Thrift Store Challenge – Tropical Card Table

It is Thrift Store Challenge time!  It is just a small group of us this month, but that is okay. These ladies always rock this challenge, so be sure to check out what they have found at the bottom of this post. You can check out all my trash to treasure projects here or my thrift store makeovers here.

If you are new here, the rules for the challenge are as follows – purchase something from a thrift shop, garage sale, etc. OR revamp/upcycle a piece(s) we already own that no longer works in our home, OR that we found at the curb waiting for the garbage trucks.  Or, in my case, that someone GAVE you for free. 🙂

My piece this month was a Tommy Bahama style tropical table and chair set that a friend gave me. This friend works at a very nice and very exclusive private golf course here in Naples. They are re-decorating some of the rooms in the clubhouse and were getting rid of this table so he asked me if I wanted it. Um, YES please! This set was used in the Card Room as a game table, but I think it would be a nice dining table too.

Anyway… it is…it is in decent shape but was definitely scratched up in many places and the color was a little dated. Read on to see how I changed its look.

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Materials Used for this Project…

Krylon Chalk Paint – Organic Green
Krylon Chalk Finish Antiquing Wax in Dark Vintage
Chalky Paint and Wax Natural Paint Brush
Brown Paint
Minwax Water Based Polyurthane

Step 1 – Paint

I was going for a tropical look with this piece and wanted the legs green and the top a dark brown. I used some chocolate brown paint I found in my garage for the top and purchased some Krylon Chalky Paint in the color Organic Green from Lowe’s. I know this green is so bright but don’t worry I toned it down.

Step 2 – Add the Wax…

I used Krylon Chalk Finish Antiquing Wax in Dark Vintage to tone down the legs. Using this brush I purchased, I dipped it into the wax and used just a tiny bit at a time.

Here is how it looked after applying the wax. For the top, I dry brushed some white first to try to give it a little bit of an antiqued look, then I also applied the wax to the top of the table as well.

Step 3, Paint the chairs…

I decided to use my Wagner FLEXiO paint sprayer to paint the chairs. I brought them all outside and went to work. Using a paint sprayer saves so much time!

Thrift Store Challenge - Tropical Card Table

To make the chairs match the top of the table I did the following. First, I brushed on some white. Next, I added a bit more brown to tone down the white. Once I was happy with the color, I added the antiquing wax.

Step 4, Top Coat…

I like to use MinWax water based polycrylic to protect the finish rather than polyurethane. I always apply at least 2 coats to the entire piece to protect it from scratches.

Tada….here is the final piece! It is a little different style than I normally do, but I like the way it came out. It’s fun. I plan to list it for sale this week.


Thrift Store Challenge - Tropical Card Table

Please check out the other fabulous projects…

Tara at Stilettos and Shiplap

Emily at LeCultivateur

Danya at A Vintage Flare Farmhouse


  • Reply Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap September 28, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    It turned out so nicely, Jodi. I think it is going to get snapped up very quickly and I think the colors you chose go perfectly with the very tropical style, reminiscent of bamboo. Great job and so glad you could join us this month.

    • Reply Jodi House September 28, 2020 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks so much. I sure hope someone buys it. It was a lot of work!

  • Reply Danya September 28, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Jodi I love how this turned out! I’ve never used the krylon products! I’ll have to check them out. That green is really pretty and I love the pop of color. Beautiful

    • Reply Jodi House September 28, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      The Krylon products are pretty good and reasonable priced at Lowes. I am so glad you like how it turned out.

  • Reply Terrie - Decorate and More with Tip September 30, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    What a great find! I love that you left the top and chairs wood grain. The green pops. Looks like a piece that would cost a lot. Great job!

    • Reply Jodi House September 30, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you, Terrie! It was a lot of work. I listed it on Facebook Marketplace and so far no offers! Maybe the green is too much? Anyway, it was fun to do.

  • Reply Susan Young October 2, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Loving this makeover! So are you planning a big cards night now? 🙂 So much fun to transform this.

    • Reply Jodi House October 2, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks, Susan! I love the way this came out too. Its a little style for me. I actually listed this for sale on FB Marketplace and it just sold today. I love finding treasures to make over and sell. It is a nice little side hustle for me.

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