Before and After: Vintage Side Table (Real Living's Mini-Makeover)

7/20/2013 12:48:00 AM

Real Living asked me if I wanted to participate in their Mini-Makeover series for their anniversary issue, and of course I said Oh yes yes yes. I love makeovers, I do it just for fun, and now they wanted me to do it for fun and for a feature, ummm... I'm so in.

The deal was, they'll asked 7 designers/decorators, to re-do a piece of furniture or home accessory, with just the guideline of: walnut, blues, reds, yellows. Not all together of course, unless you wanted to.

What I got was this vintage side table. (sorry for the blurry photo, shot this with a phone, at night, and minimal lighting. haha)
original wood mid century side table
I fell in love with its shape- simple rounded corners, with tapered legs. So much potential. The bf and I brainstormed on what to do with it. He mentioned that it looked like a vintage suitcase and that's where the inspiration came from. Originally, we we're looking for suitcase-ish looking hardware, but we found none of those.

Instead, we found these...
beautiful brass hardware
Super nice but dirty hardware from old storage dresser. It's perfect.

Buffing goes a long way! Here's before (above) and after (below) buffing.
beautiful restored brass hardware

We don't want to make it like brand new. Just the right amount of patina and shininess. 
beautiful restored brass corner hardware

As for the piece itself, while stripping everything to raw wood, we noticed that the borders were solid narra while the inside were just ordinary plywood. Which is why we left the borders in stained wood, and painted the side and front drawer blue. Reminiscent of vintage suitcases with their contrasting trim.
blue and wood vintage mid century mcm side table with brass hardware

The hardware went into the drawer front.  (which the bf installed, thank you!) The corner piece and the statement handle really made the table. Without them, it's just too simple. What I love most about vintage furniture: shape, structure, and hardware.
blue and wood vintage mid century mcm side table with brass hardware details

Here's the table together with the pieces the other designers redid. Really cute set-up!

And here's the table in all it's professionally photographed glory!

blue and wood vintage mid century mcm side table with brass hardware

If only I could keep it! Haha... This was fun and thank you again to Real Living team for making us part of this series. Grab your copy of Real Living July issue. Full of great stuff, pinky-promise. 

blue and wood vintage mid century mcm side table with brass hardware


  1. sssoo beautiful! hahahaaaayyyy!!! i super like it... gusto ko gayahin! hihi...


  2. Awesome! You are really creative. Congrats on this! :)

  3. @Mommae Tin Thank you... Go gayahin mo! :)

    @Meikah Thanks so much :)


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