Vintage Coffee Table Makeover

By on October 3, 2014
Vintage Coffee Table Before

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 Oh sure, we have some pink but rather than just go all pink to decorate with, which will be outdated the second she decides she’s not a baby anymore, we opted to decorate her playroom with shades of turquoise, white, black, silver and yes…some pink.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 Coffee Table Before

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!

Vintage Coffee Table Painted

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 After

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

About Misty Spears

I absolutely love all things DIY, especially when it comes to decorating my own home. I’m a thrift store junkie and my head just explodes with ideas to repurpose old junk into something practical and beautiful when I come across that perfect treasure. I’m a wood furniture rebel and try to paint every surface I can to bring color into my life. My life revolves around my family and enjoying every moment that life serves up to me. You can connect with me on Twitter @diyhomeinterior, Instagram @mistyspears and see my pins on Pinterest for a sneak peak into all the DIY projects I am working on and crazy life happenings.


  1. Denise

    October 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    OMG I have a piece of furniture that looks almost like this sitting next to me right now in my computer room. Many times I thought about what it would look like painted and seeing yours I’m absolutely in love it!

    • Misty Spears

      October 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Well you should get on that and paint it! Send me pics if you do Denise or share them on our Facebook page. I love seeing new projects!

  2. Alexandria Gunn

    October 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    What an amazing transformation. Personally, I don’t like the blue color but I bet it will work great in your daughter’s playroom. It definitely looks so much better than the original look. Good luck with the rest of your projects.

    • Misty Spears

      October 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks Alexandria. I’m not normally a “blue” person either, but it does go perfect with the decor. My own personal style…I’m more of a red girl!

  3. Tamala

    October 3, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    l love this! This reminds me of how much I love painting and restoring old furniture. I am big on picking up old or used furniture and painting it. i LOVE IT and this looks so beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration on this day!

    • Misty Spears

      October 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Old ad used furniture are my favorite…ok well free is even better! I’m happy to provide inspiration and I can’t wait to show you guys more projects!

  4. Cynthia Dixon

    October 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm


    You really seem to have a knack for this type of thing. I love what you did with that old ugly piece of furniture. Those dated pieces from the 70s and 80s are so ornate and huge!! I’ve got some pieces I need to get rid of.

    Please show us the room once everything is all set up. I’d love to see what it looks like with this piece in it.

    • Misty Spears

      October 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Oh I will definitely do a full toddler playroom post with the entire room from start to finish when I’m done. I really need to get a more “scaled” picture of this as well. The coffee table is rather small but I can’t wait to show off the end tables. You won’t believe how massive they are. It’s almost as if they don’t go together. Bring those 70s and 80s pieces over here to me. Ill paint em! lol

  5. jenn alex brockman

    October 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    That is my favorite color right now. I don’t have a good place to do this kind of stuff, otherwise I’d be broke buying supplies and finishing furniture I don’t need.

    • Misty Spears

      October 4, 2014 at 3:34 am

      I hear ya! Since we moved into our new house my husband keeps telling me that I’ve become a horder and I need help…and it’s only been 2 weeks since we’ve been here. I can’t stop bringing home lost and stray…furniture that is. :)

  6. Mel Day

    October 3, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Now that’s a great transformation from clunky to funky! I have some old nested tables that are family treasures but are old and dark. Might dig them out of the garage and give them a new lease of life!

    • Misty Spears

      October 4, 2014 at 3:35 am

      Definitely! Old, clunky and dark are the best ones to paint in my opinion.

  7. Bonnie Gean

    October 4, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I’m still trying to recover from the color. ROFL It looks fabulous, but this sky blue isn’t my color. You did a great job on it though!

    Do you have a dark sofa and chairs? Is it possible to see the table placed in your living room? :)

    • Misty Spears

      October 6, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Oh goodness Bonnie, I’d never put this in my living room! My living room as of right now is actually completely empty as I hunt for new furniture for the new house, but my future living room will be much more elegant and have a more neutral palette with touches of subtle color. This is actually for my 2 year old’s playroom which I am doing lots of bright turquoise in. :)

  8. Victoria Virgo

    October 4, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    What a great job. I know that I wouldn’t have the patience. It looks lovely :)

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