Retro Kitchen Table: Before and After


Vancouver graphic designer, Nicole Phillips sent over this smashing "before and after" today after I spotted it on twitter.  Don't you love the scalloped edges of this 50's table? Nicole and her boyfriend, Andrew Walker have been working hard to renovate their downtown loft apartment (if you visit her blog you'll see the progress) and have also managed to find time to do a quick makeover of a retro table Andrew was given from his mom.  I asked Nicole if she would mind sharing their process with us.  Click "continue" to see.





Andrew removed the rust from the legs and coated them with a chrome spray paint. They then taped off the very cute scalloped edges and sprayed them with Krylon pistachio spray paint.


The top was coated with a white epoxy spray paint for durability. (They suggest you do any large surface like this in VERY thin coats otherwise the surface will remain slightly tacky if you don't wait long enough between coats).

Isn't the final result adorable?


Follow Nicole and Andrew with more of their apartment renovations at Nicole's blog here!

Jan Halvarson

7 comments:

Nefertiti said...

quel changement,bravo !

Bevolee said...

It looks lovely - well done in renovating it!

I love the scalloped edges.. It makes me wish I could come across gems like this...

Thanks for sharing!

~Bevolee

MuddHutt said...

What a transformation! And the Chrome spray paint for the legs is a great trick for getting metalwork to look all brand new!

Angela said...

Fantastico!

Karen Counts said...

Nice job. The color is really good. I've used the chrome spray paint before. The results were so-so. Not nearly as pretty as shiny, shiny chrome. I have a kitchen table of more or less the same era. It has extensions that slide in under the table and pull out and pop up for more space. The hardware on it is grim and I wonder if anyone knows where I could find replacement hardware.

Anonymous said...

I've renovated a lot of furniture and always find mid century the hardest to get right. Not a fan of "faux chrome" and chrome spray paint. The very essence of chrome disappears. I would actually opt for painting the rusted chrome a mid century glossy enamel color vs the chrome spray and make it playful.ng Also, these types of tables in good shape still are fairly common so for less than $50 why not get the real thing is one thing to consider before investing in all the painting and dismantling and toxic breathing spray paint.

Jennifer@DreamingofJune said...

Cute! I like the sprayed chrome, but I might have painted the scalloped edge aqua or turquoise!

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