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. 

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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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. 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!!

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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