Studs on my repurposed side table

29 Sep

DSC_0092There are studs in my living room, and I don’t mean men. Last weekend I started the process of repurposing a small table that was originally meant to hold a plant or as a side table outdoors. We weren’t using it and I wanted to have another end table in our living room. So…I went down to the basement to grab this little guy out of storage. I forgot to take a picture of the full table before, but here’s the top. You get the idea. {And no, I don’t have a power sander. I just use a sandpaper block and some good old elbow grease to do the best I can.}
photo 2 (1)The design on this table I found at Ross a few years ago is great for a small outdoor table or a plant stand, but not so great for a side table in the living room.

After taking off the legs and sanding the piece down to remove as much of the old paint as possible, I sprayed two coats of white primer and let it dry overnight. Then, I sanded it a bit more and wiped it clean. I always try to use something from our recycling bin to stand the piece on that I’m painting so that the edges don’t stick to the cardboard underneath. This time, a couple of Chobani cartons did the trick. I taped them to the bottom so I wouldn’t have to pull out the primer or paint twice. {Sorry for the blurry photo.}

photo 4 (1)Then, I used Black Coffee glaze and a foam brush. Yes, I used the glaze as paint. You can see that I did that here as well. It works, but you have to be patient to let it dry completely. This piece took several days before it was completely dry. Here it is after two coats of the glaze. I painted the whole top with a curve in the stroke to let the light really bring out the gold in the glaze.

photo 5 (1) 2After the glaze was dry, I sprayed two coats of Rustoleum’s 2x Ultra Cover clear matte spray. The table top was still a bit dark for the room, so I decided I needed to do something else to brighten it up. I really like the studs I’ve seen on pillows and headboards lately. Think something like this, or this, or this.

I started to wonder if those upholstery nails would work with wood and figured I’d give it a shot. So, I found some Dritz Decorative Nails in a brushed silver that match the legs of the table at JoAnn’s. This afternoon, I carefully nailed them into the edge of the table about two inches apart. It worked out perfectly, because there were only 24 nails in the package and I used 23!


DSC_0092I think we could use this table in several rooms in our home. Its size and weight make it easy to move wherever we need it and the facelift I gave it saved it from the donation pile.

Have you ever added upholstery nails to something that isn’t actually upholstered? What’s your preferred way to repurpose a piece of furniture?


Posted by on September 29, 2013 in DIY, Interior Design


2 responses to “Studs on my repurposed side table

  1. tea&tadpoles

    October 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Such a great idea! You have inspired me to look around my house for items to upcycle!

    • mypersonalcoffeebreak

      October 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks! It always seems to be something you thought you’d never use again and have tucked away in a closet or storage somewhere. Can’t wait to see what you upcycle!


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