ready to go, I started painting!
I chose Dixie Belle’s Caviar for this piece for a couple of reasons.
First, I knew the black would camouflage any imperfections, and also, I figured it would look better inside both cubbies if they were dark. I waited to attach the bottom to that top cubby until after I was finished painting and sealing to make it easier to paint, giving it two coats.
I sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge, hitting the edges a bit harder here and there to distress.
Sealing over black paint
You can sometimes see ghost like marks when touching the surface of black pieces after sealing.
However, you can eliminate that by adding just a couple drops of paint to the Clear Coat:
It really works!
I would recommend doing that with any of the darker hues.
I attached the new bottom (the old drawer bottom) to that top cubby with some wood glue:
Painted Serpentine Night Table: The end result
Here’s how this little lady turned out:
See? A beautiful serpentine night table, right?? I knew she was under there all along!
She may have lost most of her original defining characteristics, but she still has charm and lots of life left to live!
The interior of that top cubby was a bit primitive, so painting it in black gave it a more sleek appearance.
This is a bedside table, but it is tall and small enough that it would work great in the corner of a bathroom for a little extra storage.
That gold mirror hangs in our dining room and was a $10 thrift store find.
I love the combination of black and gold.
This egg basket was a thrift store score as well. It’s perfect for holding spare TP…
I love how the original wood peeking through the black looks…
I rolled up hand towels here, but that cubby is a great place to store a few books or a tablet…
This one got a very simple makeover, but that is all it needed!
Thank you to all who entered my latest Dixie Belle Giveaway!
I’ll be drawing the winners of that giveaway today, so be sure to keep an eye on your email inbox! Each winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize before another will be chosen!
And if you want a little St. Patty’s Day furniture flip…this is about the only green that sells really well for me:
See this table transformation HERE!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with my brand new haul! I found some good stuff, y’all:
Have a wonderful weekend!
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