Simple DIY side table makeover – add a pop of color!

Simple DIY side table makeover with Mod Podge - add a pop of color!I had a bookshelf that my mom gave me when I was young – it was in my room for years and years. Over time it got more and more disgusting because I kept putting coats of paint over it . . . and not painting it very well. And I never sanded off any coats of paint, so when it would chip, you’d see as many colors as a Jawbreaker. My point? Man Podger David has done such a fantastic job of this table, and I wish I had seent his tutorial 25 years ago when I was redoing my furniture. If you are wondering how to do this simple DIY side table makeover, keep reading. I love the pop of color that David added. So fun!
OK, here is how my mind works. I contemplate projects for days (years sometimes) then I execute them.

Then I think of how to do it better.

That was totally the case with this little, deco end table I’ve had sitting around for a while.

Deco Side Table Sanded and ready for Paint

I’d been debating what to do with it and then I finally decided that a simple, classic white makeover would be cool. I challenged myself to make it over in less than an hour and I succeeded.

Deco End Table by Cheltenham Road

But when it was all done and photographed it seemed like it lacked something. I thought maybe a pop of color would set it apart.

A while ago I’d come across a bunch of ornate, mini picture frames in the Michaels dollar bin (they still have them – I checked!). At the time I wasn’t sure what to do with them I just thought they were cool but now I thought I had an idea. And I thought I could do it quickly!

Supplies for End Table Makeover

I took the frame, some green spray paint, a leftover bit of scrap paper and a glass knob and got to work (for the whole project I also used Matte Mod Podge, Hard Coat Mod Podge, and E-6000 glue).

I gave the frame a quick coat of spray paint and set it aside to dry.

I flipped the scrap paper over and traced the outline of the frame opening (I cut it out just a bit larger so I would have some wiggle room).

Trace the frame openingI centered the paper over the hole for the knob and traced its outline onto the drawer front (so I could be sure to get it in the right spot when I attached it).

Trace cut out for placementI attached the paper to the drawer using regular matte Mod Podge smoothing out any wrinkles or air bubbles with my fingers and set it aside to dry.

After about 20 minutes I sealed the paper with a couple of coats of Hard Coat Mod Podge as I wanted it to be super durable.

Seal with Hard Coat Mod PodgeAfter the sealing coat had dried I used E-600 glue to attach the frame to the drawer front and then added the glass knob.

Mod Podge End Table KnobAll in all the project took about an hour (mostly drying time) and I think it adds a nice pop of color and the idea could be used to bling out any piece of furniture in need of a little pizazz.

Simple DIY side table makeover with Mod Podge - add a pop of color!Bright green and wonderful, don’t you think? Don’t forget to visit David at his blogEtsy, or on Facebook.


  1. TOni says

    I love your idea of using the frame around the knob, it adds just the right touch ( and splash of color). I’m loving green right now!!!