Before & After: My Dramatic Table Overhaul

Is there a program at the Betty Ford Clinic for addiction to Before & Afters? If so, sign me up so I can roam the halls of the famous rehab center with Lindsay Lohan — because I am absolutely consumed by an obsession with Before & After stories. I'm so consumed that I have been creating an inordinate number of my own overhauls around my house. The latest is the conversion of this table from cute to dramatic.

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As part of my hallway overhaul, I wanted to give new life to the table we use as our landing strip. The table itself is an affordable little occasional table I bought at Target.com about three years ago. The table's finish hasn't aged very well — it chipped off on the legs and around the edges of the top, revealing an undercoat that's much lighter than the dark finish. Still, I love the table for its size and the fact that the two drawers give me and my husband a place to stash keys, wallets, and other items we need to grab on our way out the door.

Armed with a can of Valspar spray primer and a can of Valspar cherry red high gloss spray paint, I gave this table an quick extreme makeover. I tested a little spot on the back of the table to see if I would need to prime it and in this case the primer was essential. Without it the red paint bubbled up and wouldn't stick to the table. So I removed the drawers and sprayed the table and drawers with an even coat of primer. Once primed, the red paint went on smoothly and, after two coats, gave a high gloss finish.

To complete the overhaul of the table I switched out the old drawer pulls with simple black handles. I had an uh-oh moment when it looked like the screws for the new handles were too long and the handles wouldn't quite fit. But then I turned that uh-oh into an ah-ha by putting a washer between the screw and backside of the drawer. Suddenly the handles fit and the table overhaul was complete.

It's hard to believe it's the same old table – once again confirming that a little paint can dramatically transform anything!

Images: Jason Loper

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