I loved the great lines and details of this old table but it was showing its age and the legs were a little shaky. After taking care of the structural issues, it was standing sturdy once again.

Small Old Table - Before (Top)

Small Old Table – Before (Top)

Small Old Table - Before

Small Old Table – Before


Now time to pretty it up. The wood on the table top, although very nice, had suffered some unrepairable damage, so I taped out and painted a harlequin design to allow the beautiful wood to peek out and hide those ugly dark areas.

Old Side Table - After (Top)

Old Side Table – After (Top)

I used a fleur de lis stencil to dress up the bottom shelf. It’s always a good match with a harlequin pattern.

Old Side Table - After (bottom shelf)

Old Side Table – After (bottom shelf)

To finish it off, I used a dark wax to make all the great detail in the molding stand out then clear wax over all, both from American Paint Company, great products.

Old Side Table - After

Old Side Table – After

On to the small bookshelves. This old piece was obviously hand built, which makes it a bit more special to me. Although it has great lines it was in need of some sprucing up.

Small Bookshelves - Before

Small Bookshelves – Before

I started by adding a small architectural piece to the top then trimmed the front with a beaded molding. I made this by sandwiching a string of Christmas garland beads between two small square dowels. It gives the same look of the beaded wood molding but cost a lot less.

Small Bookshelves - After (Molding)

Small Bookshelves – After (Molding)

Small Bookshelves - After (Top)

Small Bookshelves – After (Top)


Then to finish it off I painted it grey and, for a pop of color, added burnt orange to the inside.

Small Bookshelves - After

Small Bookshelves – After