West Elm Inspired Side Table

I like to look at the West Elm website and catalogs and drool over the nice tables and accessories.  I like pretty things but don't think I should pay a fortune for them.  I do have things from West Elm but they were on sale and I never pay full price.

You may remember this red side table from the living room.


I've always like the shape of it but the love affair I had with it was fading.  I was falling out of love with the red.  While browsing the West Elm catalog, I came across these nesting tables.  It was very similar in shape and size to my red side table.  I knew with a little paint, I could come close to the West Elm version.


I started by unscrewing the wood top from the metal frame.  I gave the frame a few coats of black spray paint to cover up the red.

Now it was time to move on to the top.  I decided I didn't want an all white top.  In the West Elm table, the table looks streaked.  To create the look of texture, I decided to go with white washing.

To white wash, mix equal parts of a water and white paint.  I used a rag to apply thin coats of my paint mixture.  After each coat was dry, I applied another until I got the coverage I wanted.

And the result!


I made sure to go with the grain of the wood in the table top.  Some of the original darkness still shows through.


I like the finished product.  The table doesn't scream at you like the red did.  It's much more subtle.

My version versus the West Elm version.

Not bad right?  I little paint can go a long way.

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  1. Great job on the table. I love what paint can do.

  2. I love the new look of this table - it's a total transformation!

  3. I really loved this makeover. What a change.

  4. so easy and yet a great transformation! love it. come share your awesome creativity at my new link party http://www.carissamiss.com/2014/09/outside-box-link-party-no-1.html

  5. Your transformation is brilliant! Amazing what paint can do :) Visiting you from Work it Wednesday..

  6. So cool. Love a good West Elm knockoff!! Thanks so much for linking up at our Link it or Lump it party!

  7. Love this update! Thanks for linking up with us at the DIY'ers! I'm featuring you tomorrow. Thanks!

  8. Great job updating your side table Andrea.


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