How I Updated My $5 Accent Table

May 1, 2022 | DIY, Interior Design, Maggie Lane Designs

Happy Monday everyone!!!  I’m so excited to show you how I updated a $5.00 accent table that I bought last year at an estate sale in Pittsburgh, PA.  One corner of my living room had a lonely lamp sitting all by itself for what seemed like….forever!  I kept saying we needed more seating in our living room and wanted a chair to go in the spot next to our entertainment center and lamp.  Mr. TAL and I found this Queen Anne chair on Facebook Marketplace for $150 and knew I had to give my little table an update so it could all flow together.

 
The steps to updating this little table are so easy and with some cleaning, a few supplies, and Jake in my lap and Maggie supervising, I got my project completed.  Jake And Maggie are always here to help me.  How do you think we did?  Comment below and let us know!  
Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com

Maggie supervising the project 🙂

Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Steps to updating my little accent table:
 
Step 1 – wipe down furniture with hot soapy water.  I used Dawn dish soap.  If the piece you are working on is in need of more than soap and water, try using Krud Kutter.  I bought mine at Busy Beaver.
 
Step 2 – Dry completely before painting.
 
Step 3 – Paint top of table black.  I used a decor paint with primer in Classic Black (36077) Eggshell finish from Hobby Lobby by FolkArt in a 8 fl oz bottle.  This is very thick and you must stir it.  I used a small wooden paint mixer from Lowe’s.  I used a 1” angled brush to paint the top of the table.
 
Step 4 – While black paint is drying, use a small angled artist brush to paint the accents on the legs.  I chose to use a metallic sheen acrylic gold shimmer paint from Re-Design called Goldenrod in a 3.4 fl. Oz jar.  After the gold paint was dry, I took a dry towel and ran the towel over the paint to collect any smudges and pieces that might flake off later.
 
Step 5 – Using the same gold paint, I used my finger to distress the top of the table around the edges.  The table had a decorative groove around the top that I wanted to show up.  I just wiped up any overage with a damp towel.  You can also buy a pack of small wooden rods with foam on one end in different sizes to help with small areas or grooves to paint instead of using your fingers.  You can find those at Hobby Lobby in the craft section.
 
Note:  The table was beat up on top but I did not sand it down. I liked the imperfections and with the thicker paint I chose, it helped fill in some of the larger dents but still kept the imperfections that I wanted.
Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com
How I decorated my bare lonely corner of the living room:
 
1.  The lamp was a Christmas gift from my sister several years ago.
 
2.  Since the lamp was too tall for anything to go above it, I found these wooden flowers at Hobby Lobby and placed them below the lamp shade but above the top of the back of the chair for color and dimension.  Why?  Well, I just thought the wall needed them :-).
 
3.  I add the chair and table but my corner still needed something!
 
4.  I found the blanket at Home Goods in the same gold as the floral pattern on the chair and added the small sage green pillow from Hobby Lobby.  But I wasn’t done yet!
 
5.  The table needed something.  I couldn’t just plop my table there and leave it without nothing on top!  I found the gold container in a broken glass pattern at Home Goods and added a floral arrangement from JoAnn Fabrics to put inside.  The flowers are white and I loved the deep green leaves but it needed something.  I still wasn’t done!  I found three seperate stems of greenery from JoAnn Fabrics and added them to my arrangement.
 
6.  Done!!!  I took some pictures and sat down to look at my work!  This has been a project in the works for some time now but it’s finally finished.  I not only have more seating and lighting in the living room, I spent $155.00 for a chair and table, $10.00 for wooden flowers on sale, $16.99 for a blanket, $14.99 for a pillow, and approximately $20.00 for my flower arrangement.  Supplies were approximately $40.00 which I will use on other projects.  Some YouTubers that I have watched like to add a coat of wax to their projects as the final step.  I did not on this table but I have used wax in the past on a bedroom nightstand (because I used chalk paint) and it helps to seal the paint and allow easy cleaning.  If I see any peeling paint, I can always do this later.

Jake has to be very close to me while I paint 🙂

Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com
I hope you enjoyed my post.  I started my table project at around 9:00 pm at night and by 10:30 pm, I was done and the table was dry.  Who here likes to work on projects late at night?  I always have.  I also loved getting up the next morning and looking at my completely finished project.  Thanks to Mr. TAL for hanging my flowers and helping me find such great deals on the furniture.  Thanks to Jake And Maggie for being my little helpers :-). 
Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Accent Table | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Looking for more paint ideas, check out my blog Pet Safe Paint for more information.

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8 Comments

    • Bobbi

      Thank you!!!

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  1. Carla D Evans

    It turned out so pretty! Looks like Jake and Maggie approves also! 😊

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    • Bobbi

      Awh thanks! They were so cute. They watched my every move!

      Reply
  2. Sandy Benick

    The table turned out beautiful. What a find at an estate sale! I loved the black with the gold! You are so talented and a great eye for sales!

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    • Bobbi

      Thank you. Mr. TAL and I love to go to estate sales. It’s always fun to see what is out there and get an idea of how to use it in our home.

      Reply
  3. Barbara Bolduc

    Wow Bobbi Jo! I didn’t know you refinished furniture too. Any other surprises in store? That’s an awesome find and you could see the vision on what you could make it look. The gold is the right look for that style of furniture but the top came out really good compared to how it started. Good job!! Can’t wait for your next project….👏👏❤️🥰

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    • Bobbi

      Thank you so much. This is the 6th piece I’ve done. I also refinished our kitchen cabinets in Missouri to mimic the look we have in our house in WV. I refinished a 1920’s buffet over the summer and will post that next week for you :-). I love reviving different pieces and trying different paints. I’m currently working on a 100 year old hutch that I’m turning into a jewelry box and a small table for my makeup room. I’ll make sure I post the photos when I’m done.

      Reply

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