A Table Makeover with my New Favorite Paint Color!

Do you have a piece of furniture in your home that you “like”, but you don’t “love”?

Is there a piece of furniture you own that has great lines or may be very functional, but it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the decor in your home?

Well, you don’t have to settle with just “liking” that piece of furniture anymore.

Turn it into something you love!!!

That is exactly what I did.

Today, I am going to share with you a little table makeover I have just completed.



I have had this little cherry table for 6 or 7 years.  My mom gave it to me because she wasn’t using it anymore.


I have used it in several places around the home, but I have never been really happy with it.  It didn’t quite fit in with the rest of my decor.



So I finally decided to make it look a little more like “me”.

Here are the supplies I used:


*Valspar Antiquing Glaze

*Minwax Wipe-On Poly

*Sample Valspar paint in Eucalyptus Tree (blue).

*Sample Valspar paint in Light French Gray (Behr’s)

*Minwax Provencial Stain

*Wooden embellishments

I already had all of these supplies on hand, except for the sample size of blue paint.

I bought two wooden embellishments from Lowe’s for about 5 bucks…

(I had already taken one out of the package.)


First, I sanded a spot on the table where I wanted to attach the wooden embellishments.  This would give the wood glue something to adhere to.


Then, I put a little Gorilla Glue on the back of each embellishment…


My hubby helped me nail the decorative piece to the table.  We had to nail it on because of the curve of the table.


I let those pieces dry, and then I was ready to paint!


Since the embellishments were plain wood, I used some “Provencial” Mixwax stain that I already had to darken them a bit.  I just used a paper towel to apply the stain.  If I were doing a whole piece of furniture, I would have used a cloth.


Then I sanded the whole table with a sanding sponge to help the paint adhere to the surface.


I was so stressed about finding the right color blue for this table.  I was in Lowe’s for a long time looking at all of the paint swatches.  I wanted a grayish/greenish blue.

And guess what…I found it!

It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.

It is called Eucalyptus Tree.

I got a sample size of it because it was more than enough for this table.



I just applied the paint with a brush.


I wanted to be able to see the brush strokes in the paint, and I love leaving a little bit of wood showing too.


Then I painted the embellishment with the Light French Gray.



After the entire table was completely dry, I used my sanding sponge to sand around the edges of the table to make it look “worn”.




Then I applied the Valspar Antiquing Glaze with a paper towel.  It looks black when going on the table.  Just wipe it on until you get the look you are after.  If it is too dark, just wipe a little off with a damp paper towel.  If it is not dark enough, apply some more.

It’s really up to you!


The glaze darkened the color of blue to perfection!

I LOVE the look of the antiquing glaze!!!

When the glaze is dry, the last step is to apply the Wipe-On Poly with a lint-free cloth.

And you are finished!  Let the courtship begin!

Here is my new love…



See how the glaze gives it an “aged” look?



I really do love this color of blue.  I am now looking for another piece of furniture in my home to do the same treatment on.





Now this piece of furniture looks like “me”, and it adds a touch of color to my home.



I no longer “like” this piece of furniture…I LOVE it!

One more look at the before and after…


What piece of furniture in your home would you like to fall in love with?

Linking to….

Nester’s National Take a Risk Day!

Tuesday Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Power of Paint Party at Domestically Speaking

Show & Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design

Transformation Thursdays at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest

Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed

Weekend Wrap-Up Party at Tatertots & Jello

Sunday Showcase Party at Under The Table & Dreaming

The Sundae Scoop at I Heart Naptime


  1. OOh! Love it! I have two side tables like that that I have been considering getting rid of when we move. Now I am going to see if I can find a paint color I love and save them! :)
    Great job!

  2. I just love this table — especially the fact that you weren’t concerned about the brush strokes — you’re so right — adds so much character to the piece! I also love the idea of the wood embellishments — really makes this a stand-out table!

  3. Your table came out gorgeous!! Love it and I have a table in my bedroom that would be a perfect candidate for this exact makeover. Thanks so much for sharing all the details so explicitly. :)

  4. Love this! So pretty! That blue color is stunning! You really made it look fabulous! Love the contrast of the red tulips against the blue as well! Gorgeous!!

  5. Just lovely!! Such a great color. It looks like a very expensive piece.
    Thanks for showing the products & how – to… Very helpful
    And I think that your Mom would have loved what you did with it…

  6. I know why you love it now because it turned out beautifully. What a difference a little paint and a lot of talent can create. It really looks like a whole new piece.

  7. Good job, the table looks amazing! I love that blue/grey with antique stain thing you have going on with it, and I am seriously going to use that on something in my place. One of these days!



  8. Traci!!!! This is GORGEOUS! Add it to our flickr group, will ya? I want to be able to look at these pics forever….and I’m definitely going to try that color.


  9. Such a great tutorial. You covered stuff that some people take for granted. I haven’t tried the wipe on poly yet and can’t wait to give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration.

    I’m loving the blue with grey. You wouldn’t think blue would work, but this is definitely the perfect shade!

  10. Oh wow! I love it! Any shade of blue is my favorite color. Think I’ll redo a little table in my LR. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Where were the wood embellishments in Lowes? I can’t seem to find any at Home Depot or Lowes? Your table is amazing!

  12. Brilliant! Thank you for the tutorial. I have a useful but ugly piece of furniture that i bought on craigslist in use in my sewing room. I now have the creative juices flowing. You are also brave to have a sweet little table with breakable objet d’art with a house full of boys..

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  14. Fantastic transformation, I was going to ask if you just carve the embellishments and oh you bought them. Those embellishments gives life to the old wooden boring table. I can see the difference and it is really good to look at.

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