Vintage Coffee Table Makeover

Vintage Table Before and After

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve shared any new projects, but trust me that doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing any. The truth is, we just moved into a new house and I have so much painting and decorating to do, I’m practically up to my eyeballs in it.

The great news is, I now have a clean slate to work with and a ton of ideas for painted furniture projects. Of course, that means I have to get searching for the perfect pieces to paint.

Today, I thought I’d share my first furniture painting project for the new house. I am turning one of the rooms in our new house into a completely fun and whimsical playroom for the baby monster. She’s a girly girl, but as much of a girl as she is, we don’t really get into the whole “pink” thing. Oh sure, we have some pink but rather than just go all pink to decorate with, which will be outdated the second she decides she’s not a baby anymore, we opted to decorate her playroom with shades of turquoise, white, black, silver and yes…some pink.

I came across this really retro coffee table and two matching end tables for a mere $40 for all three pieces (end tables are gigantic!). The end table project will come later, but the coffee table I knew would be perfect as the TV stand in my daughter’s playroom. I loved the pretty and quite girly design on the front of the doors. The hardware, although heavily tarnished, was beautiful. Beautiful? This thing?

Vintage 80's Coffee Table

Ok, let’s just say it. This coffee table is UGLY. You know it. I know it. We all know it. Of course, you know as well as I do that all you really need is a bit of vision to see the possible outcomes of painted furniture. It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do for something. Although, I must admit, the real reason I jumped on this set was because way back in the 80’s when I was a little girl, my mother had this exact same set hanging out in our living room. I still remember hiding in those cabinets in the end tables.

I absolutely love how this table turned out. The turquoise chalk paint was just a basic can of flat paint with my chalk paint recipe mixture added to it. I really like working with the homemade chalk paint so that I can use any color I want, without being tied to pre-made chalk paint color mixes.

I did end up doing two coats of paint on this piece, even though normally I only do one. With this particular piece of furniture, I really didn’t want much of the wood showing through and I didn’t plan to distress it much. Mainly, I only wanted the darker wood to show through on the doors and on the edge that goes around the top of the table. Mission accomplished!

Hardware Details

I did remove all of the hardware before I got started because I knew from the start that the hardware needed to be painted to get rid of that tarnished look. I wanted just a soft black to match other things I plan to have going on in the playroom, so I went with Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I know you’ve seen me use this product on several projects including my brass lamp project and the hardware on my red painted dresser.

After the paint was completely dry, I also applied some Annie Sloan clear furniture wax to not only shine it up a bit, but also to make sure that the paint had some protection against the sticky hands of a toddler and her crayons.

Vintage Coffee Table Makeover in Turquoise


Every time I look at this table I fall more and more in love with it! What do you think of that yummy color?

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