DIY (Ombre Side Table)

Have you ever purchased a home decor item that you “had-to-have” at the time, and later turned to despise?  That’s the case with a round side table we purchased about four years ago. It’s just too clunky and dark for my current style.  I’ve tried to sell it, but couldn’t find a buyer.  I could donate it, but I thought I’d try a DIY project first, since if I end up hating it, I don’t have much to lose.

Here’s the table in question beside the settee under our stairway.  Taking the West Elm lime green ombre throw as inspiration, I decided to ombre paint the table.

The table is metal, so I applied two coats of primer, then two coats of lime green spray paint all over.

Then I sprayed the bottom with a darker green, with a heavy hand at the bottom and a lighter spray as I approached the middle.  I did the same thing with gold spray paint at the top. It’s not a precise paint job, but I wanted each color to bleed into the next, as opposed to having a taped straight line. 
Then I added a round beveled mirror (from Target) to the top, but I still need to glue it. 

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I wouldn’t say I’m in love with it or that it will stay forever, but I like it better than the before.  And spray paint is FUN:)
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28 Comments

  1. August 2, 2012 / 1:04 pm

    Thank you!!

  2. August 2, 2012 / 1:27 pm

    Love it! Mych less "clunky" than before!

  3. August 2, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    Ohhh! I think it looks great! and the mirror is a great choice for the top!

  4. August 2, 2012 / 2:47 pm

    Looks great! What a creative way to update something you have "grown out of"… Love it and the blanket!!

  5. August 2, 2012 / 3:01 pm

    I love it! Everything looks more balanced now, as before the right side seemed a bit weighty. And, you can always change it later. Love spray paint!!

  6. P.S. I love this...
    August 2, 2012 / 11:55 am

    Looks amazing!

  7. August 2, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    Not bad. Not bad at all! Great idea, Megan.

  8. Megan
    August 2, 2012 / 12:33 pm

    I love it! It really stands out now!

  9. August 2, 2012 / 5:48 pm

    I love it! It really brightens up the space (which is perfect since it's summer). Gotta love spray paint – no risk… come fall, maybe you'll want to spray it with more autumnal colors 🙂

    xo Becky
    http://www.cuphalffull-sf.blogspot.com/

  10. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    August 2, 2012 / 2:53 pm

    Fun transformation, girl. I am all about revamping to enjoy it again. Super clever, girl.

  11. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    August 2, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    Well done!! I love making pieces I already have work. You lightened it visually by about 50 pounds! And super score finding a mirror top that fits perfectly!

  12. Carmel @ Our Fifth House
    August 2, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    I love that you added a little gold – glams it up with that mirror on top too! Such a fun project! I'd love to have something like this out on my deck. Hmmmm…….you've got my wheels turning now. 😉 PS – I have that same silver vase -it's in my bathroom!

  13. August 2, 2012 / 11:38 pm

    I love this idea! The colors, ombre effect and the mirror on top definitely add the pizzazz it was missing 🙂

  14. August 3, 2012 / 1:38 am

    I simply love it! Nice colour combination.
    Great job.

  15. August 3, 2012 / 4:53 am

    Isn't it incredible what a coat of paint or two will do for a piece? Makes you wonder what mfg. were thinking when they made it. Sure alot more personable now than that dull wood look.

  16. Allison
    August 3, 2012 / 1:22 am

    I think it looks fabulous Megan! Very clever and a nice touch of glam!

  17. August 3, 2012 / 10:36 am

    You are amazing….I love the color.

  18. Lili
    August 3, 2012 / 4:13 pm

    it looks amazing, megan!

  19. August 6, 2012 / 6:19 pm

    Hi Megan! Just catching up here! Love this idea – you are so creative!

  20. August 8, 2012 / 5:14 pm

    that looks awesome! It's amazing what the little punch of color did! And I love the mirror on top!

  21. Katie
    August 8, 2012 / 3:17 pm

    What a great furniture revamp!!!

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