Refurbished Mid-Century Modern Side Table

I found this beautiful mid-century modern side table at a swap meet and, unbelievably, it was only $10! Such a steal. It had a little water damage on the bottom of the legs, but this was an easy fix. It also allowed me to add a little decorative touch of my own!

When I first saw this side table at the swap meet, I thought it was so nice that the owner probably wasn’t even selling it and was just using it to display her other items. I walked by and didn’t bother to even ask. As I was leaving I couldn’t stop thinking about that table, so I decided to go back and ask the owner if it was for sale. To my delight, it was! I thought it was at least going to be $20 but she said it was only $10! I bought it right away! Besides having some water damage on the legs, it was in really good condition. All it needed was some TLC!

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The table top was perfectly fine because it had a laminate cover. The table legs just needed a little sanding. The water damage was a little extensive and I knew I had to do more than just sanding, so I decided some paint might do the trick! I didn’t want to paint the entire leg because the damage was only on bottom portion of the legs, and I still wanted some of the wood to be exposed. To make it look graphic and more modern, I opted to paint the bottom third of all the legs a bold black. If you find a table that only needs a little fixing, or just want to revamp your current table, read on!

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Black paint (or any other color of your choosing)

Paint brush

Painter’s tape

Spray paint clear coat finish

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The first thing I did was sand the legs. I used the coarser side of the sandpaper to sand the very end of the legs because it was the most damaged and uneven. I used the finer side to sand the rest of the legs to buff out any scratches or indents. The ends of the legs are rounded, so I had to make sure to sand evenly all around and not too much off to keep the shape of the legs.

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Now time to paint! I had to make sure the legs were clean before I painted, so I used a compressed air can to blow off any sawdust. Then I wiped the legs down with a wet rag and dried with paper towels. The legs are about 25″ long. I measured 8″ from the end of the leg and wrapped painter’s tape around the leg to mark off the area I’d be painting.

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I put a drop cloth down and started to paint! I wanted to brush the paint on because I wanted the paint line to be very clean and exact. I went to my local hardware store and bought a sample of black interior paint for less than $5. It was more than enough, as I used less than a quarter of the can. I recommend painting with the direction of the grain because painting against the grain will create a weird texture. I painted two coats so the black color was nice and strong!  Let dry for the recommended amount of time on the paint can.

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After the paint was dry, I removed the tape and sprayed the legs with two coats of the clear finish. After letting dry, the table was finished!

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I am beyond happy with how this table turned out. It was a simple idea that completely transformed the look of the table. The best part is that this project only took a few hours to do! Easiest project to date! Now my record player has a pretty little table to be on. XO


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