Some Spray Paint Magic {A Table Redo}

First let me say a HUGE thank you to all of you that commented on the skincare post!! Wow! Y’all are awesome, and I read all of the comments and I have tons of great information now and many new products to try.  I will keep you posted on how the ole’ face turns out. :)

And now for the table.

Remember this little table we have in the kitchen/breakfast room?

Ehhh, nice little table skirt huh? ;)  This is where our router is for the tv/internet connection, so that’s why I tried to make it cute with that fabric. But it really wasn’t doing it for me anymore.  My new word of the year is “enhance,” so I thought that’s what this little table needed.  I’ve had this table for years…like early apartment days.

First I primed it then spray painted it grey in a glossy finish.

And this time I didn’t want to cover up the legs, and was just going to find a cute shower curtain or something and cut it up, but when I was at Marshall’s recently I came across this:

They had tons of cute aprons on clearance so I bought 2 of them. How perfect right?  All of the work was done for me and it has ruffles which is what I was envisioning.  And the length was perfect!

I cut from where the waist is and then I had my perfect length “skirt.”  I used 1 apron for the front of the table since it’s wider, and the other apron split down the middle for the 2 sides of the table. Then I just glued them up with fabric glue on the underside of the table.

And here’s the new table all dressed up!

So cute right??  The lamp shade is a little big I know.  But I had such a hard time finding the perfect lamp and I finally found one at Homegoods and love the base, so I may get a new shade one day. But it’s actually grown on me. :)

A pretty white lacquer box found on clearance at Marshall’s, and my new obsession is white ceramic owls (even though I’m a little late on the owl trend).

Some owls are creepy looking, but I picked this one up at West Elm on the blogger meet-up and it’s just too cute!  The little bowl is from Anthropologie.

And the ugly router box is nicely tucked away and hidden, and easier to get to since I did the skirt differently this time.

And a few more pics.

And a night photo because it looks so pretty at night. I put in a bright halogen bulb and love the way the big shade casts the shadows on the wall and the ceiling.

So whatcha think?  Paint is a magical thing, yes?  This table is now a little modern mixed with traditional…right up my alley. :)

And of course this is not a perfect paint job by any means.  I totally forgot to put a coat of polycrylic on to seal it before I primed and painted and so then I got a few cracks.

But that’s ok. Me and perfect don’t get along.  :)  It’s really not that noticeable in person but of course it looks like it is in that magnified photo of my mistakes. Cracks are whack y’all.

But the good news is that my friend Mandie does tell you how to paint like a pro (because she is one), like with a brush and everything, in her awesome e-book on how to paint furniture.  I think I will follow her instructions next time. :)  But you can download for ten bucks by clicking the button below, if you’d like to learn to paint the right way.

And I’ll be sharing this post at The Shabby Nest, Tatertots and Jello, Between Naps on the Porch, Funky Junk InteriorsThe Shabby Chic Cottage and Sarah’s spray paint party so get your projects ready and get trigger happy. :)

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  1. the new SKIRT is darling (& with the built in ruffles – perfect!) I NEVER would have thought to glue it to the table…brilliant!

  2. Love the grey. And the aprons are so sweet. Awesome job!

  3. Love it Emily! And, what a great idea to use the aprons. Love the accessories too…I have the owl (it will go in my new office), a bowl similar, and the same white laquer box!

  4. Super cute! Love the new color and that fabric is perfect!

  5. wait…polycrylic BEFORE priming? I’ve never heard of this, and I have issues with cracks. Is that what causes it?!

  6. What a cute idea!! I would have just walked past those aprons, but this is genius! : ) You smart cookie, you!

  7. Love that!! what a great idea with the apron! love the color too!!!

  8. LOVE it! Projects like this make me so happy…great job on the repurposing the clearance aprons! You are a girl after my own heart:)

  9. LOVE the skirt…love the owl!
    Fabulous job!!

  10. LOVE IT!!! I love the apron too!! So great! :)

  11. How cute is that apron turned table skirt! I love the color you chose for the table too!

  12. What a amazing re-do! I love how cute the apron tuned out…GREAT JOB!

  13. I like the gray! I debated on using this color the other day :) And the owl is very cute – even though some people think it’s too trendy ;)

  14. Ugh, the world is so unfair. I have been looking for a small desk/table/sheving unit for my kitchen for MONTHS and this little table would be PERFECT. Can you clone it and send me one? :D I love the skirt – and I’m not a ruffles type of person. Great idea to keep in mind should I EVER find that perfect table!

  15. Love, love, love. The gray spraypaint is perfect and what a score on the apron. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I love it! To me “she” is so much prettier with a little “leg” showing! Great idea with the apron!

  17. It is so cute!!! love the grey and the “skirt”!

    And hey, my headboard has that same crackle. We’re twins!!!

  18. Such a cute idea! I love using things for something other than what it is intended for, especially when it saves time and money. Great idea!

  19. love love the apron and love love love the owl! I actually have both the small and large owls from West Elm, and you’re right- some owls are totally creepy, but these are sweeties!

  20. DARLING! HomeGoods is totally my favorite place for lamps. I’ve bought more than I need. ;)

  21. It looks adorable! And your owl is cute too :).

  22. Can I just say that I am IN LOVE with your blog?!?!?!?! Seriously. How on earth do you come up with this stuff?!? It’s amazing.

  23. It’s so pretty! I love the “enhancement” for sure!

  24. I love it! You are very clever to use an apron as a skirt, very cool!

  25. So adorable! I love the gray and yellow combo — fresh and fun. And the owl is too cute. I’ve got a thing for owls myself (but who doesn’t?)

  26. So cute – love the color combos, too. Way to re-purpose the apron! Those little owls are also at Tarjay in their $1 spot at the front of the store…check them out!

  27. Ooolala…LOVE the new gray paint. I saw those aprons at my Marshall’s too, but never would I have thought to use them so cleverly as you.

  28. Great job on the table redo! I love the aprons and it certainly saved you from a big sewing project. I love the look but think a less bulky lamp on that table would make it love even more look fabulous.

  29. Hi – visiting from Tatertots & Jello blog. What a fantastic transformation! I love spray paint. I’m actually having a spray paint linky party on my blog all week through end of day Sunday! Would love it if you’d link up :-)

  30. BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh ~ I can NOT sew and this is something I can do! Thank you for sharing this – and even the adhesive to use! Heading to Marshalls to get some of these beauties!
    Have a pretty day!

  31. I love this! I really LOVE how you have fabric, but it is tucked behind the legs to display the furniture. Very nice!

  32. So crafty with that apron!! I didn’t realize that was the owl you bought- I have the same one in my office! And I’ve never noticed a blemish on your skin, Gorgeous!!

  33. I think that is the cutest little table ever!!!! I would have had to buy 3 aprons so I could wear one as well!!!

  34. What a cute table. I love the color and the skirt on it.

  35. Cute! Love the gray!

  36. Love the grey and the fabric apron is gorgeous! What a great idea to use it as fabric. Hope you had a wonderful weekend ~ Stephanie Lynn

  37. Very cute! What a great idea to use aprons!

  38. Be still my heart….I love small tables and I love spray paint even more. Love your table!

  39. This turned out darling- really cute idea to use an apron – so sweet! Well done~stopping by from Met Monday. :)

  40. A-freakin-dorable!!


  41. I’m always in awe of people like you who take one thing (an apron) and see a totally different thing (table skirt). Very cute

  42. Lovely new colour and her new skirt is just fab!

  43. wow I luv how you use the apron for the curtain.
    Would luv for our readers to see this, please add it to our linking party.

  44. Love it! The grey is perfect and I think the apron idea is brilliant! :)

  45. Kristin D. says:

    LOVE this table, the color, everything! Super super cute, turned out great. Would you put the polycrylic on BEFORE you primed & painted or AFTER? I painted a table as well and had a few cracks too but I put the polycrylic on to seal it after I already painted it? What’s the right way?

    • Hey Kristin, thank you! I should have put a coat of poly on before to seal it the original finish, and then a final coat of poly as the top coat. That’s why you get the cracks. Boo!

  46. How talented and creative you are! I love the color you painted it and then you go and use an apron for the skirt? Genius!
    I have a vintage dressing table with the swing out arms as my next project. Just might have to check out Marshalls. By the way I saw the same lacquer box at TJs in aqua. Now I hope it is still there tomorrow
    Thanks for sharing this at Funky Junk Interiors!

  47. That table is soooo cute!!!! I love it, I am looking around my house right now for something to do a little spray paint makeover!!!! I love your home, it is absolutely gorgeous and you are “inspiring” with a capital “I”

  48. Thanks for sharing the tip for using polycrylic. I have that Altar’d book, though, and that information is not in there.

  49. Michelle G. says:

    ok first off i think your re-do of this table is beautiful. But I do have to say what you put under it is rather ironic. I work for the company that makes & provides support for those routers, n I read your blog to stop thinkin bout work when i can. Lawl! what a small world. Beautiful table :)

  50. Super cute! I LOVE this!! Great idea. :)


  51. What brand/color of glossy grey spray paint did you use? It’s perfect for my bookcase that I’m redoing for my office. Yellow and grey of course :) Love your blog!!

  52. HI, I just launched a Rust-Oleum Linky Party Page on my blog and would love for you to come and link up. It is an ongoing linky so no rush. No rules just good old fashioned Rust-Oleum love!
    You can find the party here:
    Hope to see you there!

  53. I second Christy’s question: What brand/color of glossy grey spray paint did you use? I like the way this turned out- and I would hate to buy spray paint in any old grey with out knowing how it actually turns out. Please let me know- I’m so tired of waiting to do my projects because I’m scared I will choose the wrong color!


  54. Hola! I’ve been reading your website for some time now and finally got the courage to
    go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the good job!

  55. You are so awesome! I do not think I have read a single thing like this before.
    So wonderful to discover someone with a few genuine thoughts on this subject.

    Seriously.. thabks for starting this up.

    This website is one thing tat is required on the web, someone with a little originality!


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