Drab to fab play kitchen table!

A couple of years ago I was looking for a cute little play kitchen table in our playroom, and realized that I had just the thing...an old end table that we weren't using anymore was just sitting gathering dust, and needed to be put to good use.  So, I sprayed it white, and called it good.  Fast forward those couple of years, and this poor table had been through the wringer.  It desperately needed a fresh coat of paint, and a little pep put back into it. I'm also finally starting to decorate the playroom, so this would be one of the first projects to get me up and running.  I LOVE how it turned out!

Play Kitchen Table...From Drab to Fab | simplykierste.com

The top of the table had a groove around the edges, creating a big square directly in the middle of it.  Since I'm totally obsessed with polka dots, and think it's super fun for a playroom, I used that square to create something that would really add some charm and detail.  The color theme for the whole room is red, white, and navy/denim, and since the chairs were already red, I went with red on top to tie it all in together.

Best of all? This little makeover only took one day, and the vast majority of that was drying time.  I thought about using chalk paint, but honestly, I didn't want to spend a lot of time or effort or money on this piece. I can guarantee you I will have to re-do it again in another couple of years, due to six very active children that love to play...and play hard.  ☺  I went with my old favorite stand-by--Rustoleum spray paint.

See how nicked and marked up it was?  A quick sand across solves some of the unevenness.  I used Rustoleum white--paint + primer on the entire table, and let it dry completely.  I love using the paint and primer--it saves an extra step!

Play Kitchen Table...From Drab to Fab | simplykierste.com

While the paint was drying, I used my Silhouette to cut out 1.5 inch circles.  No need to bother with the transfer paper--I was just going to peel them off and stick them on. Once the paint was totally dry, I taped the edges off with Frog Tape (my favorite!), then added the polka dots--being sure to adhere them really well.

Play Kitchen Table...From Drab to Fab | simplykierste.com

I sprayed the top red, and let it dry, then peeled off the tape and circles. I took my power sander to the top--I like more of a distressed look, and the paint was a little glossy for my taste.  I like some of the white showing through!

Play Kitchen Table...From Drab to Fab | simplykierste.com

It's perfect!! It was so easy, and a darling focal point for the play kitchen!  I'm excited to finish a few more projects for this space...SO fun!

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Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.
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  1. Heather says:

    How adorable! I love it! I have some end tables hanging around that I could totally do this to! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Crystal says:

    Too adorable!! I love the red with white polka dots!!! Super cute!!

  3. Karie says:

    This table is absolutely adorable! You have actually inspired me to do this to an end table I have in out Buckeye family room! It is just so boring and I think I will do this same thing using scarlet and grey color…Thank you!

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  5. Sherry says:

    SOO darn CUTE!!!
    I’m very interested in how you made the sink and oven too. My granddaughter wants it so badly and I’m not interested in “The plastic ones you see in stores.”
    Can you help me with “How To”, Pretty please?

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