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Furniture Makeover: Stunning Black Side Table With Elegant Knobs

This side table makeover took a couple of twists and turns, but in the end, everything worked out perfectly. I chose my favorite Dixie Belle black shade of paint called Caviar for the makeover, and the table is stunning. 

vintage side table to paint (2)

The table didn’t look so great when I spotted it at my favorite junk shop. The yellow oak is terribly outdated, and the cabinet pulls were broken. I only paid $10 for the piece so that made it all okay. 

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This is Furniture Fixer Upper Tour Day and you guys know what that means. The tour starts at the bottom of this post and my four fabulous friends have some great makeovers for you today.

vintage side table to paint (3)

Before I started on the paint makeover I needed to figure out what to do about the cabinet pulls. I removed the broken ones and sorted through my stash to see what I could find for replacements.

vintage side table to paint (1)

I thought I had found the perfect piece because it was long enough to cover the screw holes from the original pieces. That meant I wouldn’t have to fill the holes. Win-win. Then it finally dawned on me that the hardware plate looked fine but there was no “pull” to open the cabinet with. Silly me.


I went back to my stash and pulled these two drawer pulls. The small pieces are the backplates for the circle pulls. So now all I had to do was fill the bottom screw hole on each cabinet door and spray paint the pulls.

furniture makeover with paint (3)

As I mentioned earlier, this makeover took a couple of turns. I first painted the piece with Dixie Belle Paint, Drop Cloth color. I like the color and I planned to give the paint an aged look by brushing thinned black paint over the detailed areas.

furniture makeover with paint (1)

Well, I did that technique and the look was okay, but I wasn’t loving it. Then it hit me that I had not filled the bottom screw holes before painting the side table. I had never made that mistake before—first time for everything. So I went back to my drawer knob stash, looking for two pulls for each cabinet that wouldn’t look dorky on the white table. 

fancy knobs from Hobby Lobby

I ran across these. I bought them for an earlier project piece, but they didn’t work out. I love the knobs, and I love the colors, but I knew if I chose to use these, the table would have to be repainted in a different color. The color needed to be dark so the knobs would pop.

Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint color Caviar

Paint color two – Caviar from Dixie Belle. I LOVE this color and the paint covers so well. You can see in the photo above how well one coat of paint covers the white. I applied two coats of Caviar to make sure I covered the white paint in every nook and cranny.

paint a side table with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint color Caviar and add new knobs

And finally, everything came together. At one time, I would not have used two knobs together like this where there should be only one. I just did not like the look at all, but it has grown on me. 

new knobs for painted furniture

The knobs with the various shades of blue and bright white look great against the black paint. 

stunning black side table painted with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint

The table was outdated before, but the new color and the elegant knobs make this piece fresh and modern. It could be used as a nightstand, end table, or maybe in a foyer. 

paint a table with black paint and add new knobs

Normally, I would distress all those details but not this time. I like the table just as it is. What do you think of the black table? Do you like the knobs?

Update: Okay, I didn’t like the knobs so I changed them. See if you like the new knobs better here…The Right Furniture Knobs Are Important

Please leave a comment if you have time before heading out on the Furniture Fixer Upper Tour. Take the tour by clicking the text links below the “before makeovers” photo collage…..

before paint makeovers


Furniture Fixer Upper Tour:
Super Easy Chair Makeover – Confessions of a Serial DIY’er
Faux Wood Painted Cedar Chest – Salvaged Inspirations
Antique Parlor Side Table – My Repurposed Life
DIY Modern Grey Dresser  – A Ray Of Sunlight
Stunning Painted Black Side Table – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)

painted furniture before and after
As always, thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Wow Kathy! It doesn’t even look like the same piece of furniture. Awesome job. I love the black.


  2. Black looks fantastic! Love the knobs but would have preferred 1 knob on each side versus 2. Fill in all holes and put one on each side in the middle of the existing knobs. Visually moe appealing in my opinion.

  3. I’m with Christy, black was definitely the way to go on this one – love how sleek and elegant it looks now! Pinned! XOXO