Before & After: My Dramatic Table Overhaul

Before & After: My Dramatic Table Overhaul

Jason Loper
Nov 5, 2010

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.

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 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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