Feeling Shady

Feeling Shady

Want to take your makeovers a step beyond plain old paint? Might I suggest using … paint?  Wait, wait, hear me out. I’m for serious.

Take these little nesting tables. Jenny at Ava Blake Creations painted them black.  And then she painted them black again!  She just used a slightly different shadesof black to stencil the top, and the result is the subtle but striking effect you see below. You could also do this using flat and gloss paint of the same shade. Neat, yeah?

Not your average nesting table makeover at betterafter.net


Not your average nesting table makeover at betterafter.net



  1. Bee
    May 7, 2014 / 7:31 AM

    I like this subtle technique and would try it sometime. I did something similar. I had one of those typical oak tables from the 90s with a very bad rough finish on top. I painted the whole table flat black and then crackle finished the top surface with a shade of charcoal gray just slightly lighter. I liked it–it covered up the uneven finish with a subtle texture and looked intentionally shabby chic, but didn’t distract from table runners, place-mats, or any other dining table decoration. My daughter is still using that table, but I moved on… (BTW: I tried to post a comment on your last blog but it was taking a long time. I am glad you posted your inspiration blogs so I can waste (oh sorry, spend) more time looking at design blogs. LOL. This time I’ll wait until the comment is posted.)

  2. cryth
    May 7, 2014 / 7:44 AM

    Looks like that couch got a bit of paint too. I have a similar gold couch but in velveteen, seems black is a nice color for the wood next to the gold.

  3. May 7, 2014 / 9:09 AM

    Oh wow, I’ve been wanting some tables like that! I saw some on Pinterest that were decoupaged with floral paper. These are lovely!

  4. May 7, 2014 / 9:43 AM

    What an interesting way to breathe life into old furniture.

  5. Amanda
    May 7, 2014 / 2:05 PM

    These tables are awesome! I used to think nesting tables were stupid, I didn’t really get the point. Now that I like them I can’t find them anywhere. I’m not willing to buy new, I’m too cheap, and they NEVER have them at Goodwill. I think I need to find a new thrift store to shop. 😛

  6. LeeAnn
    May 7, 2014 / 3:39 PM

    That’s really a pretty way to fix up old tables. I love the stencils.

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