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Vintage End Table

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Remember these Vintage End Tables?  I bet you do!  If you didn’t grow up with one, chances are you know someone who did.  Which is exactly why, when a friend of mine saw this one at a thrift store, she was overcome with nostalgia and just had to buy it.  All it needed was a little TLC, which I was more than happy to give.

This end table had definitely seen it’s better days….I’m guessing somewhere back in the 70’s.  But despite the scuffs and scratches, it was still a sturdy little piece of furniture.



As always, I started by sanding it.  This allowed me to not only prep it for painting, but to get rid of all the scratches.  I used my electric sander for the flat surfaces, and then sanded the more ornate balusters and legs by hand.

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With everything sanded and wiped clean, this vintage end table was ready for painting.  My friend asked me to paint it black to fit her Paris-themed guest bedroom.  But as I started painting, I had another idea.


Using a sprayer, I painted everything but the top tier of the table black.  (BTW, I recommend a satin finish when painting furniture.  It gives just the right amount of sheen, and unlike flat paint, allows for better cleaning.)  I then rolled an antique white onto the top tier of the table, and decided to add just a tiny bit more white to each of the balusters.


I remembered seeing these awesome vintage french designs on and thought that was exactly what this end table needed.  So I hand painted the lettering from one of these old graphics onto the table top.  Because I did this by hand, it came out completely imperfect, but that’s exactly the look I wanted.

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A quick coat of polyurethane over the whole thing, and this Vintage End Table is done.  It went from tired retro to fabulously French and trés chic!  Oooh la la!


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4 Responses to Vintage End Table

  1. Sylvia Sotelo October 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Growing up, my family had these end tables. It sure was beat up before and now it looks beautiful Marcy!

    • Marcy October 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

      Thanks, Sylvia. Isn’t it funny how pretty much everyone had one of these tables. I, seriously, couldn’t believe it when my friend showed it to me. Brings back memories, for sure.

  2. Sally V Quevedo October 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    What a great transformation!

    • Marcy October 13, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

      Thanks, Sally. One of these days we have to redo that china cabinet of yours. It would be so fun to work on a project together.

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