Before & After: Ellen’s Dressed Up Table

published Feb 8, 2014
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(Image credit: Ellen Walsh)

Ellen was looking to recreate a clothing store feel in her dressing room, and already had a large kitchen pedestal table in the space. When she came across this “ugly” 80s table at a Savers thrift store for $7.50, she knew she’d be able to use it along with her existing table to create a neat cluster effect.

(Image credit: Ellen Walsh)

From Ellen:

I decided to paint both tables a dark gray top with a taupe/brown base as I had seen something on Pinterest and was inspired to recreate that color combination. Next I had to figure out how to tackle the ugly faux-leather top on my little coffee table. I have been meaning to try silver-leafing something for quite a while now, so I figured why not try with this project? Two packets of silver leaf later and a lot of huffing and puffing and concentration and apple ale and I was semi-satisfied with the silver leaf result.

I sprayed a couple of layers of Polyurethane varnish over the silver leaf so that I wouldn’t scratch off the silver and it seems to be holding up okay. A quick two layers of gray, two layers of brown underneath and I was ready to style my dressing room. I got the entire thing including the buying of table and equipment done in a day. I am very happy with the results and feel I have achieved an Anthropologie type of vibe.

Thank you Ellen!