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How to: repaint an antique bedside table

You’ve just bought the ultimate flea-market bargain: an antique bedside table. You proudly carry the table home and think:

Ohhhh! I’m going to do a great job of renovating this bargain……..sometime…

How many times haven’t we collected flea market bargains that have ended up int eh category: I’ll-renovat-it-soon. But in reality it just becomes yet another unfinished project in the attic.

Time to do something about it!

Here is a simple guide to transforming an old bargain into a luxurious antique bedside table suitable for Marie Antoinette :)

It’s very easy to repaint old wooden furniture, and is job that can go quicker thank you might think.

Antique bedside tables

bedside table

You can easy repaint an old table and go from this …..to…..

THIS……..and look how good an old antqiue can become with just a little silver paint

bedside table antique

antique bedroom

Re-paint an antique bedside table: shopping list

Fine sandpaper, cleaning agent, base coat, small and large brush, water-based paint

Re-paint an antique bedside table: how to

1. Preparation, preparation, preparation
Sand down the bedside table thoroughly using fine sandpaper. If it’s unpainted, check to see if it has any knots and apply a coat of knotting solution if necessary.

2. Clean and prime
Prepare the surface for painting with a cleaning agent such as white spirit. Use a lint-free cloth to dry the table and remove any dust. Give the bedside table a coat of primer. This will make it much easier to apply the top coat.

3. Apply top coat
Paint the surfaces of the table with acrylic paint. This dries quicker and has less odour than oil-based paints. Apply two coats, letting the first dry before applying the second. Use a large brush for the main surfaces and a smaller one for finer details.

VOILA! Your old antique bargain has finally had a much-deserved make-over. It’s amazing what a little paint can do. Now you can be proud of your antique bedside table and show it off when friends come over :)

What are your thoughts aobout renovated antique tables – hotttt or not?

Have a FAB weekend cuties :)


  1. The bedside table are beautiful. White always look good. The bedrooms look so cosy and comfortable.

  2. I wish I had a bigger flat or my own house to create every single room beautyful like this!! :) Great inspiration!! <3
    xoxo from Munich

  3. Love this idea! Last summer, I tried to find a headboard at a garage sale, so I could refinish it, but I’m tentative as to whether my DIY project would work. I generally get frustrated and give up on a large project like a furniture piece; I barely made it through window boxes two summers ago! But maybe I’ll give it a go this year: nothing ventured, nothing gained!


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