The Perfect Shade of Gray: an End Table Makeover

It is with great pleasure that I'm announcing the newest arrival to my home. I bought this mid-century modern (MCM) end table early in the summer and can finally share its revamped beauty. I moved right after I bought it, so its makeover was delayed. It's one of my favorite thrift store scores to date.

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The table was painted with a delicate neutral I've found is the perfect shade of gray--Sterling by Behr Premium Plus Ultra. It's dark enough to stand out as gray, yet light enough that it doesn't feel overwhelming or gloomy. This gray just has an ethereal, airy quality to it. Read along to learn more about my makeover, including how I revamped its doors.

This table is a very solid and sturdy piece, which is one of things I love about using vintage furniture. Things just aren’t made like they once were. The table is also pretty deep, so it’s great for storage.

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I also love the bowtie handles, which inspired the design on the IKEA Rast dressers I previously painted. To freshen up the handles, I cleaned them with an SOS pad. Good as new. However, the hinges were another story. I scrubbed those bad boys just to find they were gold underneath. So they met up with some Rustoleum Titanium Silver spray paint. Much better.

To change up the insets in the doors, I used patterned sheet metal. I chose the union jack pattern because (1) it was cheaper and (2) I preferred the finish of this silver compared to the others. Its geometric pattern complements the mid-century aesthetic of the table and  also the touches of Moroccan decor I’m still using in my living room.

 mid-century modern vintage MCM side end table light gray silver latex paint bowtie handles union jack sheet metal foor inset makeover neutral color scheme decor furniture The Decor Guru

To prepare the sheet metal insets, I measured and cut a paper version, tracing this with a marker onto the back of the sheet metal. I then cut the metal with a pair of Stanley All-Purpose Snips. Hot glue was used to attach the panels to the doors.

While I’m overjoyed to be done, I’m already pondering what my next fix project will be. I think I may be addicted to painting furniture. Or thrift store shopping. Or MCM pieces. Or a little bit of all three.

mid-century modern vintage MCM side end table light gray silver latex paint bowtie handles union jack sheet metal makeover neutral color scheme decor furniture The Decor Guru

Do you enjoy gray? Have you decorated with it—furniture, fabrics, paint, etc.? Share your perfect shade of gray!

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24 Comments on The Perfect Shade of Gray: an End Table Makeover

  1. Diana Rambles // 08/26/2013 at 5:52 PM // Reply

    I love the metal sheet you used!

  2. Absolutely beautiful!!!

  3. What a great piece! I love that colour, love the insert, and I love how it coordinates so nicely in your space!

  4. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life // 08/27/2013 at 8:06 AM // Reply

    Great color and super makeover. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. It’s just lovely now!

  6. I love the pattern sheet metal idea! This looks great! Come link up with us tomorrow at Craft Frenzy Friday at!!

  7. Average But Inspired // 08/29/2013 at 8:12 AM // Reply

    This looks awesome! I love the metal sheet insert. Great job!

  8. Crystelle Boutique // 08/29/2013 at 11:47 AM // Reply

    So awesome! That sheet metal is perfect… Great work, girl!!

    hugs x Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  9. I would NEVER think to use sheet metal. I would probably take one look at that and think “yeah I could paint it, but I don’t love the doors… next”. You have opened my eyes!! I bet on my next thrift store adventure I’ll see things in a different light. Thank you!

  10. Glad I could provide some inspiration! I discovered the sheet metal one day at Home Depot while I was just browsing the aisles. The patterns had me at hello. Thanks for commenting!

  11. Hi Angela. This is really gorgeous. What a great makeover. Thank you so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursday. I’m featuring this at tomorrow’s party.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  12. Love the color. Can you provide more information about refinishing?

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