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Go Bold with Orange Painted Tables

Go Bold with Orange Painted Furniture *Redesigned Coffee & End Tables*

These vintage coffee and end tables were originally made by Mersman and are from the 1970s. The end tables each feature a dovetail drawer, while the coffee table merely has a faux drawer. The hardware on the trio were not at all original to the pieces but were thrown on at some point before they came to me, and they weren’t even the correct size. mersman, vintage mersman furniture, coffee tables, end tables, vintage furniture, orange painted furniture

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The Before – Unfinished Vintage Mersman Furniture

These three tables sat in my unfinished inventory for at least a year, ignored and avoided. No one had any interest in them. I suppose they were waiting for me because they are a perfect fit for our living room makeover project. mersman-3, vintage tables, MCM tables, wood furniture, staten island, new york

The first thing to do was remove that inappropriate hardware before thoroughly prepping the set. This is my full process for How to Prep Painted FurnitureI was able to find amazing hardware on Knobs.Co. They truly carry a unique and diverse array of hardware. These ornate Cartier pulls are going to look amazing! cartier-pulls, unique hardare, ornate hardware, knobs dot co, cartier, tiffany

Adding Stain to Vintage Veneer Tables

While prepping the tables I realized how pretty the wood on the table tops are, and it took every ounce of me to not attack them with the electric sander. The tables were all solid wood, except the table tops which were merely a wood veneer and sanding them so aggressively could’ve damaged them. No worries!lightly-sanded-tops, veneer tables, mersman, vintage furniture, new york, nj, staten island

They were simply sanded by hand with paper sandpaper and cleaned to prep them for stain. I then darkened them up with Teak protective wood stain by Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint, which has to be my favorite stain to work with.  Didn’t those table tops darken up beautifully?stain-on-veneer, teak wood stain, pure home paint, kristi kuehl, non toxic paint, stain on veneer

Because the veneer is so super smooth I wanted to make sure that my teak protective wood stain went on evenly and smooth as well. So, as an extra precaution, I went over the stain with a white Taklon brush leaving the top smooth as a baby’s bottom. white-taklon-brush, smooth paint brush, soft bristles, painted furniture, orange painted furniture, just the woods

Plugging Holes on Faux Drawer

Remember I mentioned that the coffee table had a fake drawer? Well, I see no reason to keep a fake drawer, so I decided to plug up those holes with our Magic Mud. magic-mud, wood filler, pure home paint, kristi kuehl, made in usaOnce the Magic mud was dry I was able to sand the filled holes smooth just like with any other wood filler product but with no stinky odor. wood-filled, magic mod, texture, wood filler, painted furniture, vintage furniture

The Paint – Bold Orange Painted Furniture

Believe it or not my hubby requested that these tables be painted orange for our living room! Who is this man and what has he done with my husband? The trio was painted in bold Monarch orange by Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint followed by ebony protective glaze.

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The Result – Bold Orange Painted Tables

Who knew ornage would be the perfect choice for these once avoided tables?

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Gorgeous hardware from The Knobs Company! You can find these beauties HERE.

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Care to See the Other Projects of the Room Makeover?

Like I mentioned these tables were part of our entire living room makeover. To see more projects related to this living room makeover, check out these other posts:


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