Monday, October 15, 2012

A Thrifted Mid-Century Redo

This little table was found on a thrifting adventure here in Maryland with two of my fave bloggers, Gwen and Cassie.

On my way out the door with a bunch of little items, I saw the tv playing to keep the kiddies happy while their moms found junk treasure. What was really catching my eye was the little table that served as the tv stand.

I convinced the manager that she could give up that table (to me) and another table would work just fine as their tv stand. She had to work a little to switch it up, but I have no shame it never hurts to ask!

It's scuffed up from being in a thrift shop, with a tv on it, and kids near it...and it's cheap formica top means it'll be a pain to paint, but the shape is really interesting.

The three metal leg tips that it came with were a little gunky, but steel wool is amazing for shining up metal.

Wish I had all four, but what can I say - the table was only $5.

Since I put gray on the walls, and black and silver on the shelves, and silver accents on another table in the room, it seemed like black and silver would work well.

Here's the newly updated table and I love it!

The star is a stencil design that I cut out using a stencil blank and exacto knife. I did the star on the lower shelf first, then did the one on top with a different method...and of course, the one on the lower shelf turned out better. 

C'est la vie, right? If I ever feel ambitious (not likely), I'll sand down the top and redo it. Seriously, not gonna happen.

Here's where I might share this little project:


  1. A mid-century beauty! I wouldn't have even noticed the table with a t.v. on top. Love the cool 50's style star you painted to jazz it up! Sounds like it was a good thrifting day for you.

  2. The star is an awesome idea for that style of table. Goes perfectly!

  3. WOW!!!!!!!!! it looks amazing, jill!!! love the stars- so perfect!

  4. Thanks for visiting! Your blog is new to me, but I love what I see, so I will be your newest follower.

    Did you have a template to make your star stencil? I have a table I am working on, and I had thought to do something similar with different shades in it on the top.

  5. oh wow! it's a whole new table, I can't believe you only got it for $5...great job!

  6. Wow, this turned out fabulous! Great job! :)

  7. It's perfect, Jill! What a great find... You did an awesome job! And no one will ever see that missing tip...

    It was totally worth that $5!

  8. Paint, toe nail polish and even a graphic. You got it going on girl.


  9. Beautiful table redo, Jill--I love it, and love that you are not afraid to ask for what you want at a sale! Good work! Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, and glad that you liked my vintage bar cart. I'm having fun making the living room look like a 1920s cabaret, and that bar cart is part of the transformation!

  10. Beautiful, and you are a girl after my own heart, I have no shame when it comes to asking for something that is not technically for sale; the shelf that is holding something, the piece in the window, the garment on a mannequin, whatever. Most of the time, they are happy to make a sale!

  11. Great looking table Jill! I love the star design and those va va voom! Next time I'm at the thrift store I'll have to pay more attention to what they're using to display stuff.

  12. Great idea for the table. Love how it turned out!

  13. What a fabulous makeover!! Love the stars!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  14. Really cute makeover! Loving mid-century modern right now and the star is perfect!

  15. I love the stars! I may have a thing for stars in general, and stars on a sweet side table are the perfect combo in my books! Great job!


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