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Vintage Side Table Made New

It’s pretty good feeling when someone brings you a haul of furniture, simply because they believe you can give it new life. My dad presents me with projects because he has faith in my abilities – both my parents do. In his current line of work, many project pieces cross his path and he texts me with potential. Lately, I have turned down items left and right. For some reason, this time I took in a few of them because…well…who could resist? See that vintage side table among the loot?

Stash of Furniture Before | prodigalpieces.com

That, my friends, is today’s project piece. It is begging me (really!) to relieve it from the nightmare it’s stuck in. Oh, and just so you know, I did turn down other furniture in this same haul because I really didn’t want any more furniture – yes, really. haha!

So take a closer peek at this forlorn piece.

Vintage Side Table Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Closeup of Table Corner | prodigalpieces.com

The table has great lines. It appears to be well built with solid brass hardware, and also appears to have been smothered in some messy primer application. Poor thing…

Primed Vintage Side Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

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NO FEAR! {{lady in cape appears with dramatic music playing}}

In all seriousness (as if I’m ever really serious), I totally planned on just painting over that mess and letting it be done. However, if you know me in the least, I seem to take on the weirdest challenges that get me in trouble from time to time. ahem.

FIRST STEPS

When I set the table out to take the before picture, something caught my eye and literally made me gasp. My in-head dialogue: “Was that a pattern I just saw in the top? Could that be a gorgeous veneer I see?” No joke, I grabbed my sander on the spot, even though I had no time to sand, and here is what I saw…

Beautiful Inlaid Table Top | prodigalpieces.com

…for real. Quickly, I ran inside to show my kids because the appreciate this kinda thing, and sent a picture to my dad. I now knew that I had more work cut out for me. It would be worth it, right? How could anyone cover that up?!

After a whole lotta sanding, I had the top where I liked it. However, I was worried that a few spots might be too thin after I had to sand to get out that primer. The truth would be revealed when I stained the top. I hold my breath and break out my favorite Zibra paint brush and Provincial Stain to dress up this gem.Staining Vintage Table Top Using Zibra Paint Brushes | prodigalpieces.com

That’s the beauty of these brushes that I tout in all these past posts. They work with stain, paint, poly, and all give me gorgeous finishes. There are several different styles available that make my work a delight.

Get the right brush for the job. Choose one of 8 different Zibra paint brushes to get the job done DIY style. Available at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEP

Okay…so the stain went on well and as I suspected. Unfortunately, veneer ended up being a hair too thin for my liking in one spot in particular. The raw spot jumped out at me and I may have pouted like a toddler that didn’t get to play with the big kids. Ah well.

What to do next? Improvise.

There was no way I was going to cover up that veneer, so I decided to hide the flaw while adding some dimension to this vintage side table. See the spot right inside the taped off area on the bottom left?

Taped Table Top Ready for Paint | prodigalpieces.com

To remedy that flaw, I chose to use my neutral beige color to give this table some dimension on top. In addition, the base of the table got a couple coats of it too after some fixes.

Zibra Stubby Paint Brush for Furniture by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

COOL GOO

While the top was curing, I cleaned the rest. Unfortunately, one of the brass caps for the feet was missing. I searched high and low online and came up empty handed with a replacement. To solve my problem, I went to a product I used on my Art Deco vanity chair seen HERE. I can’t say it enough…Plasti Dip is AMAZING.

Using Plasti Dip to Save Feet on Table | prodigalpieces.com

I wanted to protect the vintage side table feet, as well as give them some heft.  I dip the foot in the container and it’s done. So cool! FYI, I just use saw horses to prop up the table while I take care of the feet.

LAST STEP

Now, while the top and feet are curing, I tackle that awfully tarnished hardware. I have thing for solid brass and it has to be showcased. To tell if it’s the real deal, just use a magnet. If the metal is magnetic, it’s not brass or is plated brass. I carry a magnet in my pocket for testing metals, like brass and silver, while out #trashure hunting.

All I did to this beautiful hardware was polish it with another favorite product called Bar Keepers Friend. Works like a dream on most metals, and keeps my porcelain in my house shining like new and is so affordable. Just look at that brass shine!

Polished Vintage Brass Drawer Pull with Bar Keepers Friend | prodigalpieces.com

Next, I added a bit of dimension with brown wax with my square brush, gilding wax, and antique white paint.

Zibra Square Brush for Waxing Furniture by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Now it’s finally time to show you what this vintage side table looks like. woot!

Vintage Style Bedroom Decor with Beautiful Side Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com | #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy

Ornate Vintage Side Table Nightstand Refinished by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

After I gave the table stain and paint on top, I used a matte poly to finish it up. You’d never know it was the same table, right?

Diamond Shaped Veneer Table Top by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For a pop of fun I used soft blue on the drawer. It’s fun to take a peek inside, isn’t it?

Vintage Side Table with Blue Drawer by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Not to mention, now the hardware gets to shine as it should.

Vintage Ornate Brass Drawer Hardware Made New by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Vintage Style Bedroom Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Another little trashure find I want to share with you is one of my favorite books. This book stole my heart the minute I found it in a box set out for trash along with many others. Can you believe it was printed in 1895?

Antique Social Etiquette Book | prodigalpieces.com

The ornate embossed cover will get your attention, but wait until you see the inside. So full of a lost art, in most instances, in our society.

Beautiful Antique Book of Social Etiquette found in trash by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Open Presentation Page of Antique Etiquette Book by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Not long ago folks gave books as a treasured gifts. People would enjoy them and hand them down from generation to generation. It’s easy to see why. Isn’t the artwork fantastic?

Etiquette of Public Places Page in Antique Book by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Excerpt of a Rare Antique Social Etiquette Book by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It’s so important to cherish items from our past. Whether it’s a book or a piece of cast-off furniture, like this vintage side table, there is much joy in appreciating them. What fun it is to see them revived, restored, and renewed.

Vintage Side Table Restored and Refreshed by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Happily, this table has been donated to a local ministry to aid people who are leaving the Amish order – part of my Finding Home program.

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GIVEAWAY TIME

Time for some giveaway fun for you! Zibra and I are all about empowering you to give DIY a try. We are giving you a chance to win this fantastic boxed set of my favorite brushes.

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Easy entry – just fill out the widget below for as many entries as you like (daily even for more entries). Open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 year 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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I invite you to pin and share this vintage side table makeover. You just never know who will need the inspiration to uncover another beauty and restore it to a new life.

What a transformation! This vintage side table was looking pretty sad until Larissa of Prodigal Pieces saw fit to give it new life. See the DIY details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #home #homedecor #handmade

Up next, you will see what I do with this fun lot. tee hee! Take a peek HERE.

Thrifted Cheese Dome & Finds Before Recreation by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Jennie says

    Just love the vintage table. The lines are so pretty. Another inspiring piece Larissa!

  2. JILL NELSON says

    My dining room chairs!

  3. Michele Branham says

    Love the way you gave the table new life. The first thing I would paint with the brushes is a desk I just found.
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  4. Grace Doty says

    That turned out to be GORGEOUS! I have faith in you, too!❤️

  5. Shelly says

    Love your table makeover; LOVE all vintage books with character…now lost.

    • Larissa says

      I just love to find these things. They are true #trashure! 😉

  6. Cheryl says

    Love your creative imagination and how you transform pieces into purpose😌! A girl has to have good tools for the job at hand! I have a vintage rocker standing on the sidelines that I’d love to repaint with Zibra brushes! Loving your blog!

    • Larissa says

      You are so right, Cheryl Makes it fun too. Thank you for the love!

  7. Maureen Clipperton says

    The table turned out awesome. Also great book ya go there. I’d paint my large office desk if I won the brushes.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! It sure is. I have many and it breaks my heart to know many books are long gone.

  8. Norma Fisher says

    Would love to try these brushes.

  9. Lori Sawyer says

    Table is beautiful love the inside of drawer also!

    • Larissa says

      Had to add some bit of color to it. Woot! 😀 Thank you, Lori.

  10. Judy Burnside says

    The table looks great! I was worried when I first saw it, thinking someone had attempted to do a shabby-chic look and gave up, or did it too fast to really care. It certainly looks like a keeper after you finished it! I really appreciate how you still honor the beauty in things, yet hide the imperfections with a touch of love. Thanks for all you do!

    • Larissa says

      It was such a mess that I giggled when he showed me the pic and knew I had to help it. tee hee!

  11. Della Morse says

    Again you outdid yourself. What a beauty! This table looks magnificent. Hats off to you.

  12. Amy says

    Turned out lovely, but I wish you’d shown what you did to the feet– was the plasti-dip just to make the foot appear to have a “cap” on it? Did you paint over it as well as the brass covers? Just wondered…Thanks so much for your wonderful blog, btw. It’s one of my favorites.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you. I just dipped the feet, as I mentioned. There weren’t enough caps, so I took them off. You can see how I did it in the linked post too.

  13. Jolinda says

    You are amazing. I just want to crawl into your head and have the visions you see on things like this.

    • Larissa says

      hahaha…you might be scared! I’m nutty like that. hee hee!

  14. Shirley says

    How could someone do that to this beautiful piece? I’m so glad you sanded the primer off to see the reveal. Gorgeous, just gorgeous! Ar Keepers Friend has been in my arsinol for many years now. What would I do without it! Lol
    Great makeover!

    • Larissa says

      It did have much damage to it and is why I went through the veneer accidentally. I’m sure they were trying to save it, but… 😉

  15. Alicia H says

    Gorgeous! It may be my favorite piece yet! Thanks for sharing your work with us……..so inspirational! xo~Alicia

    • Alicia H says

      I have so many things I would paint if I won that awesome brush set!

  16. Lynne says

    Oh my! I did not see the beauty under all the primer. It’s a gorgeous piece! Thank you for rescuing it and sharing it’s transformation.

    • Larissa says

      I would have loved to see my face when I saw it. haha. So cool!!

  17. Mariah Beaney says

    I love your makeover! Can’t wait to see your next project. Thanks for a chance to win the Zebra brushes.

  18. Sigrid says

    That hardware 😍😍😍😍! The whole color palette is just beautiful.

  19. Patricia says

    Beautiful makeover! I could use that wonderful set of paintbrushes to repaint my mishmash of furniture after an upcoming move. I already know there will be many scrapes and scuffs during the move process 😉

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I think we all have those kinds of pieces. ahem. 😉

  20. Azeem Isaahaque says

    I would paint an old vanity I have

  21. Cindy says

    The table is beautiful and love the details and you saved her. Duck egg blue painted inside is pretty.

    Love Bar Keepers Friend too. It truly is my friend.

    Illustrations on the book are pretty

    Enjoy your day

    Cindy

  22. Erin S says

    Love the painted area on the top. Great idea to hide that worn spot. Just picked up a quite worn head/footboard with pineapple finials for our someday cabin. It needs a good makeover.

    • Larissa says

      It was killer that I had to hide it, but glad I figured a solution. Thanks!

  23. Carolyn says

    Beautiful makeover!! Thanks for the magnet tip..just put a small one in my purse so I’ll be ready next time I’m out thrifting!!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Carolyn. You are a gal after my own heart! 😀

  24. d brossy says

    what a transformation! who’d have known, seeing that mess?

  25. Cindy Downing says

    Amazing makeover….i have cabinets to paint!!

  26. Danelle says

    That table turned out so lovely! I have a thing for old books as well. There are never enough of them! Thanks for sharing.

    • Larissa says

      They just don’t make them like the used to, that’s for sure.

  27. Mary Milnarich says

    Another fabulous outcome , as usual. You always seem to see something good in every piece you refinish. It is truly a gift. And yes the right paintbrushes make the difference. I have used a Zibra brush befor but need to win the entire set. They’re wonderful.

  28. Jessica says

    I would finish a bookcase project with those brushes!

  29. Nancy says

    Love the tip for fixing a missing leg cap! I’ll have to look for Plasti Dip and Bar Keepers Friend the next time I go to the hardware store. I found my own “trashure” last week. Someone put two Ethan Allen mirrors on the curb. They are 20″ wide x 40″ long and are so heavy that they had a metal rod attached to serve as a “leg” behind a dresser. I’d say they are Federal style since they have an upturned curved section on the outer edges of the top frame. I added some wood embellishments to give the top some dimension. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and dark wax gave it a great antique look. The one I finished is perfect to hang over a Bombay chest in my newly updated living room. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! So many cool tools and products out there. Ooh…sounds like you have some fun on the way! 😀

  30. MaryEllen says

    Great vision! Love how you saved this!

  31. Peggy Sanders says

    Larissa, you are so talented. Love the side table and I look forward to your blog everyday.
    God Bless.

  32. Kaycee says

    Wow, the poor little lady was just a mess! I love how you brought her back to life and updated her!!! Her brass pull is just gorgeous too!

  33. Janice Sexton says

    OMG, absolutely stunnung. You rock no nobody else!

  34. Becky says

    Very cool table. Your fixing of the flawed top was so creative!
    My girls need to paint their bedroom furniture!

  35. Alison S says

    I have a table I’d like to paint.

  36. Lisa Wilson says

    Amazing transformation, who would think there was something so beautiful underneath that primer!

  37. Laura S says

    Am so glad you saved that lovely table. One question and one tip: Why did you sand first instead of trying a stripper (such as Citristrip) first that would remove no wood? Tip: I also love Bar Keeper’s Friend, but find brass cleaned with it will rapidly tarnish, AND lacks any patina in the crevices. After cleaning with Bar Keeper’s Friend, I rinse and dry thoroughly, then apply a thin coat of Brasso and buff like crazy. Leaves a protective wax that slows down tarnish reformation, and also creates a darker patina in the recesses of design that highlights the details. Keep up the inspired work!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you. Citristrip doesnt’ remove the primer from the grain. I have used Brasso since a child cleaning my parents brass railing. It is so toxic with fumes I don’t like to use it, plus it leaves a film much like Bar Keepers so that both require buffing and I find that the build up can be annoying. 😉

  38. Annette says

    I’d paint an old credenza.

  39. Janet Kynerd says

    Lovely remake on the table. The finished look was worth all the hard work. Isn’t Bad Keepers Friend great? I am amazed at the number of things that it will clean without damage.

  40. Catherine ten Hertog says

    The relief that little table must feel. Thank you for rescuing it. You did a beautiful job.

  41. Debra A Wise says

    Great transformation! Who except you would have been able to bring out that gorgeousness under that hot mess! Thanks for the magnet tip. I have several furniture pieces that need to be painted so would love to have some good brushes. Thanks for the giveaway and the inspiration!

  42. KellyM says

    I absolutely love what you did with the table. Fantastic !! I just bought some Bar Keeper’s Friend for my kitchen sink (white) but it doesn’t seem to be doing that great a job. I will try it on some metal items that need to be spruced up and see how it does.

    • Larissa says

      You are awesome to say so, Kelly. Thank you! Maybe try a scouring pad, the blue kind that doesn’t scratch. That’s what I use. It could be your sink has it in the enamel too.

  43. KellyM says

    Hi there,
    Decided to enter your contest. lol
    The first thing I would paint with those brushes would be my bedroom dresser. It has great lines but definitely needs some updating. Thanks,

  44. Lynzee says

    I love this table!
    It reminds me of something my posh sister would have to display her vintage hat and books-with-saucy-titles. Awesome job!!

  45. Melanie Brooks says

    Beautiful makeover! I love how you compensated for the veneer issue. Btw… I have a 1957 Lane cedar chest that I would definitely use those Zibra brushes for!

  46. Deb says

    So much better! It looks happy now 🙂

  47. Nancy Burgess says

    I can’t believe it’s the same piece. What a beautiful transformation.

  48. Patty Soriano says

    lovely! you never know what you’ll find under paint! love the table, but really adore the book!! I have a lot of little tables, so that’s probably the first thing I’d paint.

    • Larissa says

      It sure was a hoot to see it come to life. Thank you, Patty.

  49. Michele says

    I love your design on the table. So creative. If I wee to win the brushes I would tackle a 19 50s wooden magazine rack I recently got at an elderly lady’s yard sale. She said she bought it new at J. C. Penney’s! I told her I would make it look new again. I, aalso, love the antique book. I am a teacher and have found several ‘teacher guides’ over the years and love to read them and have a good laugh. They often describe the teacher’s duties of arriving early to start the fire in the woodstove, filling the water bucket, and cleaning the outhouse! I’m so glad to live in ‘modern times’.

    • Larissa says

      thanks! I really wanted to save it all, but had to do some sort of fix. That sounds like fun!

  50. Elaine says

    I love that you were able to save so much of the top and that you found a way to showcase it!
    I still can’t believe you passed on the other goodies though! I was so wanting to see what you were going to do with that lovely headboard.

    • Larissa says

      I was racking my brain to figure it out. tee hee! Thank you!

  51. Abby says

    I love your book! I sort of collect the old books that have a picture of an old fashioned lady on the cover (I say sort of because I actually read them and don’t keep them just for appearances, they have be fun reading as well). My next project is painting a couple night stands that I use as end tables in my living room! 🙂

    • Larissa says

      They are such fun to read. Like opening a window into another world.

  52. Nancy Lambert says

    Larissa, the table is beautiful.

  53. Carolyn says

    What color is the bottom painted? I saw about adding the dimension, but didn’t find mention of a color. You really transformed the piece!

    • Larissa says

      It’s the same as the top and I linked to the color with name in my post. It’s called Putty and can be found here. Thank you so much!

  54. Janice Sexton says

    Oh how I wish I had a place for that table. BEAUTIFUL!

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