Navy and Gold End Table Makeover

This is a sponsored post and also contains affiliate links. All opinions are entirely my own.

Navy and gold vintage end table makeover. The fab furniture flippin contest.


Last month I featured a gorgeous green hutch makeover from Thirty Eighth Street at one of our Best of the Weekend Link Parties. This hutch was part of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest. Now, I’ve never heard of this sort of contest but my furniture flipping heart started to beat a little faster with each word I read. Basically, the contest runs monthly with a different sponsor and prize for furniture flipping lovers (like me!!). Hello? What could be more fun?? You can bet your sweet you know what that I signed up on the spot.  Details about how to become involved are at the bottom of this post if you get excited by furniture makeovers and want to participate, too.


Fab Furniture Flippin Contest


This month Evey from Evey’s Creations and Lynn from Fern Avenue are hosting the contest and all of the contestants will be linking their projects up on their blogs.

This month’s contest is sponsored by HomeRight and y’all know how much I love my paint sprayer and everything else HomeRight these days. And since they were so cool about sponsoring a giveaway for us last month and all, I’m kind of a big fan.

Home Right Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest October

This month’s theme is “Spray It Pretty”.  You can see why I jumped at the chance since I’ve been known to spray paint pretty much anything and everything. In this case, I had a go at a couple of end tables that have been sitting in my garage forever.  (Which meant dirty and dusty).


End table before 24 Cottonwood Lane


After a good cleaning with some tsp, they got a quick coat of primer. I used my HomeRight Paint Sprayer for both the primer and the finish for this project (Which meant quick and easy).


HomeRight Paint Sprayer.


The primer dries really quickly when applied with the sprayer.


24 Cottonwood Lane Vintage End Table Before


I decided to go in a different direction this time by using a semi-gloss finish in my favorite Naval from Sherwin Williams.


naval paint


I have used semi-glosses in the past but the brush and roller marks are usually visible and this bothers my perfectionist self. Big time. I haven’t used a semi or high gloss with the paint sprayer and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. The first coat gave me some cause to panic as it wasn’t covering as well as with a regular eggshell finish.


Vintage night table makeover. First coat of paint


But by the second coat, I was doing my typical happy dance that I always do when I’ve used my paint sprayer. In the picture below, the table had just been sprayed with a second coat and was nice and shiny. The semi-gloss finish took a little longer to dry than I’m used to. Once it was dry however, the paint levelled out beautifully.


24 Cottonwood Lane. Vintage dresser makeover


Once everything had dried, I brought the tables inside for a coat of gold spray paint. I may have forgotten to tape off the bottom of the furniture before spray painting which meant I had a few touch ups to do.


Vintage end table makeover in navy and gold.


The handles were given the same splash of gold spray paint as the legs.


Gold handles for navy end table makeover.


As always, the sprayer left a totally professional finish. No brush marks, no splotchy spots…just perfection.


Vintage end table makeover in navy and gold.


Here’s the end result! So pleased 🙂


Navy and gold vintage end table makeover.


I’m going to try to contain myself but I’m so seriously thrilled with how these end tables turned out that I got a little picture happy.


Vintage end table makeover in navy and gold.



Navy and gold vintage end table makeover. 24cottonwoodlane.come



Navy and gold vintage end table makeover.


The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest is open to entrants that have signed up through the group Facebook page. If you love furniture flipping like I do and want to enter in future contests, you can email the hosts at info@fabfurnitureflippincontest for details.

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Grey and White Dresser Makeover and a Giveaway

Painting furniture is one of my favorite things to do but when I started doing custom pieces for clients, I wanted a more professional finish so I took a leap of faith and looked into a paint sprayer. After careful consideration (read agonizing indecision) I settled on a HomeRight Paint Sprayer on Amazon. I bought this one based on the reviews and the fact that it was well priced. It took me a few weeks to build up the nerve to try it. I was afraid that it would be hard to use or hard to clean up or, worse, that I’d somehow mess it up. I know. Nuts, right? But once I did figure it out, I went to town. So when HomeRight asked me to review their Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer, I was in.


Home Right Paint Sprayer Review


To be completely fair to our readers, I wanted to try it out on a few pieces and with different paints and finishes before I wrote about it. If I don’t like something, I don’t write about it. Or I write and complain loudly. But, I’ve done about six pieces so far and I’m loving it. It’s so fast and easy that I sometimes do two or three pieces at a time.

Today I’m sharing this little Mid-Century Modern dresser makeover. Here’s what we started with….a lovely plastic type veneer that looks like wood over solid wood. (Why?)


Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover- Before


This was a custom order from a client who wanted something grey and white to use as a media center.  She also wanted me to paint some end tables along with the dresser.


End tables before being painted


I used Benjamin Moore’s Dior Grey on the exterior and my favorite Snowfall White (also Benjamin Moore) on the drawers. The Dior Grey was also used on the end tables.

Because the dresser had a plastic type veneer coating, I gave it a good sanding to scuff it up before priming it. I did the priming by hand because it was around 90 degrees and ridiculously humid. The sprayer works best when it less than 90 degrees and not so humid. How do I know this? Because I painted another piece in the blazing hot sun on a humid day and this is what happened. Looked like stucco.  It was an easy fix with some light sanding but save yourself the time and trouble.




Once the pieces were primed I strained the paint (because it was over a year old) and then diluted it according to the directions. The sprayer comes with a little plastic cup (they call it a viscosity cup) that helps determine if your paint needs to be diluted with water. I usually dilute the paint about 10% with water as per directions from my paint guy at Sherwin Williams and the cup experiment. For the math challenged (like me) that means if I fill the paint cup with 500ml of paint, I add 50 ml of water and mix well. That equals out to be about 3tbsp and 1 tsp of water. This time, I added 4 tbsp (1/4 cup) of water and it worked perfectly.  (Scroll to the bottom for more tips and tricks.)

Here’s the dresser after the first coat of grey paint. You can see the white drawers in the background. They had already been sprayed with the white along with another dresser I was working on. (Told you….three projects at once!…Why I love this sprayer!) I don’t have any actual pictures of me using the sprayer because I live alone with two little boys who can’t be trusted to hold a camera. Or take pictures. Or not get in the way of a sprayer.


MCM 1st coat


I only needed two coats of the grey and the white and it was ready for the top coat. I didn’t clean the sprayer between coats since the first coat was dry to touch within 10 minutes. Fast and easy 🙂


MCM white drawers


I used a polyacrylic in the sprayer for the topcoat which doesn’t require diluting. One coat is usually all that’s necessary and I’ve never needed to sand like I do when I’m applying the top coat by brush.

The end table handles got some white semi-gloss spray paint and the dresser handles were spray painted with Rustoleum’s grey spray paint which is a couple of shades darker than the exterior and made a nice contrast.


Grey dresser handles


Ready to be wowed?


MCM white and grey dresser


Totally professional finish and not a brush mark in sight!


left side mcm dresser



Mid Century Modern grey and white dresser



Grey and white dresser



MCM dresser 1


And we can’t forget these little guys.


grey end tables



  • Always strain old paint to avoid the sprayer from clumping.
  • Use the viscosity cup to determine if the paint requires diluting according to the manufacturers directions. Always. I’ve tried eye-balling it and I’ve been wrong.
  • Don’t use the sprayer in temperatures over 90 degrees or when extremely humid. The paint will come out clumpy and have a stucco like finish.
  • The painter has an over spray. Protect your garage walls and floors. HomeRight does have a spray tent that looks terrific. In fact, they sent me one to try which is pretty cool. What wasn’t cool was that I couldn’t put it together on my own (single parent here) so I wasn’t able to use it. Boo.
  • Before using the sprayer, test on a board or cardboard until you get comfortable with how it sprays. It’s easier to make mistakes on cardboard than on something you actually care about.
  • Spray side to side without bending your wrist at the end. Keep the sprayer between 10 and 12 inches from the piece for even spraying. Multiple thin coats are better than one thick coat which can lead to drips.
  • Clean the sprayer immediately after using and don’t let paint sit for longer than 30 minutes or it can clog the nozzle. The paint dries really fast which means I don’t clean between coats. I keep a few wet q-tip handy to wipe the nozzle between coats. I was worried it would be a pain to clean…it’s not.


Bottom line? I love it. Like might have to marry it…love it that much.

And HomeRight is so darn awesome that they’ve offered to provide one of these fabulous paint sprayers to one of you lucky readers. Just enter below. The give away runs from September 8 closes on October 1, 2015 and I’ll announce the winner in our September Review.


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MCM pinterest


This is a sponsored post by HomeRight who have also provided the giveaway prize. All opinions are, as always, my own. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t write about it. Affiliate links have been included for your convenience.




Inspired by You- Weekend Features #11

I can’t believe it’s time for another best of the bloggers weekend features!

Maybe you noticed the hot mess I’ve made of the blog? I finally took the plunge and moved from Blogger to WordPress. I’m still on the fence about this decision since the migration was less than smooth and most of my old posts (all 151 of them!) are missing photos or have lost the links. I’m slowly working my way through them one at a time to try to get them back to the way they were. So painful! I also lost my font and a lot of the formatting that I had just updated in June. And I have no idea how to work anything. So bear with us while I figure stuff out. This is the first post I’ve written since the migration and it’s taken me at least 4 times as long. I seem to keep deleting photos after I’ve added them every time I start a new paragraph. I actually managed to accidentally publish it on Friday night well before it was finished which resulted in me deleting the whole thing and starting over. Not happy.


We had a crazy busy week on top of all the blog drama, too. We had so many appointments this week with the boys that I feel like the week has whipped on by.  Liam had an EEG, the social worker was out to check in, and Aiden had his second dentist appointment. The dentist said he needs to lose his “Susan” (pacifier). Yes, he calls it Susan. No, I don’t know why but it’s hilarious. As in “Me just go see Susan 1 minute. Me love Susan so so much.” Cute, right? Now picture it with a lisp. Even cuter.


On other fronts, I finally shared the minion cupcakes tutorial for the boys 3rd and 4th birthday party.




And I also had some time to paint some pillows rather than replacing them. Because I’m cheap like that. I mean “thrifty’.


update pillows mine


Comfy? Got yourself something to sip on? Good. Let’s take a look at this weeks features.


Week 11


Gina at Kleinworth & Co shared her easy Caramel Apple Pie Filling recipe. And there’s a link on the same page to a great crust recipe as well.


caramel apple pie filling
Kleinworth & Co


Maryanne from Domestically Speaking shared this easy Frozen Lemon Bars idea. No baking and made in the microwave!


Domestically Speaking


Jenn at The Rebel Chick whipped up some Smores Muddy Buddies. Oh, smores. Will I ever get tired of you?


The Rebel Chick
The Rebel Chick


Deb at Cooking on the Front Burners took salad to a whole new level by adding cherries and quinoa to her Arugula Quinoa Salad. There’s fig preserves in the dressing and everything. I would eat that. Just saying.



Fresh Cherry Argula Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
Cooking on the Front Burner


Lolli at Better in Bulk made ice cream sandwiches with Rice Krispie treats. I could lick the screen everytime I look at these photos.


rice krispie treat ice cream sandwiches
Better In Bulk


Jac, one half of the dynamic due over at Champagne DIY took DIY on when she made a pineapple phone case. I so wish I could find a clear phone case for my Sony xperia! I’d love to make one of these!


Pineapple phone case
Champagne DIY


Y’all know I love a furniture makeover so get an eyeball at this beauty from Wendi at H2O Bungalow! Paint, frosted glass, and birds…it’s got it all.


Bath storage cabinet
H2O Bungalow


Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea also did an amazing furniture flip with this pretty desk and chair.


Virginia Sweet Pea
Virginia Sweet Pea


I’m loving the bright colors in this lamp makeover from Mila at Mila’s Little Things.


Mila's Little Things
Mila’s Little Things


I love how Julie from Love It, Learn It, Make it recovered a chair in vinyl table cloth. Could this be any cuter?


vinyl chair


Don’t forget to visit each talented blogger and pin from the original site. Have a great week!


xo xo Jenna



Sharing these talented bloggers here and over at Serenity NowFinding Silver Pennies, Home Stories A to Z,  Cedarhill FarmhouseFluster BusterCoastal Charm, Bloom DesignsFrom My Front Porch to YoursPieced Pastimes, Tabler for Two, A Life In Balance, and Savvy Southern Style.

Weekend Features- Inspired by You Week #10


Hey, hey! Welcome to the weekend and our regular weekend features article. Hope everyone’s had a good week.

I’ve been keeping a low profile the past two weeks since I’m trying to get furniture orders finished and out of my garage. Hopefully, I’ll be done and have some details about these last couple of projects in the next few weeks or so.  I did share my pink lamp dilemma where I asked for reader ideas on whether or not to paint these babies. The brass bottom is going but I’m still undecided about the rest of it.


Let me know what you think about the merits of painting these sixties charmers.

And now it’s on to our weekend features. I love looking through everyone’s posts and seeing what incredible things that people get up to. This is totally my favorite article every week and the research is so much fun. 😉



I need to start off with this great tip since I’m an avid spray painter. Courtenay at Creek Line House shared the best tip for getting spray paint off of your hands! Who knew?


The Creek Line House


Debra from Housewife Eclectic shared her recipe for Honey Sesame Chicken. Yum!


Housewife Eclectic


Kevin from Kevin’s Cooking whipped up Chocolate Creme Brulee. I could die. I’m currently stalking this guy on Facebook for the food porn.


Kevin’s Co

Kevin's Cooking
Kevin’s Cooking


And then there’s the PB&J Bread that made me forget about banana bread for awhile from Amee at Real Advice gal.


Real Advice Gal
Real Advice Gal

Marty from Marty’s Musings shared a yummy punch recipe that could work for adults or children!


Marty’s Musings


Lemonade? Yes. Watermelons and lemonade? Double yes. Jennifer at Jennifer Meyering shared a great recipe for Watermelon Lemonade.


Jennifer Meyering


I’m still hung up on all things peach so I had to include this great recipe for Peach Milkshakes from Erin at DelightfulEMade.




Colleen at Lemon Thistle shared really cute party decor made from washi tape! Brilliant!


Lemon Thistle


Check out this beautiful dresser makeover from Cat at Pocket Full of Posies. Actually there are two and they’re divine!


Pocket Full of Posies
      Pocket Full of Posies



And Virginia at Fynes Designs shared a beautiful master bedroom reveal full of DIY inspiration.


Fynes Designs


As always, show these folks some love and visit and pin from the original post! Have a great week folks!

Ikea Rast Makeover

A few weeks ago I picked up these two Ikea Rasts from Craigslist seller and brought them home. This was the picture listed by the seller. I was charmed but I should have been suspicious of the blurry photos.



They looked adorable in the pictures and I had intended to use them in my room to replace the night tables that I sent down to Alabama (long story…lol).

Except they were awful. The sweet girl that sold them told me they were the first pieces she’d ever painted and she had used gold craft paint and regular white latex. Primer? What’s that? Which is probably why they had crackled and peeled in places.



She also really loved cats. Like there were at least 4 of them in her small apartment and those were the ones that I could see. The dressers were clean but even after cleaning and sanding there was always this mysterious cat fur that kept popping up to stick to my brushes. Yuk.

The good news is a client contacted me the very next day asking if I had a pair of small dressers for a little boy’s nursery. Why yes I do! Perfect.

Because my garage was full and it was raining (for 6 weeks in a row), I took these fellows to the basement for sanding and priming.



The client who had asked about these babies requested that they be painted orange to match her orange and blue nursery. Which is pretty awesome since I have a ton of orange paint sitting here since our last orange dresser makeover.

Even with the sanding and priming they were still pretty rough in spots.

And just like our last orange piece, these took five coats to cover the primer. This is after 2 coats.



Since these dressers were for a little boy’s room, I took the crystal knobs off and saved them for a future project. I found these little brass knobs at Habitat for Humanity for 50 cents each.



I washed and dried them up and took them outside for some quick spray painting. Except it didn’t go that quickly at all. At first it was so humid that the primer wouldn’t dry. I brought them back inside and tried again a few days later. Except then it was so windy that they kept falling over or the plastic that they were sitting on kept flying up and sticking to the paint. I think it took 5 days to get these little knobs painted and dried.


So the dressers waited.



And waited. And waited some more.

Finally the knobs were dried and attached.



Orange and grey. Love.



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