Nesting: Gold Side Table Makeover

Gold Side Table ReStyleLately, I have been working on finding ways to add extra storage to our next space. For the first few months we lived in this home I had my makeup bag sitting on the couch, near this mirror where I get ready every morning. I knew I had space for a small side table, but sometimes it takes a little while to find the perfect one. Here's how I restyled a secondhand table into something beautiful and useful for everyday life!Side Table (BEFORE)I started out with this not-so-amazing plain red table that I picked up at a local flea market. I started painting it with mint paint and quickly realized that it wasn't going to work in our bedroom (we have teal couches up there—don't wanna be too matchy-matchy). So I gave it a quick coat of Kilz primer and then painted it with gold craft paint (found in the craft paint aisle at Hobby Lobby). The gold paint was very thin, so the primer coat was essential. Even with that, it took 3-4 coats of gold paint to get an even finish. 

Side note: I never thought of myself as much of gold person, but recently it has been sneaking into my home left and right. I blame Emma's influence for this. She's a crazy gold lady.Added Storage!Next, Emma retrofitted a couple pieces of wood into the bottom section of the table so that it had a second shelf! I ordered three small storage baskets for the bottom shelf. I like the look of the table better with the extra shelf and baskets, but the added storage is the big perk.Everyday storage solutions (via A Beautiful Mess)Now I have a table I love that fulfills an organizational need too. It's the perfect spot for getting ready every morning. I love having all of my daily makeup at my fingertips and appreciate the extra baskets for things like scarves and sunglasses that can be easily misplaced. I'm naturally messy and this set up works really well for me.Gold Table (A Beautiful Mess)xoxo. Elsie

  • I want to know more about those beautiful vintage books! Especially the cosmetology book on top. Love the gold paint too!

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  • What an awesome DIY! Those metal wire baskets are super cool.

  • Gorgeous! My favorite part is the display. I love to display things in a beautiful way. Thanks for this.

  • It’s insane how minimalistic and industrial the wire baskets make this look – amazing! Really like the placement of the pelt/throw on the floor as well!

  • I have been falling in love with gold lately, too! I love more of the antiqued gold color. I am finding I am buying more and more gold jewelry lately.


  • Gold makes everything better. 🙂 have a great weekend.

  • It’s so perfect, and I LOVE the storage baskets, I’ve been trying to figure out where on earth to store my scarves, this is such a cute idea 🙂

  • Lovely! 🙂 and so organized!


  • So inspired by this. Might have to replace my clunky, boring bookshelf with a snazy gold table with bins!

  • I love this paint! I have quite a few little tables I need to repaint, thanks for sharing!

  • this is such a great DIY makeover. it is really amazing what a few coats of paint can do to an old piece of furniture. the new version looks so classy with the wire baskets and pretty things on top !
    xx rae

  • Awesome! I need something like this in my life. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  • The extra shelf is a great idea! I never used to think of myself as a sparkly-gold-lovin’ person but when I moved into my current home I noticed all the lamps and picture frames I was drawn to had gold through them; I love the little shimmery touches around the room.

  • Oh, my GOD!!!! That is beautiful!!! So easy to transform! Great job you did here…thanks for posting this…now I have to find the table ;-))

  • Your DIYs are so inspirational, definitely trying this one!

  • This looks great! We recently did a similar makeover with a 1960’s brick fireplace which was light and dark grey, whipped out a tin of gold paint and transformed it, I love it now, really unique and fits in better with our modern retro styling.

  • Fantastic tutorial! I picked up four pieces of furniture from an auction recently (£1 for all four!) and there is the perfect little side table that would look amazing in gold!

  • wow, it looks so amazing! i love this idea! and especially the gold 😉

  • These looks so chic – I absolutely love it!
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  • I love that you take flea market finds and turn them into treasures! The shad of gold you used is fantastic too. It almost looks like a rose gold. Nice touch 🙂


  • Very pretty! I bet that much storage is nice! I’m also not much of a gold person, but it’s starting to creep into my wardrobe! Haha.

  • Love this DIY. I’m obsessed with metallics and would love to use the color somewhere in my apartment!!

  • Just love when everything is cutely organized! This idea is lovely and I could totally see it in my working studio!

    Thanks for this idea!

    Olive xox

  • Wow, that is one of the most amazing diy renovations I’ve ever seen! I’m definitely going to save this in my pinterest, and bookmark it, so that I don’t forget to try this on my next piece! It’s looks amazing! 🙂

  • This is such a fantastic idea. I think I may re-appropriate a side table I have for a make up table station closer to natural light.

  • How gorgeous! I love DIY projects. I actually just put one up on my blog that may go well with this setup- jewelry storage on the wall!

    xx Kait


  • I love posts like this that give me little glimpses into you and Emma and your precious differences!

  • This is such a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Hope you can drop by at PIXELS AND TALES!

  • For future gold paint projects: Martha Stewart has a line of metallic paint at Home Depot. There are about 5 shades of gold they can mix for you. I painted over a disgusting neon orange and only needed two coats even without primer!

  • I love the idea of gold furniture! I have a bookshelf that I just might have to do this to!

  • Love it! Such a nice gold, not too yellowish! Cute way to add some subtle glamour to a room 🙂

  • I love the gold! I would have never thought to paint a table that color but it such a funky neutral!

  • So pretty! Gold + Fur = the key to my heart.

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  • It turned out fantastic! I love the idea of gold, would never have thought of that 🙂


  • I love this! The color is awesome and the added shelf and bins are great.
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  • It looks lovely, as always! Love the gold craft paint.

  • that gold is perfect! might i ask where you get those wire baskets? i have trouble finding the right sizes….

  • I’m a crazy gold lady too! I’m glad it’s becoming more in style these days, it’s a lot easier to find things since I don’t do silver (most of us are on one side or the other huh?). This is a great project, I have a lot of shabby side tables that need an update.


  • It’s clearly the season to be making over as I’ve spent the weekend making over odd bits of furniture. The gold table looks lovely!

  • This is so neat, I would love to do something like this in my house! xx

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  • I’m not usually a fan of gold myself, but that table is adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  • I love gold when it’s subtle, I think it’s a beautiful accent to other colors. Very inspiring! Thank you for this 🙂

  • So cute – might have to try this, since I’ve been thinking of redoing my dressing table 🙂


  • Soooo cute! I’ve painted a lot of furniture last year, but only white and green .. WHY didnt i think of gold? It looks so, so good! Lots of love,

  • Hey guys! The baskets are from Amazon, they are linked in the post right below the close up photo of the baskets.

    Thanks so much!!!

  • I love this! I will totally be looking into trying to make something similar when I move in March. I’ll have to downsize my make-up I think, but that’s a good thing because I have a lot and I rarely use any. It tends to make clutter with random lipstick/foundation/shadow in odd places of the apartment.

  • It looks so cute. I’ve been finding that gold is sneaking into my room in a lot of places too. It’s such a pretty accent color!


  • The wire baskets look so perfect for organizing!! I’m going to see the container store has them!

  • That looks BEAUTIFUL. And I love the sheepskin rug, they add such a nice touch to everything, I have about 3! I need to be this organised.

  • Congratulations on great makeover! The table looks fabulous and the baskets add a little industrial feeling.

    We have an old table in a dining space. We got it from the owners of the flat we rented a year ago. I’ve had a few ideas how to paint it but it hasn’t been THE idea yet.



  • This is so cool! I love this idea.

    Your blog is amazing

    Nafisah xo xx

  • Love the organized set-up! I love things to be where I can see them but not messy so this is an ideal solution!

  • I love the gold and this DIY in general, definitely something that fit into my work space. Thanks for sharing!

  • love the style and the storage ideas. I need a little something like this for my make up and love all the perfume bottles on display!

  • Yes. I fully agree: you guys make gold look great. And, I would have never thought that the chrome baskets would go so well with the gold table. I am so thankful for sites like yours that are brimming with eye candy and beautiful inspiration!

  • Lovely table! Gold has been sneaking into my life a lot lately too 🙂 I love those wire baskets as well

  • I seriously need to make myself a table! We’ve been in our house over 2 years and I still have my makeup on the floor inn our room in front of a big mirror…good gosh!

  • Super smitten with this simple, chic DIY! It’s amazing how much a fresh coat of paint can really transform an old piece of furniture. And it’s gold at that! Dying.

  • Where abouts is this in your house? Your bedroom? I love the idea of having a cute side table in our hallway for things like this, as our bedroom is too small. Will take these notes and file them, thanks!

  • I love the gold! And those metal baskets!

    Do you have a source for those?

    I would find it difficult to do my makeup like that, with a table in front of the mirror, but that’s because I’m 5’3″ and nearsighted. I have one of the 3 tier metal trolleys from ikea in my bathroom with my makeup on the top.

  • Really cute! I might need to do something like this in my entry way. It would be great to have a space to put baskets for my magazines (like you have done) and for keys and misc items that always seem to pile up on my dining room table!

    xx Ashleigh

  • love the look. I love the wire baskets. i can’t seem to get enough of them myself. 🙂

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