Revamping My Dining Room Server…

Happy Friday!

For those of you that follow us on Instagram, you know that I am knee deep in the process of changing around my dining room a bit!  I have had the itch for a new table for sometime, and really wanted to build one myself.  I have that all finished up and can’t wait to share it.  In the meantime, I wanted to share a revamp I did to an old server that I LOVE.  Ash and I started this blog doing revamps and transforming old pieces into new ones.  I love the process of giving an old piece of furniture a brand new life!  It’s like a good hair cut… And, it’s really not difficult at all!

Here is how she turned out…

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I LOVE this piece.  It’s actually going to have a new home at my mom’s house, but before I sent it over I wanted to freshen it up a bit.

This was the original finish…

Dining Room Server

I did love the tone of the legs, but the rest of the piece was very yellow-orange and it had lots of dings and spots.  So, after repairing the base (you can see the clamp on the bottom), I got started.

My first step was removing all of the old hardware.  Typically I like to replace it with new hardware, but these pulls are perfection.  They are worn and beautiful, and you really can’t find any like it still.

I also used some 3M ScotchBlue painter’s tape to cover some areas I wanted to keep paint free like the keyhole and the inside of the drawer.



I did prime this piece first.  Although the paint claims to have primer, I have found that it is always best to use an actual primer on old pieces like this.  I used one coat of this on the whole thing using a brush…

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You can find this stuff at Lowe’s!  It’s super easy to apply, and it will save you lots of heartache later… Promise.

Next I decided to go with 2 different shades of grey.  These are the two colors I chose…

Pantone String Valspar

For my lighter color I used Valspar Pantone String

Valspar Siene

And the darker color is Valspar Siene.

They both look a bit brown on the screen, but the color is a perfect grey.  I used a satin sheen for both colors.

After letting that dry, I used an 80 grit sanding paper like this to very lightly scratch my corners and edges…

3M SandBlaster

Easy peasy!

And to protect all my work, I gave the entire piece 2 coats of Rustoleum Ultimate Polyurethane.  LOVE this stuff.  It goes on white and dries clear.  I like to apply with a bristle brush and not a foam brush because the foam brushes tend to make more bubbles.


That is it.  I put all my old hardware back on and I was set to go.  I LOVE it.  To me, it gives the whole piece a brand new look and life, and really brings out all of the beauty even more.

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How to paint furniture

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I hope my mom takes good care of her (because I will be getting her back at some point ;-))

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Let me know if you have any questions at all!

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  1. Sues Home and Garden on September 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I love it. Nice old piece and the color is perfect. Love the old hardware.

  2. Sarah Parker on September 7, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Beautiful! Off topic, but are your floors stained concrete?

  3. Sel on September 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    love the style of the piece, though frankly, i find the finish
    uninteresting. This cute little piece needs a little more artistry.

  4. Katt Bailey on September 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE This

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