Before & After Painted Vintage Side Tables


A little elbow grease goes a long way on vintage side tables given to me by my dear friend Gene from his estate sale last summer. I’m guessing they’re from the 1950s/60s based on what he shared with me over the years about his traditional home decor.  Mr. Gene, as my sons affectionately called him, also gifted me with two picnic bench seats I added seating to and shared more about in this post here and here.


Both tables were in good shape overall as you can see from these photos post-sanding. Some of the trim was loose and needed gluing and patching.


Vintage table hardware

After cleaning and priming I painted the tables with three coats of leftover creamy white paint I already had then sanded and cleaned the hardware.

White table-1






So glad I kept the ring pulls instead of filling in the holes like I had originally considered doing. Loving their bling!


So that’s it — a little before and after of an oldie but goodie all dressed up and looking classy.



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  2. Michelle says:

    Hello! I have the same set I am getting ready to paint. Are those leather inserts on top of each table? Did you do anything special to paint over that? What brand of paint did you use? Thanks for the inspiration!


  3. Hi Michelle! Yes leather inserts that I painted right over. Since leather may peel over time with use, I would suggest a coat of white chalk paint first or possibly Kilz brand. I gifted the tables and can’t say how they have held up since posting this feature several years ago now, but they sure did turn out beautifully!


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