Stand Aside

Stand Aside
Side tables are the perfect place for pizazz.  Just the right size to add a little jolt of color and personality in a room without being overwhelmingly all up in yo’ grill.  I’ve had stencils on the brain lately, so I’m loving this one by Kimberly, who made the stencil with her Silhouette machine.

Gloria used this table as a canvas for her funky stripe-lovin’ style, and as the perfect accent piece for her ecletic bedroom.  Check it out on her blog, A Little Paint.

I never knew this type of table was called a piecrust table, but thanks to Patty at Patty Van Dorin, now I do!  Makes sense, and also sounds a lot better than what I was formerly calling it, “scallopy-edged round table of tinniness.”



  1. October 4, 2011 / 12:48 AM

    Thanks for all the great ideas. I am really wanting to redo a side table/nightstand!

  2. October 4, 2011 / 1:22 AM

    These are all great! I agree that side tables are a great way to add color without a huge commitment.

  3. October 4, 2011 / 5:13 AM

    Whoa, fabulous!

  4. October 4, 2011 / 10:52 AM

    Does anyone have a good rule they follow for when to paint or not? It’s hard to tell from the photographs, but some of the pieces I’ve seen on this site (over time) look like they could be antiques with some value that would be greatly diminished if painted. Other pieces obviously look like they need help! What are your thoughts?

  5. October 4, 2011 / 2:08 PM


    If a piece has a maker’s mark or can be attributed to a certain designer a quick internet search will reveal any monetary value. If it’s made by a known designer (Wakefield, Eames, Stickley, etc) I wouldn’t touch it. You can also learn how really well-made furniture is constructed and be on the look-out for that when selecting pieces to leave alone vs. refinish.

    The vast majority of furniture will have no value beyond just being beautiful and functional. Might as well make them really beautiful. Personally, I think modifying a piece to fit my style increases it’s value for me. I also believe just about every piece shown on this blog, provided it was refinished and modified with care, has increased it’s value to the general public as well. These chairs, hutches, buffets, tables, lamps, etc are everywhere on craigslist, thrift stores, and garage sales. Made beautiful as they are, they rival anything in Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, and all the others.

  6. October 4, 2011 / 8:05 PM

    Well said Emily! Centsational Girl also wrote a great post on this topic too. I agree that changing a piece to fit your personal style enhances its value, you are the one living with it, after all!

  7. October 4, 2011 / 9:52 PM

    oh so beautiful! thanks for sharing and the insiration!

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