Tiered Table Tutorial

We have a little program here on one of our radio stations…..

They play a brand new song……take callers…..and they vote on it……

“Love it” or “Forget it”……

I believe this is going to be a “Forget it” table.

Sad, isn’t it?

I did learn how to paint in a different way though and barely had 45 min. and $5.00 in this project.

The lack of time and money is showing, isn’t it?

You know what would be pretty?

Roll some white towels on the bottom tier……Woven baskets on the top…candles…..


Old books stacked neatly on both sides of the bottom shelf with a clear, glass, pottery barn lamp…..something woven….jute……wooden….

Am I still the American Idol contestant….squawking away?

Still not feeling it……

I am going to try another color.

I am going tomorrow….so stop me if you think it is futile.

It has to be an overwhelming vote…..

Not one brave soul.

I am thinking……forest green….where the blue is….muted and softer  than the blue…or even red.

Would you puke? Is red too harsh?

If I lived in a beach cottage.

I would be all over this and pay like……..$125.00 for it in blue!

Wouldn’t you?

Beach cottage takers anyone?

I will try another color….and then….if it doesn’t work….off to live with Freebird or Criagslist!

Well, anyways……here’s how to make this “little pretty” for yourself.

I DO like working with two colors….just don’t ask me why I didn’t worry about if the colors would match my decor or not……


Let’s get started…shall we?

When I wanted to experiment with two colors I chose to paint the two “tiers” different colors.

One: I felt if I did a dark color on the bottom….it would disappear.
Two: I felt if the top was a different color….it needed to have some of the bottom color in it…..or it would “not” blend….
That is just my personal opinion. I did NOT spend ALOT of time thinking about this actually, which may show in the finished product. I just used the products I had and went with what felt right and when it looked crappy…..changed it up a bit.

How I started:

Lightly and I mean lightly….. sand the table……just because you are lazy ; )
My name of the game is only using what I have….I do NOT have a “de-glosser” product, so I felt I needed to take some of the gloss off with sandpaper. I am not advanced in the sandpaper stuff….this is the same sandpaper that I used on my table…..when it stops making any difference…I will put a replacement pad in. The gloss was still visibly seen so I felt I had better lightly prime the table……
First, I wiped off the table after sanding it….then primed the tables.

It wasn’t important for me that it was covered fully….just covered lightly, so the paint would grab to it. I found out that I could take the table apart with “4” screws….so against my lazy bones stance….I took it apart. Much easier to paint this way.

I could have used the same paint that I used with my table transform after priming….and it prob. would have been prettier….but I really wanted to see how “easy” I could make this project and decided to go with one of my half cans of left over spray paint.
I was making up my design as I went…..so, with no specific plan, I decided to do the larger base “tier” the off white and create a “frame like” off white edge on the top “tier”……

So, after priming, I spray painted my “base coat”of  off white, on both tiers.

The top tier was spray painted carefully around the edges…..I didn’t want to waste any paint for the middle, since I knew I was painting the middle blue.
The top tier was spray painted with one  coat of off white color.
The primer stretched out my 1/2 can of spray paint, by the way.
I only had to use one coat of spray paint and still have a 1/4 of a can left.

So…pretend you are looking at a photo of both tiers off-white……I didn’t take that photo….

You’re welcome.

And now we are on to the next step.

To create the “framed” top tier…..I took painters tape….used the edge of the table as my line and just taped on all edges.

My tape was about 1.5″ width……

I then took my Valspar blue sample and painted the legs and middle of top tier blue.

When I first started the blue was super bright….so I poured a little bit of my “white” from my table re-do in the blue paint and mixed enough paint up for the entire project. I was afraid that I would try to re-mix later and may not match the color.

This part took hardly any paint either because of the primer. I only did one coat. I still have about 3/4 of that little sample left.

The blue was freaking me out at this point…..Just so you know.

It was coming out so AWFUL.

It looked like a Yard sale kids playroom table.

At this point I closed my eyes and began clicking my heels together and chanting…..

“Please show up Miss Mustard Seed“….”Please show up Miss Mustard Seed“…….

And opened my eyes and saw…….

Drumroll please!


I was on my own AND Miss Mustard Seed I am NOT.

It was UGLY.

I put my big girl panties on and decided to start with “neatening up the edges a tad”….I grabbed a piece of sandpaper….and held it up….to block the blue…lining it’s edge along the blue messy edge and sprayed real quick over the bright blue messy spots. The sandpaper blocked the rest….it worked…..it hid the big spots.

I then took a 79 cent stencil…..put it in the middle of the blue…to hopefully break up the big ‘ole blue table look I had going on…..and dabbed it with my table re-do paint.


The blue was sooooooo bright and the creme was so creme….and now….the stencil in the middle was sooooo white!

I didn’t really know what to do.

It needed “muted” and I was afraid just sanding wasn’t going to mute it enough.

So, I did something that I do NOT know if it was the right thing to do….but it worked for me and this project.

REMEMBER….I am only using what I have.

So, I took a little plastic cup….put about 1/8 cup of water and literally….just put the edge of a paint brush in my “table re-do” paint and put it in my water…..the water became “whitish”………like a white water….the brush looked clean….and I just took the brush and sorta “scrub brushed” it on the surface of the table everywhere……….it just sorta put a haze on the table…….


It was still ugly!!!!

But this is where distressing comes in handy.

AND why I like distressing.

It helps me hide my mistakes.

I just started distressing and sanding the table and started with the blue part.

If I didn’t like the look……I just kept on sanding.

I am making it sound like a long time…..this all happened in about five minutes…..

And I started liking what I was seeing.

The white and wood were peeping through the blue……

Important note: I accidentally got to the wood on the blue when sanding…….then I liked it…..so I did it again.

I sanded away part of the stencil….so that it would look worn…ok, I did it on accident….but I liked it.

Then…the edges all over. the table…..I roughed ’em up good.

And started on the other parts of the table.

This part does not take a long time…..

At least for me.

Remember, I only had one coat of paint and a  light coat of primer…..so it was easy to get to the wood.

It started looking “softer”….not so “primary colorish” and began blending………

Another important note: When I was distressing, there were times when I felt like it looked “scratched” and not “worn”…..

So when I would mess up and do that…..

I would sand some more.

It would “lighten” up the scratched looked and give it a more “worn” look.

Sound crazy?

I’m not fibbing.

The uglier it was ….the more I sanded……the more I sanded……the better it looked.

I decided that I didn’t want the “brown” tones that stain would bring to this piece…..and just pasted the table to keep it from chipping…..and give it that “finished” look.

Total time in this project….not counting drying time. About 45 minutes…..or less.

The products I used…..

And my minwax Paste……I forgot to put that in the picture.

You don’t have to use the same colors….the blue is a sample….the big green can….it’s the one that I only used a dab of. It could be any white or similar color to provide your hazy look.

Sound complicated?

It wasn’t…….at all.

Is this something you have tried or would try?

I believe I may try it on a bigger project.


I will just use different colors.

Eeeeek again!

I can’t tell you about it yet.


Let me know if you have any questions!

Think it was worth it?

It is either going to be Criagslisted or go in Freebirds apartment or painted another color than blue.

Not that you asked.

I have moved around my house but it just doesn’t go with my decor.

I wish I would have had a sample, dark green color.

That would have been SO pretty!

Don’t you think?



0 thoughts on “Tiered Table Tutorial

  • June 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I think you need to open your own shop and sell your creations, you are so darn creative, I really mean it!!!  🙂

  • June 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I think it looks cute. We shouldn’t be afraid to try new things. That’s what your post taught me. I typically am too scared to be creative, but I really want to have a creative outlet. I am inspired to just do it! I have a lot of “projects” sitting in my garage, and I am going to get busy!

  • June 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    @077c25ac118016548f14de3b9fd9524c:disqus  Maybe I should put it on my Saturday Night Craigslist shout out! ; ) Maybe I will double my money and sell it for $10.00! Woo HOo! Love, Me

  • June 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    @5e1ff8252dd74739868e39e7247b4fcf:disqus  I love you! I really mean it! Love, Me

  • June 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    @0225635aba582754256db8d90fd9a26c:disqus  Glad it motivated you! I expect to hear about your projects! Love, Me

  • June 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I said before that I liked it, but I’d like it a lot more if it was red. Call me insane, why yes I am thank you, but I do not like green, gray or blue. All the designers are using only those colors this year and I truly HATE them. Leave your table the way you like it though or paint it something else. It did turn out cute even though it’s blue.


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