Update old furniture by adding easy to install metal feet! | 80’s Thrift Store Side Tables Before and After
Do you have a dated piece of furniture? Not sure how to make it look good again? Adding feet or legs to an old piece of furniture can totally transform a piece. Today I’m sharing these 80’s Thrift Store Side Tables that went from old and tired to sleek and elegant! I hope you love this before and after as much as I do!
It’s also one of my favorite days of the month. I’m joining my Trash To Treasure Crew!! Woohoo! I’ll be sharing links to their before and after tutorials at the bottom of today’s post.
I found this set at a local Thrift Store selling for $12 each. They even ‘styled’ them by adding a fake plant beside the set. 😉
Here’s the updated makeover. Amazing how a little black paint and metal legs can change the entire vibe, don’t you think?
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- DeWalt Orbital Sander
- Husky Spray Gun
- DeWalt Drill
- Rigid Brad Nailer
- DeWalt Drill and Driver Set
- Ryobi Miter Saw
- Tape Measure
ADDING FEET TO FURNITURE
To give these side tables a brand new look, I ordered these metal feet from Amazon. The funny thing is, I only ordered one (1) set for both night tables. Ugggh. Lucky for me (and everyone who has Amazon PRIME), I ordered another set at 10 pm that evening and the feet were delivered to my door by 11 am the next morning! What would we do without Amazon, right?!!!
Before adding the feet to these tables, I had to deal with the scratched and blistered laminate.
I sanded to get rid of the blistering and used this fast-drying compound filler to smooth out all the scratches and blister scars.
To fill in the faux wood grooves and hardware holes, I used DB Brown Mud Wood Fill.
After skimming and filling, I primed the tables with BIN Shellac Primer. If you don’t prime and seal after using wood putty or Bondo, the paint absorbs differently. This can lead to what looks like stains or discolored areas. If you missed the post on how to stop bleedthrough using this primer, you can view the BIN Shellac Primer post and video here.
After the two coats of BIN primer was dry, I sprayed two coats of this Caviar Black. Below is what it looked like after the first coat of Caviar.
To add furniture legs to a piece of furniture, you first have to have something sturdy to attach them too. These tables had a skirt to hide any additional wood pieces so it was really easy to cut and attach a piece of wood to drill in the feet.
- I measured underneath the side table to see what size piece of wood I needed.
- I measured and marked my wood at 21″ to fit
- Using my Miter Saw I cut 4 pieces of wood (2 pieces for each side table)
- I added wood glue to all the areas it would be attaching
- Using a Trim Nailer, I nailed and secured the wood
- The last step was to attach the metal legs in each corner with the screws provided
Here’s the finished look…
Don’t they make a HUGE difference?
To keep the front face of these nightstands (I think they’d make gorgeous night tables!) looking clean and modern, I opted for magnetic push latches instead of hardware on the doors.
They were top coated and sealed with two coats of this Satin Clear Coat. A satin finish you just want to run your hands over! 🙂
And now for some TRASH TO TREASURE FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this talented team of ladies share. They never cease to surprise me with their creativity! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it!
I’m heading over to take a peek right now myself! x
5. Salvaged Inspirations (I’m so happy you’re here!!)
Here’s another look at the before and after…
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS THRIFT STORE NIGHTSTAND MAKEOVER AND THESE METAL LEGS. ALSO, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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