Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mustard Yellow Table {love it or hate it?}

Lately I've been loving bright, mustard yellow. I think it started with a scarf I got last summer and now it has resulted in a little table transformation in our living room. Scott and I originally picked up this sturdy end table a few years ago from friends who were moving and I refinished it in a creamy white. I pretty quickly realized the white was too "antique" for me and the table just looked blah.

After collecting some images of little French tables on Pinterest and mulling it over (secretly) for quite a while, I decided to paint it a bright mustard yellow. 

 Scott said, "It's very yellow." I said, "Trust your wife."

Next, I sanded off some of the new paint, revealing some of the old white paint 
and the pale bare wood underneath.

Then, in order to give it a more aged look, I stained the exposed wood.

A final coat of wipe-on polyeurethane finished the job and gave it a hard, durable seal.

The whole project took just a few hours, with most of that time spent waiting for the paint to dry. I bought only a little sample jar of Valspar's "jackson square" paint (from the allen + roth collection at Lowe's) and that was plenty to do the job. The stain and polyeurethane were leftovers from other projects.

And now I have a much more interesting little corner in our living room.

I'm pretty sure a lot of people would think this kind of furniture refinishing is rather unfortunate--
who would want this garish, mismatched table in their home?

Well, call me crazy, but I do!
So what do you think?
Love it, or hate it?


  1. Love-thanks for the color name as I am wanting to paint a hutch in my dining room a mustard yellow!

  2. I think it's looks great! I was looking for a good mustard color on pinterest and found you there. I've repinned.

  3. I have 2 side tables very similar and I am planning on put them on the living room just wondering the color, thanks to you I guess I found the perfect color fot them ;)

  4. Love this - I have just done two bedside tables in Annie Sloan's English Yellow - the rest of the bedroom furniture is painted white and I painted the walls a light grey - I think it looks great :)


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