How to Make Over Bedside Tables

by Joanne Carry

From fugly to fabulous!


  • Palm sander (or a bit of muscle & sandpaper)
  • Zinsser 123 Primer
  • Paint (high gloss black used here)
  • New handles
  • Paintbrush
  • Drawer liner
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    These ugly side tables had potential. $80 for both on Kijiji was way better than $200 each for something similar brand new. They just needed a bit of love.

    Step 2

    Sand down any shiny surfaces so paint will adhere. I only did this to the top as the rest was painted wood. (Yes, our deck is next on the project list!)

    Step 3

    Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 will help paint stick to anything! Prime any surface you think may need it. I just did the top.

    Step 4

    Take the drawers out, handles off, put your drop sheet down & get painting.

    Step 5

    I wanted black & was happy with BEHR's high gloss enamel. It has a glass-like finish & brush strokes were minimal. Hint: a splurge on a good soft brush to cut down on brush strokes showing in paint.

    Step 6

    Now the fun part... The painting.

    Step 7

    It may be easier to start upside down.

    Step 8

    I finished them off with some glass handles & now have nice new bedside tables.