Antique Side Table with Refreshed New Look

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There is no doubt in my mind that when I see side tables in need of some lovin’, that I have a soft spot. Any and all sizes, shapes, and degree of dilapidated states are my weakness. Can you blame me when I spied this antique side table that I got weak in the knees? I know I’m not alone, c’mon now. tsk. (giveaway alert!!)

Antique Side Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comYou may not remember, but a couple of years ago I found an almost identical table and gave it a new look too. It has been one of my popular posts you can see HERE where I showcased one of my favorite furniture colors. As you can imagine, it was tempting to use that same color again, but this time around I thought I’d change it up.

This antique side table was in great shape with a few cosmetic flaws. It had some decent gouges to the top, water rings, and nicks to the legs and skirt. All minor and certainly worth repairing. Isn’t that inlay fabulous?

Antique Table Top in Need of Refinishing | prodigalpieces.com

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I couldn’t wait to get started to see this beauty shine again. To start, I used my favorite sander to gently take the finish off and reveal that gorgeous grain. It came off so easily since it was well worn.

Sanding Down Table Top with DeWalt Sander by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

aaahhh…now that’s better. I have a serious affinity for wood. Most of the pieces in my home are in their original state in dark finishes with damage and all, but seeing pieces refreshed makes my heart happy too.

Beautiful Inlay on Antique Side Table | prodigalpieces.com

Now that the sanding is done it’s time to start the new look for the legs. My go-to brushes are my favorite Zibra brushes. Why? The give me effortless finishes and since there are so many types of brushes to choose from I can always find the right one for the job. For these turned legs and intricate details, I chose to use my Round Brush. Looks like someone isn’t too enthralled with my work…haha.

Painting Antique Side Table Legs with Round Zibra Paint Brush by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I gotta tell ya that I had planned to use my favorite Drop Cloth paint by Dixie Belle, but I had run out and didn’t know it. Bummer! I went to an old standby instead. The difference between the two was night and day. I missed my Dixie Belle!

This shot isn’t the best, but those bristles on the round brush power right into those nooks and crannies without having to dip often.

Painting Table Skirt with Zibra Paint Brushes | prodigalpieces.com

While the first coat of paint was curing, I went back to the top. My round brush even makes a perfect waxing brush too. Instead of using the same brush for my paint, I use an old round one that does the job beautifully. The white wax is one of my favorite soothing ways to finish. It allows the grain to pick up the white and make the wood oh so soft to see and touch.

Waxing Table Top with Zibra Paint Brush and Dixie Belle White Wax by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Once I apply the wax I buff it to desired finish with a soft cotton cloth. For an added touch, I also applied a coat of my Brown Wax. It deepened the color giving it an aged appeal.

After a second coat of paint and letting it cure, it’s time to create some dimension. Using more of the Brown Wax and a round artists brush, I hit the details to draw out all those fantastic details. After that, I lightly distress for even more time-worn appeal.

Adding Brown Wax to Highlight Details of this Antique Side Table by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And…this lovely lady is finished.

Antique Side Table with Time-worn Finish. Details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I must say that I am smitten with it for all the lovely features it has…especially that inlay on top.

Antique Table with Gorgeous Wood Inlay by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Pitchers of Hydrangeas on Antique Table with Beautiful Inlay | prodigalpieces.com

My dried hydrangeas are still my favorite thing as they continue to give me joy in so many ways throughout our home. Do you have any in your garden? If not, you’ll want to add some limelights soon! {{tee hee}} My littlest says they look like tiny butterflies. I agree.

Hydrangea Arrangements in Pewter and Steel Pitchers. Beautiful display by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Dried Limelight Hydrangea display by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m pleased with my latest makeover and hope you are too – even inspired to give your dated pieces some lovin’. This antique side table is now available in my shop and would make a great addition to most any decor.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Antique Side Table with Hydrangea Flowers by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Time for some giveaway fun! I just love inspiring you to give DIY a try, so Zibra and I are offering this awesome set of brushes to one of you.

Set of Zibra Paint Brushes for Furniture, Home and Anything DIY | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

IMPORTANT: Next week on the 28th I am in a contest along with 4 other bloggers to give this same set a fun artistic makeover using our creative talents. Up for grabs for one of the bloggers is $350!! Please mark your calendars and be sure to vote for this mama…I want to win! Plus I have a fun event for you too, so stay tuned.

For today’s giveaway – easy entry, just fill out the widget below to complete as many entries as you like (daily even). Open to U.S. & Canada residents 18 years of age and older. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Be sure to check your spam!

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Oh, how beautiful! This side table needed some TLC and Larissa of Prodigal Pieces gave it a refreshed new look. Details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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104 Comments

  • Karen R

    As usual a great job. Looks fantastic!

    November 21, 2017 at 6:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Karen. 🙂

      November 21, 2017 at 7:22 am Reply
  • Deb

    Just Lovely! I have a table that needs painting, maybe this is it!

    November 21, 2017 at 6:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! Sounds like a plan.

      November 21, 2017 at 7:23 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    I love the classic look. The top is so lovely and the wax enhances the detail.

    November 21, 2017 at 6:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s my kinda decor for sure. Thank you for the love, Debra.

      November 21, 2017 at 7:23 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    Well done. Love the design and detail of the table. I remembering my mother had a table very much like this.My roll-top home office desk could really use a good coat of paint.
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity

    November 21, 2017 at 6:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They just have such a unique feel to them. So glad you like it, Colleen.

      November 21, 2017 at 7:23 am Reply
  • JamieK

    Wow what a difference! Love that paint color!

    November 21, 2017 at 7:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! Thanks so much, Jamie.

      November 21, 2017 at 7:24 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Love it! Another beautiful piece. You are such an inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway.

    November 21, 2017 at 7:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure to share. Thanks!

      November 21, 2017 at 7:24 am Reply
  • Nancy

    That is such a lovely table. I’m going to be on the look out for one. Your creativity amazes me. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    November 21, 2017 at 7:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oooh…hope you find one! 😀 Thank you for the encouragement, Nancy.

      November 21, 2017 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Becky

    Very nice! Wax makes all the difference, huh?

    November 21, 2017 at 7:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I just love how wax enhances and finishes off a piece.

      November 21, 2017 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Daniel Pearson

    I desperately need new brushes but can’t rationalize spending money on myself till after Christmas. Fingers crossed..

    November 21, 2017 at 8:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I know the feeling. I never splurge on me. 🙂

      November 21, 2017 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Carole

    Oh WOW! I think this is one of my favorites. I love the contrast and would love to have me a set of those brushes!

    November 21, 2017 at 8:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! I think it’s one of mine too. Thanks so much, Carole.

      November 21, 2017 at 8:12 am Reply
  • Melissa Storms

    I have a blonde oak table that was our dining table for many, many years. I love the legs and kept it not really knowing what I was going to do with it. I also have a hutch from a dresser we got rid of and an empty corner in my kitchen. I plan to cobble together a kitchen baking area with both painted in chalk paint. These brushes would be fantastic since the legs are kind of elaborate and could use a special brush for the paint to be smooth.

    November 21, 2017 at 8:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That sounds like an awesome DIY project that will bless you in more ways than one. Hope you win!

      November 21, 2017 at 8:12 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    Beautiful and practical, I love your makeovers! Hope you and your family enjoy this week of Thanksgiving 🙂

    November 21, 2017 at 8:21 am Reply
  • dianne a

    I see what you do with the Zibra brushes all the time, sure want to win these!

    November 21, 2017 at 8:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I wish I had sets for you all!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:14 pm Reply
  • Ilene

    So pretty….as always.

    November 21, 2017 at 8:23 am Reply
  • Dodie

    Lovely, as always. You have such a knack for creating something beautiful out of Plain Janes. Even better, to teach your kids usefull skills that they will always have forever and ever. PLUS showing them that salvaging can be quite challenging yet so fulfilling while helping the environment all at once. Very admirable quality about you. I enjoy watching you use those brushes – maybe now, I can use them, too. Maybe.

    November 21, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet, Dodie, and your words mean the world to me. Thank you!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm Reply
  • Allison

    I love everything you do! You have inspired me to start painting furniture again. I need those Zibra brushes!!

    November 21, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hip, hip, hooray!! Thank you for the sweet words, Allison. Happy to hear you are inspired!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm Reply
  • Diana Jude

    I have an antique side that is round with curvy legs I use the round brush on.

    November 21, 2017 at 8:29 am Reply
  • Brenda

    Love the way this wonderful table came out!

    November 21, 2017 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Pat

    As usual, this is a beautiful piece. I so admire your work!

    November 21, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for sending love, Pat. 🙂

      November 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm Reply
  • Lee Oliverio

    This is so lovely! I have so many projects pending, but my dining table and chairs would have to be the priority. Thanks for the inspiration!

    November 21, 2017 at 8:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be perfect with the holidays approaching. Yay!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm Reply
  • Sue Carr

    Love the finish using two colors of wax! Going to give that technique a try very soon.

    November 21, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome! I’d love to see it when you do.

      November 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm Reply
  • Alison S

    I have some chairs I’d like to paint.

    November 21, 2017 at 9:15 am Reply
  • Sandra

    The table looks lovely.

    Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 21, 2017 at 9:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Same to you, Sandra!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm Reply
  • Carol Dean

    I love the feminine softness of the table. It doesn’t shout, it just whispers. My dining room table, which was from my parents house needs some love. I like how you leave / fix the wood finish instead of painting it up!

    November 21, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You totally got what I was after, Carol. High five!!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Beautiful transformation, now I know how to transform my old find! Thanks for sharing this idea.

    November 21, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Excellent! That makes me smile. 😀

      November 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • Barb B

    This little table is stunning! Love the additional detailing to give it an aged beauty. It’s lovely! Also, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    November 21, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So fun for me to get to work on these pieces. They have much to offer. Same happy wishes to you!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm Reply
  • Jolinda

    I am so happy you left the wood on the top and just waxed it. The grain is so beautiful. One of my favorite things is to paint the bottom and leave the top waxed or stained. Great job.

    November 21, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Absolutely. I couldn’t hide that lovely design.

      November 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm Reply
  • Kristen

    I have the brushes on my Christmas list. I need to finish the bookcase and then our dining table needs some love.

    November 21, 2017 at 9:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hope you get your wish!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm Reply
  • Janice

    Your work always blows me away! I look forward to seeing what you’re doing every day!

    November 21, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made me blush, Janice. Thank you!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm Reply
  • Maureen Clipperton

    Nice job! I have a couple wall hanging that need a coat of paint. Would love to win this giveaway. Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 21, 2017 at 10:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks and same to you. 🙂

      November 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm Reply
  • Robyn Wright

    I can’t believe you found another of these tables. Wonderful! I have am old china cabinet that keeps staring at me asking for a new paint job. 🙂

    November 21, 2017 at 10:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. eep!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa, this table is so beautiful, I love the wood grain as the shinning star on this table! The combination of finishes really compliments this piece! Thank you for the opportunity to enter for the Zibra brushes. Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving with your family..

    November 21, 2017 at 11:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It had to be made center stage…I love it! Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

      November 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm Reply
  • Regina S

    Really great table!

    November 21, 2017 at 11:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm Reply
  • Crystal

    Great job, it looks lovely!

    November 21, 2017 at 11:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Crystal.

      November 21, 2017 at 5:20 pm Reply
  • Paula

    I knew that you would make this pretty, but I must say I gasped when I got to the finished photo. Wow! I was thinking this might be my favorite redo of yours. You did the top justice. But what you did with the bottom knocked my socks off! You really brought out those details (I didn’t even notice in the before picture). And the two (top and bottom) together are perfectly contrasting and complimentary at the same time. Now, like I said, I WAS thinking this was my favorite…then I thought I’d better go look at that aqua blue table that you mentioned…Well I was really smitten with that one with the blue and that shell (like how you made that stand out!). More so than ever needing a table like that for my home, I just so appreciate the artistry. I promise that if I win the brushes, I will paint every wooden thing that stands up or hangs in my home!

    November 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are hilarious, Paula!! And a gal after my own heart. haha!!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:20 pm Reply
  • Elaine

    Another beautiful makeover! I don’t know how you part with them…my house would be standing room only!

    November 21, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      If had room… 😉

      November 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm Reply
  • Pamela

    I have a table almost like this one that my father-in-law gave me years ago that’s in great shape. I have debated for awhile to paint it but every time I think about doing it I chicken out and just give it a nice oil rub down and it looks beautiful and move on to the next project, lol. I love my round brush, I’ve done a couple of items with spindles. These tables look way nicer when you finish with them, great job as usual. I’ll be sure to vote for you as many times as I can next week as you are my favorite mama 💕

    November 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I don’t blame you. I do the same to my own pieces. I love the stories they have.

      November 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    Every week I look forward to your posts. What a gift God has given you. Another awesome job. I just saw the other one and let me say I did a WOW. Love that color. My addiction with furniture is the details on them and my kids keep saying no more Mom lol. Great job on this as well! Happy Thanksgiving Larissa…

    November 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So cool to hear! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Bonnie. Happy Thanksgiving!!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm Reply
  • Ann

    Love the way you highlighted the detail in the table with the dark wax. I would love a set of the Zibra brushes that you use on your projects. They would be perfect to help me rejuvenate a childs sized desk that I purchased for my niece at a thrift shop for $10.

    November 21, 2017 at 2:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m glad you like it, Ann. Sounds like a fun project. She will love it!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Karen Baumgardner

    Very pretty, but then I always love your make-overs ! I anxiously await your new posts, and can’t wait to see that finished kitchen..thanks for sharing.

    November 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…hugs to you, Karen!

      November 21, 2017 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Fonda Rush

    I have a bookshelf that needs a good painting, so I’d use the brushes for that.

    November 21, 2017 at 2:52 pm Reply
  • Sue Pagels

    I do really like the legs, but my own personal taste, I would have loved to have seen a dark stained and poly’ed top! Great table though!

    November 21, 2017 at 6:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I said and showed in my post that I didn’t want to replicate the table I had previously done which was the dark top.

      November 21, 2017 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • Lisa Wilson

    Such a beautiful job as always and I so love the hydrangeas! I do not have a green thumb so I envy yours .

    November 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm Reply
  • malinda pelkey

    Stunning piece!

    November 21, 2017 at 7:56 pm Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    Love those legs, too. Reminds me of a bench I painted with similar legs.

    November 21, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They were fun to bring out.

      November 21, 2017 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • Mary

    I love how you used the brown was to highlight the piece. Beautiful. those brushes look like they are amazing to use. I would love a set.

    November 21, 2017 at 9:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They are such wonderful brushes, Mary. Thank you for the compliments.

      November 23, 2017 at 6:01 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    I’m also a table-lover and I couldn’t have passed up this one either. Beautiful! I’d most likely use new brushes on a table of my own. Hope you win, Larissa !!

    November 21, 2017 at 9:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds good and thank you for the vote, Patty! 😀

      November 23, 2017 at 6:02 am Reply
  • Denise C

    I love what you did with this table. You have inspired me to try this on my coffee table. Do you think I could try this on a table with a veneer top?

    November 22, 2017 at 12:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Well, my table was a veneer inlay, so I don’t see why not. 🙂

      November 23, 2017 at 6:02 am Reply
  • Mary Kaiser

    That turned out lovely, you are so creative. I really hope that I win the brushes, I love painting furniture and it looks so easy with those brushes. Thanks for the inspiration and for having the contest.

    November 22, 2017 at 3:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They certainly make the job more enjoyable. You will love them!

      November 23, 2017 at 6:02 am Reply
  • Shelly

    First thing I would paint is a table I have with spindle legs with guess which brush?!

    November 22, 2017 at 7:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You got it! 😀

      November 23, 2017 at 6:05 am Reply
  • Kathy E.

    I do love your table, Larissa! You always know exactly what to do to make it beautiful!
    I would use the Zibra brushes on an old bookcase I have that needs a new “life”!

    November 22, 2017 at 9:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Bookcases always seem to need lovin’, don’t they? 😉 Thank you for the kinds words, Kathy.

      November 23, 2017 at 6:05 am Reply
  • Michelle Ward

    I want to paint my old dresser in my bedroom. My home needs some brightening up. I have the urge to go through and paint everything white.

    November 23, 2017 at 10:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I don’t blame you. It’s refreshing and the perfect blank slate.

      November 24, 2017 at 8:58 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Beautiful makeover, Larissa! You may have just provided the inspiration I needed for a coffee table with an inlaid top that just wasn’t selling in my booth. White wax to the rescue!

    December 2, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I know what you mean about those kinds of pieces. Hope it helps and thanks for the love!

      December 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm Reply

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