Midcentury Table Makeover with Polka Dots


A midcentury table makeover with a surprise touch of whimsey inside.  girlinthegarage.net

Did that title make you nervous?

I’m not an in-your-face kind of girl; I’m pretty low-key.  I like unique and whimsical projects, but usually if they’re done in a subtle way.  Confused now?  😉  You can skip ahead and scroll down for more pics if you want, but promise to come back up and read the rest of the post okay?

A couple months ago I scored this awesome midcentury piece.  It’s actually a record cabinet, but these days I think most people would use it for storing books or magazines rather than records.

A midcentury table makeover with a surprise touch of whimsey inside.  girlinthegarage.net

See what I mean?  Pretty cool.

A midcentury table makeover with a surprise touch of whimsey inside.  girlinthegarage.net

I totally loved the shape and style of this piece but I envisioned it to be brighter and more fun.

I painted it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White (which took several coats to cover this dark piece – I should’ve used some shellac primer first) and for the subtle, whimsical part I added polka dots to the inside.  I used Modern Masters Olympic Gold metallic paint and a sponge pouncer from Martha Stewart. (I have this exact pouncer set
from Amazon – affiliate link.)

A midcentury table makeover with a surprise touch of whimsey inside.  girlinthegarage.net

Lastly I protected it all with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

A midcentury table makeover with a surprise touch of whimsey inside.  girlinthegarage.net

Surprise!  So fun, right?

A midcentury table makeover with a surprise touch of whimsey inside.  girlinthegarage.net

A midcentury table makeover with a surprise touch of whimsey inside.  girlinthegarage.net A midcentury table makeover with a surprise touch of whimsey inside.  girlinthegarage.net

Below is one of the original prints I bought from an artist in Montmartre, Paris.  It normally hangs on my bedroom wall.

Original Paris art print and vintage Avon owl.  girlinthegarage.net

And here’s a handy before/after collage:
A midcentury table makeover with a surprise touch of whimsey inside.  girlinthegarage.net

I hope you like my midcentury table makeover – if so, please share it with your friends.  🙂

The boys are on spring break so I may not be blogging too much this week – but next week is a boy-themed celebration with some of my blogger friends, including a giveaway!

Jen

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  1. Jolinda lampo
    March 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm (4 years ago)

    My sister and I had this same record storage cabinet back in the day. We painted ours pink to go with our orange and pink room and shag carpet. That was quite a few years ago.
    I love yours withe the polka dots.

    Reply
    • Jen
      March 31, 2015 at 11:22 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Jolinda 🙂 Pink and orange would be a fun color combo!

      Reply
  2. charlene hansen
    March 28, 2015 at 10:05 am (4 years ago)

    I think I had the same record cabinet, too! Wish I still had it because I love your project. The gold polka dots mimic the gold “openers” on the doors. So very cute!
    I have a question about the metallic paint: I’m looking for a silver or pewter metallic paint (for picture frames) and can’t find anything I like – it’s all too “flat” and I’m looking for a bit more shiny. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks! I enjoy your projects!

    Reply
    • Jen
      March 31, 2015 at 11:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Charlene! Have you visited the Modern Masters website? They have metallic paints in almost every color imaginable. I used their Silver in this post: https://girlinthegarage.net/2014/09/faux-fab-metallic-furniture-makeover-modern-masters It also makes a big difference whether you use their MasterClear Topcoat – it’s formulated to keep the special metallic shine looking great. I hope that helps – good luck! Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

      Reply

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