Two-Toned Retro Side Table

It seemed like every Saturday during the Summer when we were out-n-about, we stopped at garage sales.  As a family, we can never resist a bargain – especially when a makeover is in store.  During one of our many morning “pit stops”, I scored this retro style table that has two table levels and a drawer in between.  The legs are very slender (#1 characteristic of retro-style furniture) and it reminded me of furniture from the 50’s.   My decor has quite eclectic and I thought it would be the perfect addition for the living room.

I always think it’s fun when you get to transform a piece of furniture that one person sees as trash and you can make it into treasure!  Similarly to the nursery horse lamp that I recently made over, I saw something in this piece that I knew could be a gem.  And alittle paint would do the trick!!

It took a while to determine the colors to use and the look I wanted to achieve, but after some thought, I decided to create a two-toned table.  I was actually wearing these shoes at the time, and they provided the inspiration.

I know kind of funny that shoes inspired me, but what can ya say…inspiration is all around!

I started out by sanding the side table with my new orbital sander, which I love.  No more hand sanding – YES!

Using a true chocolate brown for the main paint color and an off-white color as the secondary tone around the edges, this retro-style side table would come together in no time!

After the brown was complete, I…

…started on the sides (while indoors on a rainy day).

Then I went back outdoors to finish it up.

By this time, I was having a few bumps in the road.  I wasn’t crazy with how the top was coming out.  I had used a foam brush and the result was quite streaky.  Then out of nowhere, Mr. UPS stopped by with a magical package and inside were some amazing new paintbrushes from my good ole’ friends at Purdy.  They were so gracious to send me a pack of brushes and they arrived at the most perfect time.  And even though I didn’t start the project with them, they certainly came in handy to finish it.  These brushes are REALLY different than an ordinary, cheap economic brush!  When you use a good quality brush, there is no need to buy new ones each time you work on a project.

Purdy brushes are like no other and receive a seal of approval on each and every one of their brushes that are sent to out to stores and in hands of consumers nationwide.

After another (and final) coat of the chocolate brown on the top surface and legs, I moved onto the off-white on the drawer.  These brushes definitely made this project MUCH easier!

I always like to add a “punch” to my pieces, so for this retro-style side table an orange handle was a must!  Using one of my favorite new spray paint colors, Valspar Satin La Fonda Copper, I changed this old brass handle into a dynamic eye-popping accent.

With a finishing coat of polyurethane, I was done with this retro-style side table and now it sits proudly next to the sofa in the living room.

I then, of course, added the necessory accessories to make this side table aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Are you a fan of retro-style furniture? Let’s tour some other interiors with this similar look~

Characteristics of retro-style furniture are clean lines, minimal embellishments, symmetry, bright colors, and usability.  During the 1950s and 60s when retro-style furniture was at it’s popular peak, minimalistic and functional furniture in vibrant hues of pink, turquoise, tangerine, and yellow were choose colors and a common aesthetic seen in many American households.

Pulled together by Design Sponge, this living room concept showcases traditional elements of the retro style with it’s minimal sofa and shelving unit, along with interesting and intriguing retro accessories.

This eclectic interior combines the elements of retro with other styles throughout the 20th century.  It’s a bright space filled with light and the main focal point is the retro symmetrical sidebar.

I have a little treat for you tomorrow, so make sure to stop on back!  So tell me, do you favor this style?

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  1. says

    Very cute, Jenna. I love old retro pieces. Our kitchen table and chairs are an old teak set from back in the day, lol. I like mixing up styles. All the same can be a bit boring. But, that’s just my take.

    ~ Catie

  2. says

    i love the retro style, esp mixed in with other styles so that each one adds a little “pop”.

    your table is lovely…especially with the tweak of orange!!