Patterned Sofa Table

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days!! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

We made it to day #3 yippee! Ha ha…I’m sharing a sofa table I found at a yard sale in my own neighborhood last Spring for $10.  I bought it from the same lady I bought this $60 hutch from. It was solid and I knew I could do something with it eventually. Well eventually is here and I finally got around to doing something with it!

Here it is as you may have seen in the sneak peek I gave you yesterday:

Sofa Table Before

I started by sanding the top with the intention of staining it and painting the legs. Only when I tried to sand the outer edge of the top, I realized it was not real wood. It appears that the legs are though…weird. So it sat in my garage while I decided what else I could do with it.

It had a pattern on the top already:

Sofa Table before

I thought I could work with that somehow.

Here’s what I came up with:

Give a plain table a cool update with pattern! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Give a plain table a cool update with pattern! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Fun? I love the color combo! This is three parts French Linen chalk paint from Annie Sloan and one part Pure White, maybe just a little more. I liked the original color but I love the lighter version. This is one color I still buy instead of making my own.

Give a plain table a cool update with pattern! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

It looks so pretty against my new white slip covers. (If you missed it, I DIYed them…see more HERE!)

Give a plain table a cool update with pattern! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I’ve never had a sofa table here before and I’m thinking I just might keep this one. I’ve got an end table with almost the exact same lines that I may paint to match. (Nothing like refurnishing the house with furniture from my to-do pyramid in the garage. 🙂 )

I used FrogTape Delicate Surface Tape (affiliate link) to tape off the pattern for this table. (Didn’t need delicate, but it’s what I grabbed.)

I've never had a sofa table here before and I'm thinking I just might keep this one.

Then I used FrogTape Multi-Surface Tape (affiliate link) for the pattern because it was narrower. I taped off the right side first, and painted in my pattern with two coats of Pure White chalk paint.

Frogtape is my favorite painting tape!

Then I removed the tape, including the center piece and did the left side the same way, using the pattern in the surface as my guide. If you want to create the same look but don’t have the grain in the furniture to guide you like I did, here’s how:

  • Tape the outer border edge of where you want your pattern to stop.
  • Find the center of the surface (depth-wise) and tape off on one side of the center as shown in the first in-progress photo.
  • Use a square or something that is perfectly square to trace around to create the “triangle” in the center of the pattern. Tape it off, then use the width of the tape as a guide to tape off your pattern from there. (Add a piece of tape, then butt another piece right next to it. Add the next piece right next to that. Then remove the previous piece and use it as a guide for the next “Stripe”.)
  • Paint two coats and remove the tape right away.
  • Repeat on the other side, making sure the pattern matches up with the first side.
  • Clear as mud? 😉

Give a plain table a cool update with pattern! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Give a plain table a cool update with pattern! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Give a plain table a cool update with pattern! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Give a plain table a cool update with pattern! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Give a plain table a cool update with pattern! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Create a one-of-a-kind furmniture piece with a fun pattern! This was a dated $10 Sofa Table I scored at a Yard Sale! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


This project is just in time for our GYDO party theme this Sunday:

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Patterned and Textured Projects!

Here’s what my talented co-hosts came up with for this fun challenge:

Patterned and Textured Projects

1. DIY Beach Painting from Artsy Chicks Rule

2. Bringing in Textures of Spring from House by Hoff

3. DIY Designer Look Drapery Panels from The Happy Housie

4. Carrot-Inspired Easter Pattern Pots  from The Hankful House

The party fun starts this Sunday, March 6th, at 7:00pm EST.

Bloggers, come share your awesome patterned and textured projects so we can inspire our readers!

I’ll be back tomorrow sharing how I redid this mirror. 🙂

Antique Mirror Before

UPDATE: You’re in luck! See it HERE now!

If you missed day #1 and #2 of this fun series, you can visit those makeovers here:

DIY tray before

DIY Tray from an Old Picture

Blue Bath Cabinet Before

Mini Shelf Makeover

See ya tomorrow!




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  1. Hi Christy, I am not able to do that with this precision…so once more…I admire you , and your big talent.
    keep it , it looks really nice in you living

  2. Morning Christy! I like how you were able to use the existing pattern on the table top to do the chevron stripes. The table is beautiful and I wouldn’t blame you a bit if you decided to keep it. One day I would like a sofa table too. I find them to be lovely. You brought a chuckle to my lips with your comment about decorating your home with your pyramid of items in your garage! I also wanted to tell you that I loved the photo of your boys in yesterday’s post. You see I have five grown sons and we have pictures like yours and they bring back so many precious memories. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Joanne! My to-do pyramid is slowly dwindling…just in time for yard sale season! I love being a boy Mom. I couldn’t imagine having a girl now, although I’m not sure how you did it with five boys! Kudos to you! 🙂

  3. Looks gorgeous in your room!! Definitely think you should keep it 🙂

  4. Really great pattern Christy- you make it look so easy and it goes perfect in your home 🙂

  5. Love your thoughts and design in using the original pattern on the top. It is exquisite.

  6. Oh I think you should keep it! It looks great there. I love it! 🙂

  7. Another great makeover! Using the tape to make a chevron pattern was a great idea to jazz up this table. I do think that you should keep it.

  8. I love the pattern. Just proves that something old can be given a fresh new look!

  9. Oooh, I love that table! You did such a great job with the pattern in the center!


  10. Everything you remake is so remarkable but I Love this table with the chevron pattern. Never would have thought of doing this .It looks spectacular. Great remake or re do.Keep them coming.Susie

  11. Love the Mercury glass. Please tell me you DIYed it, so I can too. ????

  12. That table is absolutely a keeper!
    I am very new to your blog and I am loving everything I see you have done.
    Thank you for beautiful ideas.

  13. love the pattern on the tabletop. Going to have to breakout the Annie Sloan and try it.

  14. Love this Christie!

  15. Beautiful! Love the pattern on the top!

  16. I redid a sofa table exactly like that one a few years ago – I like what you did with yours much better. Pinning to share. Have a great weekend Christy! xo

  17. I have a sofa table just like that in my closet area, but it’s stained a dark brown. I love the dimensions of the table, but not the look. I’ve been thinking about re-doing it for a while. Your’s turned out so well! I’m going to have to give mine a makeover this Spring!

    • This thing sat in my garage forever waiting for inspiration to strike. It wasn’t until I painted it that I saw the pattern in the top and that’s what gave me the idea for the pattern. Love when that happens. 🙂

  18. I have to locate a table like this at a thrift shop or garage sale!! It’s exactly what I am looking for!

  19. I’ve been trying to find a table just like that at yard sales! i so want one for my TV. Yours is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful job!


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