How to make end tables match using paint | July DIY Challenge

Hi All!

It’s July DIY Challenge time! That’s when we and a whole bunch of our bloggy friends get together on the same day and do projects using the same product or theme. Other challenges have involved Scrap Wood, Dollar Store purchases, Storage Items, and Trash to Treasure.

In this case, July’s theme was Paint! Right up our alley!

If you know us, you know that we aren’t big on the ‘matchy matchy’ furniture. It’s probably safe to say that we’ll never walk into a store and buy an entire matching bedroom set. For whatever reason, those just don’t seem to work in real life – don’t you agree?

Today, we’ll show you how to make two end tables match using paint!Matching Coral End Tables from Curtsied Finds

We had two of these junk tables. Both were side of the road curbside finds from years ago that have seen their fair share of ‘makeovers’. The neat thing is they are both exactly 24″ high – so with a lick of paint, we could easily ‘marry’ them into a matching set!

Painted Side Tables Before 1

Painted Side Tables Before 2

The colour we settled on was Fresh Berries by PARA Paint*. What a vibrant colour!

First things first, we taped off the tables and went to town with Fresh Berries. And for the table with the drawers, we used some high-grade 1/4″ plywood cut to size to make a new shelf.

How to Paint End Tables 1

How to Paint End Tables 2

We stopped short of painting both of them entirely with the bright coral red and instead used the colour to allow the features of each table to stand out. The contrasting colour we chose was Light’N’Luscious, also by PARA Paints. The subtle hint of blue really makes the orangey-coral colour pop! The final step was to add new hardware to the two drawers. We used octagonal pulls we got at the Habitat ReStore for 50 cents each 🙂 How to Paint an End Table 4

So the tables definitely do not match – but by using paint, we have created a lovely pair of workable end tables.

Let’s compare, shall we?

Painted Side Tables Before 2

How to Paint an End Table 5


Painted Side Tables Before 1

How to Paint an End Table 6

Oh ya. Notice that lamp? That was another ‘paint’ project. And in fact, another trash to treasure! Check out this post to find out how that makeover went down!

Meantime, these tables can be used next to the couch in the living room, in the sunroom if we crave a switch up or even in our (terribly neglected) guest bedroom. How to Paint End Tables 4

The key to using paint to merge to very different pieces is to use it sparingly. Just highlight the parts of the pieces that make it particularly unique and then fill in the rest with styling and decor. How to Paint End Tables 7

See? Side of the road finds meant to be together like peas and carrots.

Peas. And. Carrots.

Now, don’t forget it’s a #DIYChallenge! That means there are ALL these other paint projects to check out! Amazing!! Share the love and have a fabulous day.


*We are members of the 2015 PARA Paint Blog Crew! That means they let us fill our boots with Fresh Berries and all their other wonderful paint hues and products so that we can show you how awesome they are! Having said that – it doesn’t change or impact our opinion of the colours or products themselves.

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18 thoughts on “How to make end tables match using paint | July DIY Challenge

    1. Thanks Wendi! You should have heard me holler ‘Ohhhh yeah!’ when I realized these two tables were the same height… haha I’m such a furniture nerd 🙂

  1. Oh I LOVE them! They really do pair so well together with the coordinating paint. What pretty poppy pieces! Also, your styling is spot-on. Love it!

    1. Thanks Holly 🙂 It’s hilarious because I really don’t like peas and carrots together… hahaha But the line from Forrest Gump just seemed to fit in this case. 🙂

  2. Gorgeous makeover, guys!! Love the color you chose! What a great find!! Hope summer is going amazing!

  3. I absolutely love this! Not a fan of matching furniture sets either, but I do love a coherent look and I am so impressed with how these turned out. I love how you did the legs in one colour and the trays in another – I think it works to coordinate them even better. Gorgeous photo styling too.
    Thanks so much for joining the Living with Style Linky Party – I hope you will come and join us again this week – we’re live now!

    1. Awww…Thank you so much! Your party is on the list now – so we’ll definitely hang out there again 🙂 – Erin

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