Retro End Table Makeover

It’s Thrift Store Challenge time again hosted by Emily at Le Cultivateur and Tara at Stilettos and Shiplap. My item this month is a fun curb side find my husband brought home for me. The style of it looks retro to me, which is why I am calling this my Retro End Table Makeover.

I have joined a group of fun, thrift store lovin’ ladies for this challenge! These ladies always rock it, so be sure to check out what they have found at the bottom of this post. You can check out all my past thrift store finds/makeovers here and all my trash to treasure projects here.

Here is the before picture of my Retro End Table Makeover…..

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Step 1, Retro End Table Makeover – Fill in any chips, dings, etc…

Originally I was going to sand this piece and re-stain it another color. However, once I started sanding it, it wasn’t looking very good and I ended up chipping a piece of the wood on the top. Oops! I stopped sanding and decided I would just paint this piece instead. But, first I had to repair my damage.

To do this I simply used some wood filler.

Step 2 – Spray Paint…

I like to use spray paint for all my furniture flips. It is so easy to use, comes in a ton of colors, goes on smooth, and is pretty inexpensive. Originally, I was going to paint this piece a matte black. However, once I got to Lowes I ended up buying ‘Ink Blue’ in Matte instead. Apparently, Ink Blue is a 2021 Color of the Year. HA! Who knew?

This paint is so great! It has a built in primer, so a little goes a long way. I bought 2 cans and ended up using 1 full can and just a little of the second can (which means I have enough to use for another project).

Step 3, Spray Paint the Handles…

The handles were looking rough so I ended up spray painting those too. I used Gold Leaf which is also a 2021 Color of the Year. Look at me picking out all the popular colors! LOL I love the look of these 2 colors together.

Step 4, Drawers…

I had some left over wallpaper from my guest bathroom project, so I decided to use a piece to line the drawer. I think it looks cool and gives it a little something extra.

Step 5, Polycrylic Top Coat

Make sure you add several layers of polycrylic to seal the paint and keep it from chipping. I like to use this…

Water Based Polyurethane
Water Based Polyurethane

That is it….

I plan to try to sell this piece on Facebook Marketplace. What do you guys think? Do you like the blue or should I have gone with the black instead? Personally, I am a big fan of blue and like this color combo together.

Thrift Store Challenge - Retro End Table

I had to include this picture too. My curious cats immediately wanted in on the new table.


Please check out what all the ladies in this challenge found this month…

Tara from Stilletos and Shiplap

Emily from Le Cultivateur

Teresa from Through a Vintage Door

Mariah from Worcester Run

Robyn from Robyns Reverie


  • Reply Teresa June 17, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! Good choice going with the blue. This looks original, it’s perfect.. Love it!!

    • Reply Jodi House June 17, 2021 at 9:53 am

      Thank you! I am glad you like the blue too.

  • Reply Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap June 17, 2021 at 8:59 am

    I think it looks fabulous and I love the warm gold against the cool blue. Honestly I think the color was a great choice, especially for where you live. Black MIGHT sell a wee bit quicker but I think the navy was the right decision for sure and looks great with the retro style of this table. You are the queen of curbside finds! I’ve never seen anyone find as many treasures at the curb as you do.

    • Reply Jodi House June 17, 2021 at 9:54 am

      Thanks, Tara! I know. We LUCK out with the curbside finds. My husband brings me home treasures (and some that aren’t treasures) ALL the time.

  • Reply Carolyn June 18, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Love the blue. It really shows off the details on the table a lot more than the black would.

    • Reply Jodi House June 18, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks for saying that. I’m glad I went with the blue too.

  • Reply Michelle June 18, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    It looks amazing! I definitely love the blue. And those colors go so well together.

  • Reply Emily June 24, 2021 at 10:46 am

    I love this table!!! It turned out so cute!!! I’m so loving the color!! Makes me want to paint something a deep moody blue! Soooo pretty!!!

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