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White Clad End Table Makeover

We all know someone with one of those White Clad end table thingys, right?  No?  Just me?  Anyway, I guess White Clad used to make iceboxes and then it was all the rage to make reproductions to use as furniture.  I see them in people’s houses a lot.  My grandparents had like three in their garage.  This one is from some time in the 80s (the 1980s that is), so I didn’t feel bad about giving it a new coat of paint to make it pretty.

White Clad end table painted gray.

Here’s a nice “before” and “after” for ya.  Lovely orangey oak finish, shiny brass hardware, and coffee rings on the top.  Yep… didn’t feel bad at all about painting it.

White Clad end table before and after paint.

Seriously, the brassy finish was making my eyes hurt.

White Clad hardware

Much better!  I used the leftover Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint from the buffet that I painted a few weeks ago.  This little cabinet only took half a container.

White Clad hardware painted white

To minimize brush strokes, I found it helpful to dip my paint brush in a little bit of water.  I had to do more coats that way, but the result was a very smooth finish.  And, of course, I distressed it a little on the edges and then waxed it.

White Clad hinges, painted and distressed

I didn’t feel like painting the cheap “wood” that was on the inside, so, just like the buffet, I lined parts of it with pretty contact paper.

White Clad cabinet lined with shelf liner

White Clad end table painted gray

I just love that a little bit of paint can turn something unwanted into something beautiful!

White Clad end table before and after

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Wednesday 10th of January 2024

Just purchase a single door White Clad...Oh what terrible shape! I could see right away the potential, so lugged it home today. Have no idea hoe many people have owned and "painted" 😪 before I bought it today. Found you site and seceded to see what I could glean from you. Thanking you in advance Liz


Thursday 7th of May 2020

How did you freshen up the hardware?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Friday 29th of May 2020

Just painted it with chalk paint and waxed. It has held up well.


Saturday 19th of July 2014

did you have to sand it first too?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Sunday 20th of July 2014

Not with this kind of paint. There is no sanding required. If you have any old paint peeling off or scratches, I would probably sand that first though.

Megan @ Homemade Ginger

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

Love it! The paper on the inside is so pretty!


Monday 9th of June 2014

I'm so happy I came across this cute side table you redid. I have the same table, I picked it up for only $5 and did not know what to do with it. Thank for the inspiration. I'm going to go paint it now. Linda

Britni Vigil

Wednesday 21st of May 2014

I seriously need to get an end table and you've just inspired me even more. Love the makeover Jess!

Jessica Anderson

Friday 23rd of May 2014

Thanks, Britni! It was so easy to do!

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