Antique Telephone Table Makeover…easy as 1,2,3!

Hello All!

Are you ready for a big dose of Awesomeness from the #CreativeBuzz Team?  Because that’s what you are about to get!  This month, we were all challenged to complete a project with the theme Numbers…Perfect for this time of year with everyone thinking about (or trying not to think about) heading back to school.

 Do you have pieces of furniture that are in desparate need of a makeover?  Well, me too.  Some pieces I just cannot seem to part with because they evoke too many memories.   Antique Telephone Table Makeover using chalk paint...easy as 1,2,3! Take this sweet little telephone table.  Once upon a time, this was the actual table my grandparents had sitting under their telephone (which hung on the wall with a cord) chock full of phone and address books and little notes my grandma would make while sitting there on the phone.  I remember spending hours sitting there drawing and writing notes and talking on the phone…because back then you had to stay in one place or go just as far as the curly cord would stretch.

So when my sister no longer wanted this piece, I inherited it.  Now, my boys love it just as much as I did as a child…

Telephone Table Before makeover And here’s how I transformed it…I let my six-year old have the paintbrush…

Helping paint his Homework Desk He loved this for a bit, then gave the paintbrush back to me.

First furniture makeover in progress I started by giving it a good cleaning and sanding any rough spots.  

Then, I painted it with 2-3 coats of DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Lace.  I say 2-3 coats because I applied 2 coats in some areas and 3 coats in others.  The spots I knew I wouldn’t be sanding much I painted 3 coats.  The areas I knew I would be sanding only received 2 coats because I didn’t want it ti be a challenge to sand through so many coats of paint. Telephone Table makeover-OneKriegerChick My oldest, August, uses this desk everyday after school and pretty much claims it as his own.  He wanted me to paint it red since that is his favorite color.  We compromised and I painted the inside with DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Rouge.  It took two coats to get the look I wanted.

Telephone table makeover-ready for red

Love the red inside this old table from Now…for the Numbers part of the project.  Using the Americana Decor Olde World Numbers Stencil and Chalky Finish Paint in Primitive, I randomly stenciled numbers all over the tabletop. Telephone Table Makeover-Ready to stencil!

Stenciling with #decoart chalky finish paint and stencils

Stencil in progress- I get lots of looks…Someone’s always wondering what I’m working on…

No project is complete without a helper! After it had all dried, I applied two coats of Americana Decor Creme Wax with a soft cloth.  And…it’s finished!

Antique Telephone Table with Numbers stenciled top- With the desk looking so cute, I couldn’t leave the seat in the condition it was in.  So I gave it a simple makeover by covering it with a grey and cream stripe fabric.

I am so thrilled with how it turned out and even more excited when I saw my boys reaction to their new desk.  Now, we have to take turns using it…Who knew it would be such a big hit!

(Disclaimer:  I am a member of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program.  I received compensation and/or products for this post.  However, all opinions and ideas for these products are my own.} 

If you liked my project, you are sure to love all of the other Awesome projects from the #Creative Buzz Team!
9 Creative Number Themed Crafts #CreativeBuzz
1. Telephone Table Makeover by One Krieger Chick

2. Month by Month Picture Ombre Frame by Color Me Meg

3. Giant Flashcards Playroom Decor by Crafts by Courtney

4. Neon Number Tees by Sugar Bee Crafts

5. Soft Baby Blocks by seven thirty three

6. Number Wreath by Just Us Four

7. DIY Growth Chart by A Glimpse Inside

8. Back to School Countdown Printable by All Things with Purpose

9. #2 Pencil Treats by Made to be a Momma


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    This seriously is such a great project!! I can’t even believe the transformation you did with it. Your son it going to love sitting there doing his school work. I think it’s super cute that he wanted to help give it a makeover, I think he lasted as long as my son would have.

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