Transformation Tuesday ~ Vintage Step-Up Table Make-Over



Hey guys!  In today’s episode of Transformation Tuesday I updated an ugly and outdated set of vintage step-up tables and gave them a fresh, beachy feel.  I used products from Farmhouse Paints again.  I just can’t tell you how much I LOVE this stuff & you can read more about my product reviewHERE.


  • Zinsser Primer
  • Farmhouse Paint in White Ash
  • Farmhouse Paint in French Blue
  • Farmhouse Metalize
  • Farmhouse Silver Metallique Shimmer
  • Farmhouse Shimmer Brush
  • Polyacrylic
  • Sandpaper 80 grit and 200 grit
  • Tack Cloth
  • Paintbrushes and supplies


Did I mention that these tables were laminate??  YUCK!  So, here is how I paint laminate to hold up.

I start out with a good sanding using an 80 grit sandpaper.  I want to make sure that the smooth surface has something for the primer to stick to.  I wipe down the entire piece with a tack cloth.  I feel it works better than just a wet rag.  It gets the sawdust out of all the nooks and crannies.

I painted on the primer. Then went to town with the blue and white paints.  I wanted to highlight some of the features of the tables to make them pop rather than blending in.


To add the shimmer:  After the paint was dry, I gave the tables a light sanding with a 200 grit sandpaper – leaving a nice smooth finish.  I then painted the metalize on the side rims of the tops of the tables.  I let it sit until it was tacky.  I cut the shimmer into strips and applied it using the shimmer brush to make sure it adhered nice and smooth.  I let it sit for another 10-15 minutes while I worked on other areas of both of the tables.  I pulled the shimmer pieces off.  I wanted more of a peek-a-boo affect rather than solid shimmer.  So I quickly put more metalize on and smaller pieces of the shimmer.  Again, pulling it off after waiting about 15 minutes.  By doing this, it randomly lifted some off the first layer of shimmer off and allowed some of the white paint and some of the original laminate peek through.  SWOON!  What a neat product!


Then I sealed them with two coats of polyacrylic.  Why?  It doesn’t yellow like polyurethane does.


Here is where I digress ~ again ~ my family is OBSESSED with playing the slug bug game while we drive!  We bought this cute little car at an antique shop a few years ago for $2.50.  The front trunk and the doors actually open and it is made of metal.  Can you believe it was that cheap?  Anyways, we obviously love it & I thought it would be fun to stage the tables with it. SLUG BUG BLACK!!!  Vintage gives us 2 points!!




Now a few more pictures of the tables completed…


I would love to hear what you think of them!!

Thanks so much for reading my little blog.  Please feel free to comment.  Also, remember that sharing is caring and is always appreciated!

Until next time my friends,



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