Monday, September 10, 2012

Round Table Makeover

How to refinish a round table with a large monogram.

round table makeover

 A friend brought me this round side table to refinish and she asked to have her last name initial painted on the surface:

large handpainted monogram

The finish on this table was in bad condition, lots of peeling, roughed up paint:

round side table before

round side table before and after

And some added scribbles from little ones both on the outside and inside the drawer:

round side table drawer detail before and after

round side table drawer interior before and after

The table has pretty little claw feet that just needed a good clean and buff:

round side table metal feet before and after

side table makeover with metal feet

pedestal style side table refinished

Love how the feet peek out from under the table edge:

pedestal style side table makeover

Here's how I refinished the round table:

1. Strip existing paint:

apply paint stripper with old brush

paint stripper working

2. Sand remaining finish and prepare for primer:

side table sanded to natural wood

3. Prime one coat oil based spray primer.
Paint two coats Heirloom White satin.
Be sure to sand in between coats.

spray painting side table and drawer

4. Print out letter as big as possible then sketch onto surface:

sketching giant monogram

5. Paint letter:

handpainting large monogram letter

6. Distress edges with sandpaper.
Stain with Minwax Early American:

apply stain to distressed areas

7. To clean claw feet apply salt/vinegar/flour paste (my paste was a little runny here) and let it sit overnight:

apply paste to metal feet

8. Wipe off paste until foot is dry.
Buff with Dremel:

buff metal with dremel

I'm definitely not a metal expert but the feet are now clean and fresh:

clean metal feet on side table

9. Seal entire table and feet with Minwax spray poly semi-gloss:

seal metal with clear poly spray

This friend also had me refinish a magazine rack awhile back, now she has a matching set!

diy magazine rack makeoverdiy round side table refinished


  1. This looks terrific! Love your tip for cleaning the feet.

  2. I love how that table turned out, the monogram finishes it off beautifully!

  3. Oh my word. SO. INCREDIBLY. GORGEOUS. You are amazing!

    If only I had the time to do this, I would SOOO do this. I'll put it on my ever-growing-to-do-list. ;)

  4. wow, jaime! you did a beautiful job on that table!

  5. Great job on the table. Looks beautiful! :)

  6. Love did a great job! Would love for you to share this at our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party...just posted it!

  7. That is absolutely beautiful! Love the monogram!

  8. Wow! Here's another R word: Ravishing!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  9. Great job! It's so pretty, it would look great in my house.

  10. You did a fabulous job, so pretty! I'd love for you to link this project up to Do Something Crafty Friday:

  11. I just picked up a table almost identical, thanks for the tip for cleaning the feet. I hope my turns out half as nice as yours.

  12. Hi! Saw your table at MMS and had to show you.....

    I redid the same table last year! So many of my pics look just like yours!

    Great job!

  13. Your did a lovely job! It looks terrific! I would be delighted if your would link to Potpourri Friday, in progress!

  14. Visiting from Frugal Friday. This is so gorgeous. And your how to is really well explained. thanks so much

  15. Totally beautiful transformation! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  16. This is a gorgeous makeover - just love it - what a great tutorial!
    Your newest follower -would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time :)

  17. WOOW,this is a great makeover.....I just is beautiful :)
    and do not miss...




    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  18. OMGosh! She's perfect! Beautiful table and beautiful job making her pretty again. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from DIY Showoff. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  19. Its beautiful, great job! Thanks for linking up to our Pretty Things Party. Hope to see you back next week!

  20. How beautiful! You could have easily left it unpainted with a nice stain but I definately love the painted and distressed version.

  21. Love the table love the letter.
    Where did you find the font to your letter. Would love to know what it is.
    Thanks Faye at