Table Transformation from shabby to shabby chic with fun

I have a set of 3 wood tables that I decided needed a change..  they have been in the garage for some time now, and I decided I wanted to bring them in the house.  However, they needed a little update in my opinion.

Here is the before look..

I wasn't sure if I wanted to stain them darker or paint them, but ultimately I decided I would
just redo one to see if I liked it.. and if not, I would only have to start over on one of them.. :0)
So I started by removing the glass top insert of a smaller side table, sanded it well, and painted it white.

When it was finished and dry, I placed it in the house so I could decide if I liked it. 
(do you ever do that?) :0)

After a day with the bright white, I decided it wasn't for me.. so I took it back outside.. got my sander out and distressed it.   

Much Better.

So then went ahead and I redid the other 2 tables.. the other side table, and coffee table.

However, I wasn't done there.. I decided to change the coffee table up.. I have been wanting to create a checkerboard table for a long time, and have been searching for a cute table for that project, but this was perfect for it!

So instead of the glass center insert, we were at Home Depot and found a piece of 3/16" thick hard wood sheeting that would fit inside perfectly to replace the glass and brought it home and cut it down to fit.

I painted our new insert a shade of gray.. let that dry, then using my painters tape I taped off my 'checkerboard'.

Then I painted the center a lovely orange shade.

After that had dried I worked with painters tape, and black paint.. working my way across the orange painted square to create my checkerboard.  Which seemed like hours and hours, I am sure there is an easier way to make a checkerboard.. such as a stencil, ha... but I guess I chose the hard way on this project. :0)

After it was close to being dry, I removed the tape.  Then I let it sit to dry completely.
I placed it in the table to see how it looked, but I decided it needed a little something else.. so I took it outside and distressed it by hand with some sandpaper.   Then gave it a coat of poly to seal and protect it.


 I am very pleased with how it turned out..  I placed a decorative glass bowl on one side with chess and checkers pieces in it and I love how it looks..

 I also intend on painting the back of our wood insert with something else on it, so we can change it up whenever we want.. I haven't decided what just yet.
Maybe Tic-Tac-Toe, or maybe a fun design.   I am even considering making more inserts with
other decorative designs to switch it up from time to time.. we will see. :0)

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  1. Oh my word, how fun is this. You are so clever and the checkers board is amazing. Great idea. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    1. Thank you Marty, and a big Thank you for hosting a great link party!


  2. I was waiting for the transformation and you didn't disappoint! I absolutely love the shabby paint job you gave them, but the game table idea was fabulous! It turned out great! I would definitely be painting the other side and making more...:) It is really nice looking too....adds interest to the room I'm sure! Great job...:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

    1. Thank you Vicky,
      I really like how they turned out too.. I had been looking for a table to makeover into a checkerboard for a while and just wasn't finding the right one.. and this ended up working out perfectly!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. How great! Love the transformation, clever and fun. Thanks for sharing on our Brag About It party today. Great to meet you. Come back every Tuesday and also this Thursday for a big big party we are co-host of. Thanks again! Sharon and Denise @BeBetsy

    1. Thanks for stopping by and hosting a great link party!


  4. I love this! What a fun way to update your coffee table and get some family time too!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  5. Love the distressed technique! Thanks for linking up at the Pinterest Power Party!!


  6. What a fun idea to make a checkerboard! Love that. Thanks so much for sharing on Project Inspire{d} Pinning!


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