Thrifted Laminate Side Table Makeover

We all know how expensive furniture can be so when you see a good deal on a used piece of furniture that just needs a little TLC, it is hard to pass up!

This little side table was only $5. I think it is originally from Target so it is laminate, not real wood, but it is in good shape and solid. -and bonus, it has a drawer, so it came home with me.

I knew it was nothing my paint sprayer and a little imagination couldn’t take care of and was going to make painted laminate side table makeover

You can paint laminate furniture pretty easily. The key is to be careful when sanding because the actual wood part is very thin. You just want to take off the shine and rough it up enough to hold the paint. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure.
painted laminate side table makeover

Once it was sanded, I wiped it down with a damp cloth to get all of the dust off and taped off the inside drawer slides and the drawer to prep it for paint.

To get a really even coat of paint, I used my Finish Max and sprayed it with a bright white gloss paint. I went over it twice about 15 minutes apart. (By the way, this shelter from Home Right is my absolute favorite thing. It not only gives you a great spot to do your spraying, but it blocks the wind- which can be a battle when painting furniture.)
painted laminate side table makeover

Now that my side table had a new coat of bright white paint, I wanted to add some character to it. I thought about stenciling, but then I remembered that I had this super cute fabric in my stash!

I cut out 2 pieces to fit into the inlays on the sides of my side table, and one piece to fit into the bottom of the drawer.

You can use liquid laminate, mod podge, or 2 parts white school glue to 1 part water, to attach the fabric pieces to your furniture.

Take your pieces of fabric and lay them flat on a clean surface that you don’t mind getting messy. A cutting board works well for small projects like this.

Paint the back side of your fabric with the liquid laminate until the fabric is wet.
painted laminate side table makeover

Place the fabric onto your furniture and apply another coat of liquid laminate with your brush making sure to smooth out any wrinkles.

Do the same for the insides of any drawers you have.

painted laminate side table makeover

Once it is on, let it dry.

And now you have a really fun detail on your piece of furniture!

painted laminate side table makeover

When my little mister saw this he was so excited and this will make the perfect night stand for the big boy bed that we need to get asap (because he is literally outgrowing his crib.)

painted laminate side table makeover

painted laminate side table makeover

The best part is that someday he won’t want cars on his nightstand, and you can literally just peel off the fabric and have the white table back!

painted laminate side table makeover

I guess I officially need to get going on finding a big boy bed! And a clock to go on this table that will keep him in bed till the sun is up- one can dream right?

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

7 thoughts on “Thrifted Laminate Side Table Makeover

  1. Marguerite says:

    Great metamorphose! Love it….

  2. Amanda says:

    Love the new table! What a steal and love how it seems easier with the sprayer. I have been debating the sprayer and the shelter for a while but after seeing your project I think I’m gonna go for it. Thanks for putting the links to the products in the blog. Hope your little boy enjoys the awesome table and his new big boy room!

  3. Gina says:

    This is so cute! You nailed the look.

  4. Saw this on FB.. Looks awesome! Love the fabric car detail and that you can pull back later on..

    1. Thanks Marni! Hope you are doing well and heading into a fun holiday season!

  5. Hi, Corey ~ This table turned out so beautifully! I love the fabric accents in the inlays. And I have to get my hands on a paint sprayer and a shelter!

    1. Thank you Tiffany. My little man loves it and has already filled the drawer with “treasures.”

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