Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thrift Store Table Makeover

Have you noticed how much hotel furniture is showing up at thrift stores these days?  This glass table was a bit scratched up, but it was only $15 so I snapped it up and decided to give it a makeover worthy of Kelly Wearstler (my favorite interior designer).  This paint technique is a mix between Italian marbled paper and flow painting and I have a feeling the next table I attempt will be even better than this one.   In the mean time, I'm in LOVE!  Remember to scour thrift stores, recycle as much as you can and always Make Your Mark!
 Rhapsody in blue
I love the bold splashes of color with the intricate marbling around the edges 

Watch how I made it here!
Thrift store coffee table
*I used Smoke Grey, Dark Denim, Steel Blue, Seaside Blue & Grey Taupe
Plastic cups
1. - 3.  Fill each cup with paint, add 10% water and stir
*I used 5 matching colors for this project and I propped the glass table top on wood pieces so that it would be about 1 1/2" above the table
4.  Paint the edges with one of the colors
5. - 7.  Pour each color in a swirl pattern on the table working from the center outward
8.  Carefully angle the table to allow the paint to mix and blend together
9.  Drag a toothpick back and forth every 1" across the table to create a marbled paper look
10.  Paint the table base in Americana Decor Metallics in Silver and let dry
11.  Mix the Glaze Coat according to directions, pout on the table and spread with a sponge brush
12.  Use a small torch or long arm lighter to pop the bubbles, cover and let dry
Assemble and you're done!
So chic!


  1. This turned out beautifully! I have one question about the directions...you said to "cover and let dry". How did you cover it without messing up the top? I would like to try this technique, but I have a dog.

  2. Put a large box over the top of it to keep it free from dirt and dust (and bugs that tend to land on it and get stuck) I usually prop up some paint cans and then put a board over the top and then cover it with a sheet. When you cover it, you don't want to touch the resin, just make sure that dust doesn't get on it. That's all.

  3. This would work on wood, right?

  4. How does the glass top connect to the wood base? I have two glass tops that I want to make side tables but I am not sure how to connect them to the base.

    1. Hi Holly, this glass top was heavy so it rests on top of the base. That said, since it's not clear anymore you could glue it to a base with E-6000.

  5. Can I use this technique for a dining table that I use daily?

  6. Hi , does the resin drip over the sides?

    1. You can put tape on the underside of the table and peel it off when it cures OR you can scrape it off with a craft knife when it's cured. Because it's glass, the drip dots come off super easy with a sharp, sturdy craft knife.