Guest Post: Angela’s Vintage End Table Makeover

We are honored to welcome Angela from Number Fifty-Three to the blog today. She has a knack for decorating with thrift finds, and she has a cat named Figaro who likes to keep her company while she does her DIY’s. We highly recommend you check out her blog for more awesome furniture makeovers, crafts, and general awesomeness.

Hi everyone! I’m Angela from Number Fifty-Three.  I’m passionate about decorating on a budget and transforming dated thrift store purchases into something spectacular for my home.

I recently discovered Pretty Providence when I found their DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Garland and was just enamored with their fun and fantastic projects, meals and thrifty ideas.  So when Sarah contacted me to share an under $10 project with you all I jumped at the chance. 

One thing that I really love is vintage furniture.  First, it is so sturdy and well made and secondly, you can often times find it at the thrift store for a song.  If you never have, I urge you to find an older piece of furniture to make over. It’s both easy and a great value.

Several months ago I found this beat up end table at my favorite store for $4.99.  While it was definitely in need of a makeover, structurally it was very sound. (That’s Figaro, my DIY assistant.)

I brought it home and honestly, it sat in my house untouched while I tried to figure out exactly what route I wanted to take with it.  That just happens sometimes!

As with all furniture makeovers I start with a good cleaning and a light sanding.  I wanted to go bold and relevant with my color choice so I choose this really rich Precious Emerald Behr paint. 

I have a couple of cost and time saving tips when buying paint.  First, I always have my paint color matched into Behr Ultra. I love the fact that it has primer already in it. I always find priming to be such a chore and an extra expense.  Secondly, when making over a small piece I just buy the tester pots of paint. A tester pot of Behr Ultra is just $2.94 at my local Home Depot.

I did two full coats in side and out on my end table and I still have paint left over.  Tester pots really give you the freedom, with out a major commitment, to be daring and pick a fun color to accent your room. (My newly painted end tables before waxing.)

When my paint had dried I gave it a good coat of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.  I didn’t really figure this into my project cost, because this is something I always have on hand.  It averages about $10 for a 1 LB can, but a little goes a long way. I cannot even count how many pieces of furniture I have finished with this single can.

Here’s the finished end table in our office/homeschool classroom. I typically decorate very neutrally so this pop of green really makes a fun and vintagey statement.

I would love to welcome you over to Number Fifty-Three and thanks so much Pretty Providence for having me!

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    Gorgeous!!! Now what does the finish wax do?

    Something Nice and Pretty

    That is adorable, I’m a follower of Angela’s and love her blog and the projects she does. She is always so inspiring!

    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

    what a gorgeous emerald green! that table is so fun! :) love the globe paired with it.

    Angela Santaniello

    Thanks so much! The Minwax gives the furniture a light sheen and helps protect it.


    The Spanglers

    I was wondering the same thing as Angie.


    Nicely done! What is the function of the minwax finishing paste? Thank you.


    I don’t know about everyone else, but you totally inspired me! Thanks Angela, we love you and we’re glad you shared here at pretty providence today!!