Asked on Apr 04, 2015

Painting Mid Century Modern Step Tables

Renee Seeling
by Renee Seeling
Has anyone painted a MCM table? I have one that I started painting but, have run in to a road block. Not sure if I want to do any more or just leave it as it is now. Any ideas or suggestions? This is where it is now. Black with just a white top. Am thinking of doing the main surface white too or painting the legs white....just no idea what I want now. Any one paint these?
q painting mid century modern step tables, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
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  • Meem Kaplan Meem Kaplan on Apr 04, 2015
    I have a set of them with the coffee table that were my mother in law's. She had Alzheimer's and the tops are water damaged. Hubby won't let me paint them as they are inlaid veneer. He has a fondness for wood....What I would LOVE to do is to do a mosaic on the top part if I could get thinner pieces of something to use. It would be a just for fun piece of furniture that would help quiet my creative muse for a while. I've been seeing some LOVELY painting done here on Hometalk. One was a branch across the front of a dresser in white on the background color. I'm going to do that with another piece in the living/family room and I will probably so some fabric kind of cover on the top of the MCM piece. (Maybe quilted square or something.) Back to your piece, I would leave the top white and do something fun in black on it. Perhaps the chevron theme that is so popular right now. I like that one because it isn't freehand! Later you could do something else if you tire of it. Or do a couple of colors. Painter's tape is a great tool. Just have some fun and play with it. Nothing you do must be permanent, ya know? That's what I have to tell myself when I approach something new or I would never do anything for fear of it being "wrong" or ugly. Do a search for some clip art and click on the ones that tickle your fancy!!! and don't forget to POST the finished product!!! And send me a link! Nevermind, I just discovered the follow button!

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    • Rita Revell Rita Revell on Apr 06, 2015
      You could use stained glass and perhaps a clear acrylic type glue (like aquarium glue). It would leave the glass it's true colors and the aquarium glue would be water proof. I suppose you could grout the glass after to give it a true mosaic look.

    • Renee Seeling Renee Seeling on Apr 04, 2015
      @Meem Kaplan I've seen that link before...neat table. Not what I want to do with thisone tho. Really want to keep thecharacter of the MCM style but give it a new presence. I have another table I thought of doingyardsticks on....just can't find enough yardsticks for it. Thanks tho

  • Renee Seeling Renee Seeling on Apr 04, 2015
    I found this table when I did a google search. Thought it was kind of neat looking....

  • Wendy Henley Wendy Henley on Apr 05, 2015
    I have seen where they have gotten remenant pieces of marble and placed on both tops. Another used marble looking contact paper or a marbling technique painting and one set had black on the rest one had white legs and everything else left black. The pictures I saw the all look very nice.

    • Renee Seeling Renee Seeling on Apr 05, 2015
      @Wendy Henley I've seen photos of some with marble pieces placed on them. Nice looking. Don't think I would use contact paper for that....I can see paper on some items but...not sure I want to do it here. Perhaps I could use veneer on the top(s) it does come apart, would not be hard to add a thin veneer.....hmmmmm....wheels are a'goin now.

  • Marianne Marianne on Apr 05, 2015
    I like the picture that Renee posted above. But also thought maybe paint the other part black again and checkerboard in black and white the part you already painted white.

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    • Renee Seeling Renee Seeling on Apr 05, 2015
      @Shawnda Yeah, I thought of that too before I painted it. It was not all wood, mostly veneer, which did not make me feel too bad about painting it. It is in very good condition, just wanted to give it a "face-lift".

  • Angel Angel on Apr 05, 2015
    Why not paint the flat surfaces white, possibly with some kind of design on them and leave the legs black?

  • Amy Lauzon Amy Lauzon on Apr 05, 2015
    I would go crazy with a zebra pattern.

  • Marianne Marianne on Apr 05, 2015
    Probably not Renee, then I would go with the picture you posted above with the tops white and the rest in black. It is a nice look.

  • Nancy Nancy on Apr 05, 2015
    Hi, check out pinterest for inspiration.

  • Spratt Spratt on Apr 05, 2015
    Here is what I did to two end tables I bought for $5.00 each.

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    • Marianne Marianne on Apr 07, 2015
      Can't wait to see your finished table, please posted. I think the white tops with black frame and legs will look great. @

  • Rita Revell Rita Revell on Apr 06, 2015
    I haven't painted one before, but how your's looks now is sharp.

  • JoDee JoDee on Apr 07, 2015
    I would go with a solid color like red purple blue green orange yellow