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Irresistible Telephone Table

Just because your tables are old, it doesn't mean they don't deserve some love and a fresh coat of paint. Table decorating ideas can give outdated tables new life, and this Irresistible Telephone Table tutorial can help you achieve it. This is a wonderful small living room decorating idea that can be tucked into a corner or butted up next to a couch. Dress up your telephone with a chic piece of furniture that will add a splash of cuteness into any room.

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Irresistible Telephone Table


Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint

  • Everlasting (ADC01)
  • Relic (ADC28)
  • Remembrance (ADC23)
  • Yesteryear (ADC27)

Americana® Decor™ Crème Waxes

  • Clear (ADM01)
  • Deep Brown (ADM07)

Americana® Decor™ Stencils

  • Olde World Numbers (ADS09)

Dazzling Metallics®

  • Luminous Gold (Glaze) (DGM02)

Other supplies

  • Water container
  • Paper towels
  • Stencil brush (Americana Stencil Brushes - DABK20)
  • Painter's tape
  • 2" flat brush
  • Waxing brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Paint tray
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Telephone table



  1. Use a damp paper towel to wipe down the surface of the telephone table. Allow to dry.
  2. Use a screwdriver to remove the door, door handle, drawer, and drawer pull from telephone table.

  3. Using a 2" flat brush, paint a coat of Remembrance on the table. Allow to dry. Repeat.
  4. Using a 2" flat brush, paint a coat of Relic on the front of the drawer and door. Allow to dry. Repeat.
  5. Dry-brush Everlasting across the surface of the table. (Don’t dry-brush door or drawer.) Allow to dry.

  6. Buff Luminous Gold over the surface of the table with a paper towel or soft cloth. (This gives the table a slightly-metallic finish.) Allow to dry.

  7. Attach number stencils as shown to the front of the door with painter's tape. Use a stencil brush to apply Yesteryear to the stencils. Remove the stencils. Allow to dry.

  8. Tape off the openings to apply the very tip of the Traditional Medallion corner stencil to the top front and left edge. Use a stencil brush to apply Yesteryear. Remove the stencil. Allow to dry.
  9. Use fine-grit sandpaper to sand the edges exposing the wood beneath.

  10. Paint a coat of Clear Crème Wax to seal the table. Allow to dry.
  11. Dry-brush a small amount of Deep Brown Crème Wax to create an antiqued finish. Allow to dry.



  • If you wish to give the surface a more antiqued finish, use a hammer or large chain to distress the surface before you begin adding paint.

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