painted table project ideas

Is it wrong if when my husband asked me what I wanted to choose for date day….

….and I told him I wanted to paint a table.

Because if it’s wrong….I’m not sure I want to be right. 🙂

You see….I found this table in the very back of an antique store covered in dust and scratches….right next to an old phone booth and two sets of hair curlers.

It had amazing lines and three shelves and the cutest molding on the side that kind of grinned at me….

….and silently pleaded for me to take it home. 🙂

geometric painted  pattern

And so….on date day…..I told him about the table.

And how much I wanted to paint it.

And it would go so much faster if I had a super cute date to help me tape the other side.

And would it help….if the table and I…..

…..watched the World Cup with him later?

And so it was…..that over coffee and giggles and laughs and a painted table….

….a pair of twinkling brown eyes took me on one of the best dates ever. 🙂


Painted Table Project



white paint

SW Mindful Gray (greatest gray on the planet)

FrogTape with curves pattern

round stamp 

a date with twinkling brown eyes

Step 1:  Paint the table white

If you are reading this before 2:00pm can you just imagine I have the best before picture of the table that goes right here in the post.

It’s a really, really good before.

I mean….seriously extra pitiful with extra spiderwebs and dust and scratches and brown.

I’m adding the picture here when I get home….but for now take my word for it….

….it was ready for a make-over.

Paint this pitiful table white.

Let it dry and cure for at least 24 hours.

painted table

Step 2:  Add tape

For this project I used the FrogTape with Curves.

I simply lined up the table across the top of the table with about 1/2 inch between each of the pieces of tape.

Don’t think too hard about this.

Don’t stress that every single piece of tape is exactly the same width.

Promise me?

In the end if one of your curved lines is a little bigger than the other…..

….it just adds extra character. 🙂

painted table project

Here’s the table mid-tape.

how to paint a table

And here it is completely tape-ful.

Can you see why having a date is so much help?

If you can hand the tape to your date on the other side….

….it makes everything so much easier.

Then make sure all the tape is scored….as in firmly pressed down with something with a crisp edge.

painting a table

Step 3:  Take a super-artistic picture of the paint roller

Tell your date what you are doing.

Ask his opinion on the precise location of the paint roller for the picture.

Watch him as he seriously considers the question.


….because you already knew where the paint roller was going all along. 🙂

diy painted table

Step 5:  Paint the table

Using the roller….paint the table with SW Mindful Gray.

Roll the paint on until you have a solid coat.

Let dry.

diy painted table project

Step 6:  Peel off tape

When you are finished it should look like this.


But why stop there?

This is part of the project when you tell your date to go start watching the World Cup…..

…..and that you and the table will be there shortly.

painting a patterned table

Step 7:  Stamp a round stamp on every other curve

All could find in the craft room was a smiley faced stamp.

In the make-it-work department….my circles started looking like this.

All smiles.

painted table ideas

And when I filled them in….

….they looked like this.

 ideas for painting a table

And like this.

painted table project diy

And this.

Let the SW Mindful Gray curves and circles dry and then seal the table with a coat of water-based acrylic clear-coat.

geometric painted table

When you are done and you add random orange accessories from the kitchen and an orange polka dotted rug….

….the table looks like this.

Finish up by fixing your date a chicken salad sandwich and a glass of sweet tea.

Then tell him how brilliant he is.

And how much he helped with the project and the styling.

And how you couldn’t have done it without him.

And that you promise next week’s date day won’t look anything like this….

… will be all about building a shelving unit instead. 🙂

Just kidding.

Maybe. 🙂

disclosure:  I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products.  

All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.  Please see my disclosure policy for additional information.

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And now click on the links below for some more fun trash to treasure projects from some of my favorite bloggers:


AKA Designs

Thrifted Bar Cart


So Much Better With Age

Gold Leaf Painted Mirror 


Rain on a Tin Roof

Tray Make-over

easy diy painted table


    1. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

      hahaha, oh my goodness you're not mix are MIZ karianne...I have a love/hate relationship with my iPad...

  1. Image for Tracy Tracy

    The ending was hilarious. I love it. I always like to have another project going too! I do enjoy the help too from the hubby. Thank you for a morning laugh.

  2. Image for Cindy Brown Cindy Brown

    You are ingenious! And I want to be your best friend! (promise, no stalking here!) Your posts always make me smile and giggle. Thanks for that!

  3. Image for sammijo sammijo

    KaYooT,(aka,cute) just wanted to stress how adorable the project is! I love it, and I would be the one with the O C D problem( with the measuring part.) LOL I also have a wheel fetish, so I would probably put wheels on it, so that I could use it in a number of places. Thanks Karianne for all your wonderful ideas!!

  4. Image for Patti Patti

    Love it. I also did not know about the curvy frog tape. I don't know whether I should laugh or cry when I think "What will they come up with next." I sound like my mother. ;) Happy Weekend!

  5. Image for Thrift My House Thrift My House

    Love the table! Amazing how the the stenciling really dresses it up! I have to find that tape! If I make a painting date with my husband, (he hates to paint anything ) the next time , I might have to go turkey or deer hunting with him... no thanks! I'm a lone painter. And he's a lone hunter. Works for us :-)

  6. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    That table is the cutest ever! But I can't do date of 40 years...has sparkling blue eyes! So I have to change one of the ingredients! Think it will still work? ;)

  7. Image for Regina Regina

    Super cute!! I've got to get me some Frog tape!!! Just got in from pulling weeds in front of the library, in the SUN!!!!! Yes!! (the life of a library director is just FULL of perks . . . LOL!)

  8. Image for Louise Louise

    The table is adorable ... And so aren't you. Thanks for the smile on my face and the giggle as I read about the table grinning at you.

  9. Image for Lisa Lisa

    KariAnne, I love this date day makeover, you are too gorgeous. The orange styling is just fab too. Love it all, happy weekend, here's to more dates x


    Love your table KariAnne,it looks AWESOME,and really love the orange,I am certain that this is what you were meant to do in life,because you are SOOO good at what you do.... :-)

  11. Image for Gail Gail

    I love all you do ... it's all so great. Would you consider alphabetizing your Pinterest boards? ... for ease of finding things by you AND your followers!! When I try to find something you've pinned, it's almost impossible because you have so many (wonderful) boards. It's easy ... you just drag and drop to the order you want them. Thanks ... happy pinning! Gail Highland UT

  12. Image for Marian@Gathering Branches Marian@Gathering Branches

    My girlfriend who is sadly moving away to Pennsylvania in a few weeks needs a pretty gray for her new kitchen/family room. Thanks for such a pretty suggestion, as you and she have a very similar aesthetic. Isn't it fun when friends help friends without even meaning to? And I never would have thought to layer scalloped tape like that. You're amazing, you darling woman. The Other Marian

  13. Image for Kris Kris

    How do you find out about things like curved Frog Tape? I mean, I read your blog so that's how I am in the know, but you have to figure this stuff out somewhere. Do you live in Home Depot? ;) The table is darling and I think even I could tackle something like that.

  14. Image for Maggie Maggie

    You are ingenious !! I will look for the frog tape in the store because you inspire me and I can use on a tray that I want to paint. So did you watch some of the World Cup's games? I'm from Argentina soooo...I'm watching it!! Thank you Kari Anne

  15. Image for Katie Katie

    These are so great! I love that a simple stencil is all that you needed to transform the shelves. Those orange bins really give it a pop of color. You should come by Motivate Me Monday linky party on IT'S A ginger SNAP and link this up!

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