I was about to relegate them to use as side tables in one of the guest rooms when I decided I would try to remake them for the living room. I struggled with this...they aren't antiques, but I did not want to ruin something that had sentimental value. But, I bit the bullet and decided to paint them black with an antique silver rub on some of the details.
It was NOT an easy process. Three coats of black spray paint covered them nicely. (Anyone thinking about spray painting furniture, take this advice--get top of the line spray paint.) The silver rub was very time consuming--involving outlining the details with metallic silver paint, then hand rubbing the excess. It's not perfect, I'll admit, but once I get a coat of matte polyurethane on them and "merchandise" them, I think they will be perfect in the room.
I'm joining the blog party over at "Between Naps on the Front Porch" with this post. Each Monday, "Between Naps" hosts a "Metamorphosis Monday" where bloggers the world over post their before and after pictures. Might be something as simple as my table makeover or as large as a whole-house renovation. But definitely TONS of before and afters to check out!
I'm also linking to the Painted Projects Party at Centsational Girl!