End Table Makeover Idea w/ Dixie Belle

Are you looking for an easy end table makeover idea? You will love this idea that uses a surprise for the tabletop!

Be sure to read to the end – I have a YouTube video that goes with this tutorial!

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end table makeover idea

We’ve painted furniture and upcycled furniture and flipped furniture and restored furniture so many times over the last years of being in business as a vendor booth owner.

And I wonder if I will ever run out of table makeover ideas. It’s certainly possible. But with so much inspiration around, I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface!

Not on my furniture pieces, of course! We’ll have no scratching of surfaces on our finished furniture makeovers!

Unless of course, I put those scratches there on purpose. 😉

Lady holding a paintbrush and sitting next to an end table ready for a furnitur makeover.

Let’s go over the supplies I used for this adorable furniture flip!

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Additional supplies you’ll need

Here are three peel-and-stick wallpaper options. They are all so gorgeous and would look amazing on your next tabletop!

prep furniture for paint

Before we dive into the gorgeous paint color I chose for this end table makeover idea, let’s talk about prepping the piece for paint.

Pieces always need to be cleaned. Even if you are painting a piece of furniture that you already use in your home, it needs to be cleaned. White Lightning Cleaner is a powdered form of TSP and cleans so well.

You can read about cleaning with this amazing stuff by clicking HERE.

The next step for this particular piece was to block any reddish color that might bleed through the finished painted surface. B.O.S.S. is the ticket for this task. It Blocks Odors, Stains, and Stops bleed through.

This piece was on the reddish/orangey side so to play it safe, I applied two coats of B.O.S.S. with an hour of dry time between coats.

Lady applying a layer of Dixie Belle BOSS on a small end table for a furniture makeover.

Then it was time to add the color! We all love this part, don’t we?? One coat of Serenity Silk All-in-One Mineral Paint covered the whole piece.

The color is going to match the top I have planned for this piece perfectly!

can I use peel and stick wallpaper on furniture?

Yes, you can! It’s such a fun option for a sweet little table like this side table that I found for about $5 at a thrift store! It totally brings it to the next level!

And peel and stick wallpaper is so easy to apply, Here are the steps:

  • measure and cut the peel and stick wallpaper allowing about an extra inch all the way around
  • use something on one end to hold the wallpaper down (you’ll see in the video what I used)
  • peel the backing sheet off a couple of inches and center the wallpaper on the tabletop
  • use your finger to smooth out the wallpaper and gently pull the backing sheet off a little at a time, smoothing as you go
  • once the paper is completely on the side table top, toss the backing sheet and smooth the wallpaper down with a soft cloth, smoothing out any bubbles
  • use an Xacto knife with a new blade to cut off the excess around the edge of the table (you’ll see me do this step in the video)
Peel and stick wallpaper laying on the top of an end table for a makeover idea.

You can see here that I am holding the Xacto knife at a 45* angle along the scalloped edge of this end table. I just ran the knife along the edge, cutting as I went along.

If I missed a spot, I carefully cut away the peel and stick wallpaper.

It’s best to watch this in action. You can see me cut away the peel and stick wallpaper in the YouTube video towards the end of the post.

Lady using an Xacto knife to cut away excess peel and stick wallpaper on an end table makeover idea.

how do you update end tables?

This is one end table makeover idea. Can’t you see this technique on other end tables? It’s such a fun way to update an end table that is kinda ho-hum, don’t you think?

The after of an end table makeover idea showing the end table with vintage blue mason jars and a plant sitting on top.

does peel and stick wallpaper work on furniture?

Yes, peel and stick wallpaper works on furniture!

The wallpaper is sticking so well to this end table! I made sure that I went over the whole surface with a soft cloth to make sure it adhered completely.

I even went around the cut edges with my finger to make extra sure the paper wasn’t peeling back.

Close up of the corner of a small table makeover showing chippy paint and peel and stick wallpaper.

more inspiring posts!

Here are a couple of other ideas for an end table makeover.

upcycle an end table

Not bad for a $5 end table, don’t ya’ think?

This sweet table could be used in a couple of ways:

  • as a side table between two chairs with books or magazines on the bottom shelf
  • in a bathroom with mason jars filled with cotton balls and other bathroom essentials with folded hand towels on the bottom
  • between two twin beds in a girl’s room (or in another color scheme for boys!)
  • near an entryway as a place to drop keys and a purse
Staged shot of completed end table makeover with vintage mason jars and a plant sitting on top and a kitchen in the background.

YouTube Video

Here is the video to go along with this post! Be sure to watch – my little dog, Barkly shows up while I was working on this end table makeover idea! 🐶

He’s cute but annoying. 😉

The latest on Youtube:

easy furniture makeover with Dixie Belle

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  1. This is awesome. I love your projects. Funny how when we need a break from painting something big, we go paint something else. Hugs to you.

    1. Painters love to paint! Thanks for stopping by 😊

  2. It’s so pretty! How do you think it will hold up? Also, I hope I read right that you painted over Boss after an hours dry time? I thought I had to wait overnight and it’s so frustrating when I’m ready to paint. I was so glad to read this! Game changer for me 😁

    1. Hi Susan! I just checked the Dixie Belle website for the recommended dry time for BOSS – one hour between coats and one hour before painting! Woohoo- grab your paint brush and get painting 😊 Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  3. Patti Donophan says:

    Cindy-It’s always good to take a break from a long project! And what a good break it was! I love this little end table and it got me thinking. I have a piece that I’ve had for 35+ years and I think I will use the peel-n-stick vinyl paper on the top. Thanks for taking a break for demonstrating this cool project!❤️

    1. So glad you enjoyed the post, Patti! Let me know if you have any questions when your start project🥰

  4. Your talent never ceases to amaze me, Cindy, wow! I love the color you chose and how you added the paper to the top too. I would have never thought about doing that but I love it. I still haven’t tried Dixie Bell Paints but every time I see your new pieces it reminds me I need to check them out. Loving and pinning, CoCo

    1. Love this Cindy abd the wallpaper is the perfect finishing touch.

      Whit Lightening is an amazing product


      1. White Lightning is such a good cleaner! I just used it to clean my kitchen, especially around my stove. It worked so well!

    2. Thanks my friend for the encouragement about our projects 🥰 Dixie Belle is so easy to use – if you have any questions about the products, feel free to reach out to me! Thank you for pinning 🥰

  5. Cindy this is such a great piece and very versatile. Love the wall paper.

    1. Isn’t the wallpaper gorgeous? I’m looking for other ways to use it!

  6. I love the transformation you have done with this table! You always do a great job, Cindy! Have a wonderful week! xo

    1. Thanks my ‘good morning’ friend! Have a great week!

  7. Cindy, I have pinned this beautiful table. Plus, I will be ordering some wallpaper. Beautiful!

    1. Yay!! I am sure you will make something beautiful with the wallpaper and I can’t wait to see it! Thanks, my friend!:)

  8. Cindy, I love this. I have an end table that I don’t know what to do with. This pretty table gives me some options that I like!

    1. Yay for inspiration! So glad you enjoyed the project, Rachelle! Thanks for stopping by 😊

  9. This makeover is so beautiful and the color is just perfect. I really want to try this paint out.

    1. You will love Dixie Belle Kristin! Thanks for stopping by 😊

  10. This is a fabulous idea! Thank you for the tips on using the wallpaper. Super helpful!! Pinned.

    1. You’re so sweet Anna! Thanks for pinning 🥰

  11. This idea of using peel and stick wallpaper to update a piece of furniture is pure genius! I have quite a few pieces I want to update and I will definitely be trying this technique. Thanks for the reminder that pieces have to be cleaned, that’s a step I always want to skip but I appreciate the reminder that it’s super important. Thanks, Cindy!

    1. Prepping and cleaning the piece are the most important steps! I hope you give this project a try 😊 Thanks for stopping by Stacey!

  12. Leslie Watkins says:

    You have again inspired me that I need Dixie Belle in my life. Beautiful job!

    1. You will love using Dixie Belle paint, Leslie!

    1. Thanks Linda! I’m glad you enjoy the posts 🥰

  13. This is an amazing makeover, Cindy! I love what you did. The wallpaper and paint color are both gorgeous.

    1. Isn’t it fun?? The peel and stick is an amazing product and so easy to use!

  14. Rachel - Tea and Forget-me-nots says:

    Love Serenity, you did a beautiful job,

    1. Thanks Rachel! Serenity is such a beautiful color!