Furniture Tweak: Spray Paint to the Rescue

Did you watch Trading Spaces back when it was first on? I totally did, and lately I’ve been binge-watching old episodes, and the new ones that just came out (the free ones on the website, and the rest on Amazon). Those designers really know the transformative power of spray paint. If you’re a DIY-er, I probably don’t need to tell you why spray paint is so great for when you want to change an item’s color. It has been a while since I’ve used it for a furniture makeover, though, and I thought I’d give you a peek at my satisfying before-and-after of a side table. Here it is before:
Side table before spray paint

And here it is after a couple of coats of white spray paint:

Side table after spray paint #DIY

Side table after spray paint #DIY

Not too shabby, right??

For months I’ve been on the lookout for a side table for my walk-in closet area. It needed to be just the right size, and I wanted a tiered one with multiple levels. I’ve been hoping the perfect inexpensive, cute vintage one would present itself, but that hasn’t happened, so when I spotted one at HomeGoods that was almost¬†exactly what I wanted, I snapped it up. It had a weird mottled silver metal finish that I wasn’t a fan of, so I knew I was going to paint it either white, or gold.

Side table before spray paint #DIY

As you can see, I went with white. Mainly because I had a couple of cans of white spray paint on hand, and I knew that if I decided I’d rather paint it gold, putting metallic gold on over a layer of white would make it look better (#spray-paint-tip).

Side table after spray paint #DIY

I masked off the mirrored parts of the table with blue tape and some paper bags. Does anyone else feel like it’s one of those dramatic removing-the-plastic-surgery-bandages scenes from a bad tv movie when you take the tape off of areas after painting? Maybe I’m too emotionally-invested in my DIY projects.

Side table after spray paint #DIY

What do you think, should I paint it gold, or keep it white? I’m leaning toward white, but that might just be because I don’t want to have to buy more spray paint and tape it off again (aka laziness).

Side table after spray paint #DIY

If you’re wondering about either of the plants, the hanging one is a satin pothos, and the one on the table is a maidenhair fern (in a self-watering planter I made). The feminist candle is also a DIY, with a free printable label.

Side table after spray paint #DIY

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