Farmhouse Side Table ~ How to Update Your Look

Earlier this week I showed you I took a curbside changing table my dad salvaged for me and turned it into a cart. I promised I would be back with more of my dad’s haul for me, and today’s the day. Out of the loot below, I’m tackling that table and turning into a farmhouse side table. Let me show you how easy it can be to update your home into the farmhouse style.

Curbside Finds from my Dad | Prodigal Pieces |

Okay, so this table is not only showcasing that gorgeous orange stain (insert sarcasm), it is also standing on a broken leg. (aka. hot mess) See the back left?

Side Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

The top was scratched to oblivion because it is made of pine with a veneer to boot, but was solid enough it could be saved. The turned legs and decorative edging, though falling off, was enough to make me try to save this piece.

Curbside Side Table Top Damage |

Now let’s look at the broken leg. At some point, someone did a really bad repair job by drilling in four screws after removing 1″ chunks around the perimeter. I assume they were trying to get the damaged leg off.

Broken Table Leg |

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This was where I was like, well…let’s see what we can do. So I use my drill to back out those screws to find this…

Table Leg Bolt |

Okay, so that’s one jerry-rigged table. ahahaha… Well, only thing to do is remove that bolt and give it a go my style. To solve this leg dilemma, I used my spade bit and drill to make new holes that would house a solid wood dowel.

Repairing Broken Table Leg |

This would give me the tight join and support I was after for our farmhouse side table. After using some wood glue and wood filler to repair the damage, I clamped it all together to dry overnight.

Clamping Glued Table Leg |

Once all was dry, it was time for the fun part. Woot! My sander came out to play to see if I could save any of that wood top, but alas the pressed board had been peeking through too much. This is where my littlest couldn’t wait to join in. She knew just what to do and grabbed a rag to wipe it all down.

Toddler Helping Mama Clean |

She’s so proud of herself. awww… Then it was time to add a soft white to tone down that punkin’ orange.

My Palm Pro also comes in handy to refresh this orange little beast. Looking good already, wouldn’t you say?

Dixie Belle Paint in Drop Cloth with Stubby Brush by Prodigal Pieces |

Little girl got her apron on and even asked for her bandanna to “protect her hair”. She’s rockin’ it. And I gotta tell ya that that’s the best part about this paint – safe to use around my kids and so easy to apply that even a toddler can do it.

Toddler Girl Painting Farmhouse Side Table by Prodigal Pieces |

Once two coats were applied and cured, little girl and I distressed the paint to give it dimension. Then, I applied a poly topcoat to give it long-lasting protection.


Ready to see our new and improved farmhouse side table? Here it is!

Farmhouse Style Vignette with Side Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Rustic Farmhouse Side Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

It’s looking refreshed already. It has that look we’re after by just updating the paint and pull. I happened to have a spare antique glass knob that suit this just right.

White Farmhouse Side Table by Prodigal Pieces |

Little girl even helped me pick out some wallpaper from my vintage stash to line the drawer. She’s such an awesome helper!

Top View of White Farmhouse Table |

I’m certainly pleased with the outcome with the leg repair and hope you are too. Just goes to show that a bit of TLC can go a long way. No need to break the bank to get the look you’re after in your home.

Farmhouse Vignette with Ladder Back Chairs and Refreshed Side Table by Prodigal Pieces |

You can find this table, the pillows, and even a few other goodies like the paint brushes available in my shop. (SOLD)

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How to Add Farmhouse Style to Your Decor on a Budget by Prodigal Pieces |

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Want the farmhouse look, but on a budget? Let Prodigal Pieces show you how easy it can be. A farmhouse side table makeover you'll want to see. | Prodigal Pieces |

Up next, that sad looking piano bench in the pile above will be getting new life. Head here to see that bench and see what those wooden pieces became here.

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More DIY projects like this farmhouse side table:

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  • Karen

    The table looks great and I loved seeing your little girl in her apron & bandana. So cute

    August 10, 2017 at 6:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t help but smile at her. She had at it and couldn’t be stopped! haha..

      August 10, 2017 at 6:37 am Reply
  • Paula

    Great makeover! I tried Dixie Belle paint and really liked it. The Gator Hide protective finish is a new one to me and looks to be a great product.

    August 10, 2017 at 6:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Of all the paints I’ve tried out there, this was had me oohing out of the jar. Glad to hear you like it too, Paula.

      August 10, 2017 at 6:37 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Great save. Your daughter is so precious. Would you believe I discovered a very similar table that I forgot I had under a pile of stuff in my garage? It must have been a popular design back in the day. And Dixie Belle paint is fantastic!

    August 10, 2017 at 6:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Great minds hoard, I mean find, (ahem) alike! Yes, it sure was a popular style. Glad to hear you love Dixie Belle too!

      August 10, 2017 at 6:38 am Reply
  • Wendy

    The table turned out beautiful with the Dixie Belle Paint. I would refinish a table that also has the orange finish like your table did. PS Your daughter is adorable helper.

    August 10, 2017 at 6:33 am Reply

    Love your mad fix-it skills!

    August 10, 2017 at 7:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Mad is right…mwahahaha!! 😀 Thank you.

      August 10, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply
  • Kim

    I have a hutch and I’m thinkin that drop vloth is probably just the right color!

    August 10, 2017 at 7:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      ooh…so many possibilities!!

      August 10, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply
  • Christina in FL

    Sweet makeover! Thank you for the details on the fix also. 🙂 Have to get some clamps for sure. Your daughter is over the top adorable. 🙂 Love the paint and just the right amount of distressing. Thanks for all the tips!

    August 10, 2017 at 7:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I need more clamps, the heavy duty kind as my hubs keeps breaking them! haha. Thanks for the love!

      August 10, 2017 at 7:55 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    Oh, how I love what you had done to that cute little table.
    I have a small 3 drawer dresser and is in desperate need of a make over.
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity

    August 10, 2017 at 7:28 am Reply
    • ColleenB.~Texas


      August 10, 2017 at 7:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much! Sounds like the perfect project piece.

      August 10, 2017 at 7:55 am Reply
  • Jewell Styles

    Love how you figure out how to fix broken things. I would make over a buffet with the paint.

    August 10, 2017 at 7:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s kinds like a challenge and brain exercise for me. I love it. Thanks for the encouraging words. 🙂

      August 10, 2017 at 7:56 am Reply
  • Phyllis Gethers

    I love the look, I am always trying to decide whether to paint or save the wood tone. I know you say you save wood when you can. Does it sell as well as painted? The first thing I will paint is. A sofa table

    August 10, 2017 at 7:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I always go by value first, damage, then sellability. I prefer a wood/paint combo myself and so do my audience. But, when done right both sell well. Paint is still hot, but I see wood coming back in.

      August 10, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply
  • Sue

    I have two end tables and a coffee table that need this paint ?

    August 10, 2017 at 7:59 am Reply
  • Carole

    Looks so much better! Every piece of furniture that my dad made has that AWFUL orange stain on it. I can’t find enough paint to cover it all! 🙂

    August 10, 2017 at 8:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha!! Too funny!

      August 10, 2017 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Cj


    August 10, 2017 at 8:31 am Reply
  • Judy Miller

    What a fantastic make over/repair! Thanks for showing your repair work, so informative. Keep up the great blogging.

    August 10, 2017 at 8:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My absolute pleasure, Judy. Thank you!

      August 10, 2017 at 8:47 am Reply
  • Genia


    August 10, 2017 at 8:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Fantastic to hear. Thanks!

      August 10, 2017 at 8:47 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    Great job as always. I have some end tables crying out for a Dixie Belle makeover as well!

    August 10, 2017 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! This paint is not only good, but a vast selection of colors, stencils, stains…so much to love!

      August 10, 2017 at 8:51 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    That table looks so good now! Another orphan rescued and given a 2nd chance! ?
    I have an old chair that needs to be redone so I’d paint it first with Dixie Belle paint if I won! Thanks for the chance to win!

    August 10, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! Thanks, Cecilia.

      August 10, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Lorna Merrifield

    ADORABLE!!! Am thinking about using that color on my chair!

    August 10, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It goes with anything and is such a soothing soft white.

      August 10, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Rhonda

    Your daughter is lovely. And so is the table!

    August 10, 2017 at 8:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks on both accounts. 🙂

      August 10, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Sian

    I’m inspired. I have a coffee table that needs this look.

    August 10, 2017 at 9:01 am Reply
  • Raylene

    Love the new look of the little kitchen side table! I admire your creativity and hope to purchase some Dixie Belle paint to use on a small drop leaf table that used to be my grandmother’s. Here’s hoping I can do it justice with some guidance from your posts. Your little Miss is a cutie!

    August 10, 2017 at 9:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We had a blast working together. Thank you!

      August 10, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Lee Ann Oliverio

    Beautiful finish, and your little girl is so cute in her bandana and apron! She put a smile on my face this morning. I have an entire huge king bedroom suite that looks like this table “before!” I’m going to use my home right sprayer on it, thank you so very much 🙂

    August 10, 2017 at 9:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      She cracks me up, and so reminds me of me. haha!! Thanks Lee Ann.

      August 10, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    I love the table the paint color was a good choice. And your daughter is so cute I just want to hug her!!

    August 10, 2017 at 9:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It matches most anything and is why it’s a favorite. She is a doll!

      August 10, 2017 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Dana

    I am glad I am not the only one who likes to rescue “hopeless” furniture. It’s not that I am super green or anything, but I do enjoy making something out of nothing. Freebies are the best! You did a wonderful job on this table and what a difference can be made with a little work, and some quality finishing with good chalk paint. Keep up the good work! I enjoy the blog, it is inspiring.

    August 10, 2017 at 9:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They kinda find me and beg me for new life. haha! Thanks so much, Dana.

      August 10, 2017 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Deb

    Your table looks perfect! You and your Daughter did a wonderful job. I am working on my second desk I think Dixie Belle Paint would do nicely!

    August 10, 2017 at 9:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the love, Deb. We had such fun!

      August 10, 2017 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Karen Sweitzer

    This is a great little makeover!! Paint truly makes a huge difference. . . . and. . your sweet “baby” is getting to be a big girl!! She is darling.

    August 10, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, she sure is…sniff. Thank you, Karen. 🙂

      August 10, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply
  • Angie Foster

    Beautiful restoration! As usual, you do AWESOME work! Thanks for sharing with us!

    August 10, 2017 at 9:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You made my day, Angie. Thanks!

      August 10, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply
  • Kathy E.

    I love this makeover and the photos of your little sweetie-pie helping are just the best! My son has 2 of these side tables that I bought at an auction several years ago. You’ve given me hope that I can update them to look like yours. They look fantastic!

    August 10, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That sounds like the perfect project, Kathy. So fun to give them new life. 🙂

      August 10, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply
  • Yolanda Acevedo

    Sweet transformation!
    Cute little apprentice!?
    To be honest, I have never used Dixie Belle paints, I do love the smooth coverage!
    Thanks for the giveaway!?

    August 10, 2017 at 10:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You will be blown away, literally. So cool!

      August 10, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply
  • Vanessa

    What an amazing transformation…you are so talented! I enjoy your blog so much and the inspiration it brings. I recently bought a beach cottage (my future retirement home) and have filled it with rescued craigs list finds…including a queen-size bed with beautiful carvings on the head and foot boards. I plan on giving it a makeover…and it would look so beautiful painted with a “beachy” Dixie Belle color.

    August 10, 2017 at 10:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      High five to you, Vanessa! That’s half the fun of creating your home story. Enjoy!

      August 10, 2017 at 11:20 am Reply
  • Marie

    Your little helper is so adorable! Love that she wanted a bandana and apron – precious. Oh, and the table looks good as new too, better than new!

    August 10, 2017 at 10:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I had to giggle over and over at how serious she was. So fun to have my kids working beside me.

      August 10, 2017 at 11:20 am Reply
  • Anna Arthur

    Great transformation, I would have probably passed this one by. would love to try those paints!

    August 10, 2017 at 10:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You will love them, Anna. Thanks!

      August 10, 2017 at 11:20 am Reply
  • Carrie Hemken

    It looks lovely now and you had a great little helper!

    August 10, 2017 at 10:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Fun for us both and a sweet memory for me. Thanks, Carrie.

      August 10, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Alicia

    I love seeing these transformations! So inspiring! Thank you!
    I have a china cabinet and a dining room table that I am going to do soon.

    August 10, 2017 at 10:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to hear it, Alicia. Thank you!

      August 10, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Judy Burnside

    Love the table! I have a similar table and coffee table of the same style that would look great with the farmhouse style. Love the chunky legs! Your little helper has a great role model in you, learning how to re-love and re-use, and make it beautiful. Thanks for all your inspiration!

    August 10, 2017 at 11:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They really are fantastic pieces, especially for those chunky legs. We had fun giving this one new life. Thanks!

      August 10, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply
  • Maryann Smith

    I’m a beginner. I’d paint a small, wood, picnic silverware caddy I picked up at a garage sale.

    August 10, 2017 at 11:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s a perfect way to start. 🙂

      August 10, 2017 at 11:37 am Reply
  • Kathy Nielsen

    Larissa, All your work is the fabulous and all I can say is Dixie Bell paint is awesome as I use it on all my projects.

    August 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Good to hear! I love it too. Thanks, Kathy.

      August 10, 2017 at 10:00 pm Reply
  • Sue Pagels

    Loved seeing how you repaired along with your little helper! I love to paint furniture, but don’t like the repair part! Great piece 🙂

    August 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It can be a doozy sometimes! Thanks so much, Sue.

      August 10, 2017 at 10:01 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Love the side table. You are so talented and creative. I loved the redesign you created with the changing table. How do you think these ideas up? Just amazes me what you do!

    August 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It is absolutely like a game for me to figure these things out. Thanks so much for giving me encouragement.

      August 10, 2017 at 10:01 pm Reply
  • Christi Norris

    I love your make-over! And your helper. Makes me wish I had one too, 🙂 I have a “pumpkin” side table that needs some help. I think the drop-cloth color is just the ticket. Thanks for the inspiration!

    August 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They are the best! All my guys are such huge help. Couldn’t do it without them. Have fun with that pumpkin! 😀

      August 10, 2017 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • Denise

    Your pieces are always beautiful, but it’s the way you display them that makes them I-have-to-have-that gorgeous! I just finished redoing my mud room walls & stairs, so now I need to paint some shelves & maybe a footstool to put in there!

    August 10, 2017 at 3:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Awww…that means much. Thank you. It takes much time to do it, but I love it. Makes it all the more fun.

      August 10, 2017 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • Melinda

    Love it and your little helper!

    August 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Melinda!

      August 10, 2017 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Larissa I have a similar table with the narrow grooves cut into the top. I want to fill in those grooves and paint it. Need something on the top that will help to fend off cat claws. Can’t keep the kitties off this table in the middle of the living room, so I’m hoping there is something that will protect the finish.

    August 10, 2017 at 5:31 pm Reply
    • Patty Soriano

      the Pin It entry says “DIY arbor” but I’m guessing you meant the table. ???

      August 10, 2017 at 5:38 pm Reply
      • Larissa

        Fixed it! Thank you.

        August 10, 2017 at 10:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You could used wood filler, but depending on the reason for them it may crack over time. A good epoxy would do it.

      August 10, 2017 at 10:03 pm Reply
  • Kathleen

    I have a couple of “Trashures” I’ve picked up and wanted to repurpose for outside…this post is inspiring me to FINISH at least one and cover it in GATOR HIDE!

    August 10, 2017 at 6:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! Sounds like fun, Kathleen!

      August 10, 2017 at 10:04 pm Reply
  • Vicki

    I love all of your makeovers! I can’t believe you can fix all that broken furniture yourself. If I win, I’d paint an end table as well!

    August 10, 2017 at 7:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s kinda like a challenge and I love to figure it out. Thanks, Vicki!

      August 10, 2017 at 10:04 pm Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Outstanding repair job and finished table. Love your little helper – looks like she’s following in mama and sibling’s footsteps! Would love to win the Dixie Belle paints as I have several projects I would like to work on.

    August 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      She is so anxious to do it. Now I have to hide and paint! ahahaha…

      August 10, 2017 at 10:05 pm Reply
  • Lisa Dickens

    Ohmygosh your daughter is a mini you – so adorable! I have tried Dixie Belle paint and am really liking it. I would like to paint my bathroom cabinets. Thanks!

    August 11, 2017 at 12:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…she sure is in more ways than one. I’m happy to hear you like it too!

      August 11, 2017 at 7:07 am Reply
  • Kaycee F

    Larissa, you and your little girl did a wonderful job on this farm house style table! I especially love how you involved your daughter in the makeover and not having to worry about nasty chemicals! Awesome job girls!!!

    August 11, 2017 at 7:42 am Reply
  • Cindy Downing

    Loved your table. I really like that color and i want to use that color on a set of side tables i have.

    August 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! You can’t go wrong with white. 🙂

      August 12, 2017 at 8:26 am Reply
  • stacey

    I have two off those exact tables at home. I’ve been wanting to paint them. I’m just scared to do the distressing part!

    August 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      No worries, Stacey. That’s the easy part! You can always paint over it and try again.

      August 12, 2017 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Melissa

    So cute. Both your little girl and end table. I would love to try Dixie Belle products. I have lots of things to paint.

    August 11, 2017 at 5:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I am partial to the girl. hahaha. 😀 You will love them!

      August 12, 2017 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Kyla

    I love seeing your furniture flips, you’re very creative and it inspires me to try more! I’d love to give Dixie Belle a try, possibly to paint the built-in cupboard in my guest bath or my vintage pantry door.

    August 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s what I’m all about Kyla. Thanks!

      August 12, 2017 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Cheryl

    This was an inspiring project and your sweet wee helper just made it that more special. I have three vintage cabinets in my kitchen that badly need new lives – preferably in a very soft wedgewood blue chalk finish.

    August 11, 2017 at 9:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I treasure these times with my kids. So fun!

      August 12, 2017 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Cheryl B.

    Not only is your table great.I love the wooden box on top with all of the cubbies.&Your little in her apron and bandana adorables.

    August 12, 2017 at 2:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Love a wooden tote to no end! 😀 Thanks, Cheryl. She is my sweetie.

      August 12, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    Love the project, simple but so dramatically different. Little girl is so sweet trying to help. What beautiful memories she is making!
    I would paint a round table that just got dumped in my garage because it didn’t fit in middle son’s new college apartment 😉

    August 12, 2017 at 8:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      She is such a great helper and knows so much already. Thank you!

      August 15, 2017 at 7:14 am Reply
  • Kelly Youngblood

    Another A+ makeover Larissa, but every bit as impressive is the assistance you get from your family — toddlers included! The Dixie Bell paint looks amazing and I have just the dresser screaming to meet it!

    August 12, 2017 at 9:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are such wonderful help in so many ways. Thank you, Kelly.

      August 15, 2017 at 7:14 am Reply
  • Charlene

    What a perfect outcome to an “I’m still good” piece of furniture. Your little girl is precious & you are truly blessed!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2017 at 2:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! Happy to hear it, Charlene. Thanks!

      August 15, 2017 at 7:15 am Reply
  • Karen Graham

    Hi Larissa, Drop Cloth is one of my favorite Dixie Belle colors,too. Such a soft white that seems to fit every where I use it. It has transformed many a roadside rescue, around here!Also, luvin Duck Egg at the moment. Wish I could hire your helper! She’s such a serious worker.

    August 19, 2017 at 9:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It goes with anything and any style. She sure is a hard workin’ toddler! 😀

      August 20, 2017 at 7:45 am Reply

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