Whether you are just graduating college or have owned your own house for years, I’m willing to bet my bottom dollar that you have at least one piece of OfferUp, hand-me-down, or college-bought furniture in your home or apartment. These pieces are great when you’re starting out, and maybe you even loved them when you made that impulse buy all those years ago. However, our personal tastes change over time, and so your furniture should be able to as well!
This was the case with our entryway table. We had gotten it as a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law and it was great to use in our first apartment as a little TV stand! However, after moving into our house and starting my blog, I’ve worked on honing my style preferences and design tastes. I soon realized that the sweet little Safari style table just wasn’t fitting into my design ideals. This is what I was starting with:
This table was rough cherry wood with a hand-scraped top and rustic knob, while my style is leaning more towards the clean Scandinavian look. Instead of buying a new table I decided to perform an entry table makeover!
Choosing a paint color to switch up the style of your furniture piece is an important decision. Certain colors evoke certain décor types so it’s crucial to pick a hue that will embody the feel you are going for! Since I wanted my table to have a Scandinavian look I ended up going with Behr’s Graphic Charcoal for the perfect streamlined and modern look. If you love the beachy vibe, try blues, light grays, and whitewashing; if boho is more your deal, look for bright colors like pinks and greens.
Here’s what I used for my entry table makeover:
The first step I did was to rough up the surface of my table with my 200 grit sanding block. You don’t have to use an intense power sander – just a little elbow grease! Once I had sanded the entire piece, I removed all dust and debris with a microfiber cloth.
To ensure that my paint would stick properly, I used Kilz brand Original Primer and did an allover coat and let it dry overnight. I used a roller for the bigger areas, and a brush to get in all the nooks and crannies.
Now for the fun part – painting! I uses a regular roller for all the straight and flat pieces of my entry table, and used the brush again for getting into tight nooks and going around curvy areas, like the legs on my table.
Depending on your piece of furniture, one coat of paint may do, but I decided to do two coats to even out all areas and make sure everything was covered. I waited a day between coats to give enough drying time.
Now, I could’ve stopped there, but in true Scandinavian fashion I decided to add a little something extra! Different décor types can have different hallmarks that distinguish them from other design styles. For the Scandinavian look, some design features that come up are pops of gold and ‘dip-dyed’ legs. So taped off the bottom of my entry table’s legs and spray painted the bottom with bright gold spray paint. You know how I love my gold spray paint! 😉
For the final touch, I switched out the hand-hewn knob for a fun gold and white clock-faced one. Definitely Scandi-style!
I’m SO obsessed with how my entryway table turned out! Instead of an out of place cherry red Safari table, I now have a sleek and sophisticated Scandinavian beauty that I’ve always wanted. And it was SO much cheaper than buying an entirely new table!
It’s the perfect finishing touch to my entryway and I love the modern gray and gold accents. <3
If you have old pieces of furniture lying around that you’re considering throwing away or donating, think again! You can easily make them fit your current design style with a little bit of paint and extra love. And the great news is is that if I change my design style again sometime down the line, I can just perform another makeover!
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