Queen of Hearts Side Table

Susan Myers
by Susan Myers
4 Hours
I’ve always loved the pictures on decks of cards. Seriously, it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy… I decided to try my hand at designing my own Queen of Hearts. And then create something unique with an old piece of furniture! How about a Queen of Hearts bedside table?
We bought this table several years ago at the flea market for about 10 dollars. It doesn’t match any of our furniture. Not to mention the fact that it is made from press board with a shiny coating of polyurethane. I’m totally not into shiny furniture. But we needed a place for my alarm clock to live and this table was available. So it was put to work.
I have been working on this pattern for some time now. I wanted to create something unique and fun with the Queen of Hearts theme. I designed it by drawing out the one queen on paper. I then used tracing paper and a window for backlight to trace the queen on one side of the paper, flip her over and trace her onto the bottom. It created a mirror image of my queen.

Click on the link at the bottom of this post to get the pattern.
I then sprayed the heck out of my little side table with white primer. I also removed the handle in the front for the faux drawer. A total makeover was in the works!
In order to enlarge my pattern to fit this table, I used my graph method detailed here: How to Enlarge a Pattern. However, if you have access to a copier, you can make a pattern as large as you like and then just using carbon paper to transfer it to your project.
For this project, I decided on a pallet of acrylic paints including Wicker White (a creamy off-white), teal, turquoise, red, gold and brown. I began by painting in the background with the Wicker White and then started working my way down from top to bottom.
There is no right or wrong way to paint a decorative project. The cool thing about this pattern is that each person has their own style and will create something similar, but very different!
To protect the paint, I added several coats of satin polyurethane.

The final touch? The hubby found this sweet crystal drawer pull! My little table finally has a personality!

If you would like this pattern, click on the link below!
Susan Myers
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Son3615523 Son3615523 on Apr 06, 2016
    Did you have to sand off the polyurethane before you sprayed on the primer?

  • Corinnem11 Corinnem11 on Apr 06, 2016
    Very cute project. Did you just use primer or did you sand first. What kind of primer did you use? Thanks for sharing your project.

  • Paula Paula on Mar 14, 2023

    I really want to try this but I can't find the link below. Is it supposed to be like right after the article or so the way at the bottom of the page?

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  • Laveda Laveda on Jun 14, 2019

    My daughter used to be a dealer at one of the casinos in south Florida. Her nickname was queen of pairs. Matter of fact she has a tattoo on her back with the queen of pairs. I would love to be able to do this for her. I know she would love it. It is beautiful thank you for sharing.

  • Melinda Record Melinda Record on Oct 09, 2020

    Me too ~ I have always loved the 'artwork' in a deck of cards and your table transformation is gorgeous! You changed this ordinary table in to a beautiful piece of art ~ truly unique and awesome! You are VERY talented!!

    Thank you very much for sharing AND inspiring.