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Vintage End Table Update

Found this great Midcentury Modern end table that someone was throwing away.
It was pretty scratched up, but I knew it would look great with a little modern update.
Time: 3 Hours Cost: $5 Difficulty: Medium
The table had a solid layer of dust so I gave it a good cleaning before I began working on it.
Step 1: Remove the Hardware

The drawer pulls were connected with a flat head screw and I was able to unscrew them easily.

The legs are solid metal and each ways a couple of pounds, they were stuck on pretty tightly, but with some elbow grease I was able to unscrew them from the plates.
Step 2: Sand

I sanded by hand and was able to remove some of the rough spots and scratches.

Reminder: You don't have to remove all of the old paint, just rough up the surface so new paint can stick.
Step 3: Paint

I chose to use spray paint because it is easier to work with and usually comes in more fun colors than traditional liquid paint.

I decided not to prime the table, instead opting for 3 to 4 thin layers of paint waiting 20 minutes in between coats.

Reminder: Don't worry if the coverage is uneven after your first two coats. Just wait for it to dry and add more. With spray paint it looks very blotchy in the beginning.

*Make sure to spray paint in a well ventilated area, ideally outdoors. (Don't forget a mask)
The Reveal

After I let the paint dry for a few hours I reattached the legs and the hardware.
I love the vintage style of the table and I thought it would make a perfect stand for my record player, a nod to the retro feel.

Now I just need to find a way to brighten up the brass legs.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Spray Paint   (Home Depot)
  • Sand Paper
  • Table

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