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 ……..

sängbord antika möbler

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

bedside table antique

antique bedroom

night table chair 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 :)


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  • Reply
    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 17:10

    It’s very beautiful ! *o*

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    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 17:10

    Beautiful! I really like the first bedside table!


  • Reply
    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 18:04

    Très, très joli! (very, very beautiful).

  • Reply
    Karin på Pettas
    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 19:39

    Läckert i kubik! Jättefina bilder och förstås tips!
    Nu gäller det att hålla ögonen öppna efter passliga sängbord att göra om.)

  • Reply
    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 19:49

    Så fint!
    Kolla in min blogg, tävling just nu :-)

  • Reply
    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 22:51

    Jädrans vad snyggt !!!….jaa loppisfynd…….kan man göra mycket av…..
    Ha en trevlig helg!
    Kram bia

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    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 00:58

    Superfint! Verkligen!
    Idag visar jag “skalet” för min första collection för doftljusen. Ja, om jag inte hunnit berätta det innan så kan du gärna kolla och tycka till.

    Tänkte åka till Gbg inom kort ;)
    Maila mig din mailadress


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    laura madalene
    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 03:45

    I love about this exhibition in particular is that his character and personality is in every piece and every room. Its fun, playful, serious, inspirational and an honest and intimate insight into his world. Perfect!

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    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:10

    Är det du som har fixat alla dessa vackra sängbord! Så himla fint!

    Kram Anna

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    Villa Freja
    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:12

    Bra tips.
    I vår, när jag kan stå ute och måla ska jag göra om farfars gamla skrivbord och måla det vitt. Kram.

  • Reply
    Michelle Lee
    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 15:06

    great post

  • Reply
    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 21:51

    Tack för tipset, ska snart börja att renovera ett stort gammalt skolbokskåp som står i garaget o bara väntar. Kramisar Tina

  • Reply
    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 00:41

    Beautiful interiors! Makes me sad that my house is not as cool! :)

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    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 02:51

    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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    Lola Finn
    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 13:30

    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

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    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 16:26

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

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    Nieco Starsza Dziewczyna
    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 16:38

    Thank you for your comment. You have a great blog. Following

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    A House With A View
    Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 20:13

    Me like a lot!!! Ja jisses vad himla fint det går att göra med enkla medel, gäller bara att ha öga för alla skatter som finns där ute på alla härliga loppisar :) Stort gilla med silverfärg på möbler, superfint!! Jättehärlig inspo!

    Kraaaaam aka

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    Beauty Follower
    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 18:14

    Really nice idea!

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    Johanna - A dream as a model ♥
    Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 18:30

    så fint!

    sv: Tack så mycket :D

  • Reply
    Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 15:32

    Var finns de fina silverfärgade el-kandelabrarna att få tag på som står på de vackra vita sängborden?

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      Maria Ljungström
      Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 22:29

      Hej :) det vet jag inte för de bilderna är tagna från pinterest som allmän inspiration bara och är dessutom Amerikanska. LOVE M

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