“Retro Fabulous” Table Makeover

Hi everyone, this is Jen from Girl in the Garage sharing another fun furniture makeover with you today!  I paint a lot of furniture and I often stick with safe, semi-neutral designs – but the pieces that become my favorites are the ones that I let go of “safe” and give myself freedom to experiment.  This is one of those pieces and it’s already one of my favorites!

This is a vintage table that I got at a yard sale this summer.  I immediately liked it because it was different – and I could tell at one time that it was a very special piece. However the gold was wearing off the metal and it really needed a major update to make it house-worthy again.

I had a blast with this project – I painted it a bit funky and I love how it turned out!

All of the products I used were already in my garage.

First I dismantled the whole thing.  I took the brackets outside and painted them with Rustoleum Metallic Gold spray paint to bring them back to their former glory.  (Afterward I protected them with Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel spray paint.)

For the two shelves, I measured where the center was and drew a dot there.  Then I used Frogtape to randomly section off parts for painting- I just used paint I already had: white latex, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, and Rustoleum oil-based metallic gold paint.

I painted opposite sections the same color for consistency.

You may have seen this sneak peek if you follow me on Instagram:

When the tops were finished I painted the legs black and the feet were touched up with gold.  Then I applied some of Annie Sloan’s clear wax over all the black and white parts and put everything back together again.  I was a little worried about the wax dulling the gold so I also sprayed a bit of the Rustoleum Enamel spray over everything to keep some shine.

When I was trying to come up with a term to describe this table makeover, immediately I came up with “retro fabulous.”  It definitely has a glamorous throwback vibe, don’t you think?  I love how sometimes furniture can be art for your home.

 Thanks for letting me share my newest favorite piece of furniture with you guys!

Besides this table, I also gave my blog a makeover this week- I’d love to know what you think!  😉


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Recent posts on my blog:

Girl in Paris: Part 1

Girl in London

Gilded Twin Tables

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