Queen Anne Painted End Tables with Lined Drawers
These painted end tables come with a slight dilemma, thankfully it’s not a major one. For starters, they are boring! That’s the easy fix, but they also have felt lined drawers. The liner was put in and then the drawer built around it, so it can’t necessarily be easily removed. Time to get creative. Here are the tables in their original boring condition.
The Before – Unfinished Vintage End Tables
These Queen Anne style end tables had been sitting in my inventory for a while waiting for a makeover, but no one had any interest in them. Insert sad face here. Possibly the ugly vintage hardware, or the orange glow of the wood turned people off. I can only hope that
my makeover will change your view of them. Layla seemed to love the tables when we brought them back to my shop. My little ham.
This project actually sparks a few ‘firsts’ for me. For one thing, I haven’t done a ‘non-custom’ makeover in months, making this the first project of the year that will be listed for sale. Secondly, I chose a neutral off-white painted finish, and I almost never choose white. But I was inspired by a friend’s white tables, so I’m going with it. Third, I am using a different paint brand than I normally use. Dixie Belle Paint Company was kind enough to send me a few colors to try, so considering they are also non-toxic, VOC free and made in the USA, I simply had to try. Lastly, I’m trying a new method to line the drawers that I haven’t done before.
Lining Drawers with Wallpaper (prep the drawer)
Let me start by saying that this is not the first time I’ve used wallpaper for decoupage, but it is the first time I’ve used a poster board to create a removable drawer liner. The insides of the drawers are lined with brown felt, as I mentioned. The felt also does not easily peel out and I hesitate to slice it with the exacto knife. Granted, once vacuumed the felt liner isn’t in horrible shape and could probably be left alone. But why leave it when we can make it unique?
The first step was to measure the inside of the drawer to know exactly what size I need to cut the poster board to make sure it fits nice and snug.
Next, I made sure to tape off the felt and protect the bottom of the drawer.
The sides of the drawers were painted in muscadine wine by Dixie Belle, and sealed with the satin clear sealer. As much as I wanted to try Plum Crazy, it didn’t match with the liner pattern that I chose for the drawer bottom. This wallpaper is amazing, and I’ve been patiently waiting for the right project to come along to use it.
Lining the Drawer with Removable Liner
Now that I have my drawers prepped and measured and my print chosen its time to create the removable liner. I had some white posterboard in my shop that I use to reflect light while taking photos and staging. I used the poster board and cut two pieces to size, using an Exacto knife, T-square and cutting mat.
Next, I applied mod podge to the poster board. Don’t use a nice paint brush for this part.
Then place the board down on the wallpaper. I used random items in my shop, like paint containers and bricks to weigh down the boards until the glue dried. Once it was dry I flipped the boards over and folded the wallpaper around the sides, and glued it down on the back to make the edges covered as well. Easy peasy. The finished boards can easily be placed into the drawer bottoms right on top of the existing liner.
Changing Old Hardware
As much as I often prefer to keep the original vintage hardware when possible, there is always an exception. These are the exception. I once heard someone refer to the old pulls as batman pulls, which I think is hysterical because it’s true. I decided to replace those original pulls with these pretty new hardware pulls. The new pulls actually seem to change the entire appearance of the painted end tables. Aren’t these just the prettiest?
These pulls are so much more feminine than the old batman pulls. If I knew how to insert a laughing emoji smiley face I would put one here.
The Paint – Painting Queen Anne End Tables
I chose to keep the outside of the tables neutral with drop cloth by Dixie Belle. After two coats of paint, the tables were distressed and sealed with their clear satin sealer. Goodbye orange wood, hello pretty!
The Result – Painted End Tables with Lined Drawers
A few new ‘first’s’ under my belt, and a pair of tables ready to be listed. What do you think about removable drawer liners? These are available for purchase, if you think they would work in your home you can find them here: Painted Pieces for Sale.
If you like these distressed white painted tables then make sure to check out Vintage Chic End Tables.
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