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Hello, Yellow…

At Sally Ann’s the other day, this poor little telephone table caught my eye. It’s shiny cherry finish and bad upholstery screamed makeover.

I like a challenge. First thing I did was glue the wobbly parts with Gorilla Glue and let it sit for a couple of hours.

Next I removed the horrendous faux tapestry seat cover that looked like it came straight from Aunt Myrtle’s attic.

I recovered it in a pretty, cheerful stripe that you’ll see in just a minute.

Then I removed the un-matching hide-odeous knob.

Once it was down to the bare bones, I primed it with two coats of Rustoleum 2x primer.

When formulating my plan for this sad sack, I thought white just to brighten it up. But then I looked outside where everything is blanketed in white.  I’m tired of white. I wanted something cheery and sunny and happy.

Hello, Yellow…

I knew that I wouldn’t need much paint at all so my first thought was a Martha Stewart sample pot. Then I remembered seeing this luscious shade of yellow last time I was at HD. It’s called Cornbread.

I made the mistake of choosing my fabric before my paint. But wouldn’t you know, it is an exact match.

Wanna see???


The whole enchilada?

Whatta ya think?

I think I love it. And I think I wanna paint every piece of furniture this happy shade of yellow now.

Wouldn’t this be fab in a small entry to sit and take your shoes off and put your keys in the little drawer? Pretty & Practical!

FYI, the beautiful butterfly knob came from the Michaels dollar bins. They come in several colors. Run. Don’t Walk! 😉

One more look at the before & after:

Since I don’t have a place for this in my house, it is for sale.  If you are one of my local readers and are interested, just shoot me an e-mail.

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49 Comments Post a comment
  1. yes please, yellow! love love it! it is such a perfect and happy and warm yellow!

    January 14, 2011
  2. Drool. So pretty!!

    January 14, 2011
  3. Well, I do not know whether to laugh or cry!You are truly amazing! I don’t know where you find the time?? Your projects are great and your finds, I envy! My garage is full of projects and do you think I can see one to completion? NO! I shake my head and bow down to you. Thank you so much for sharing! I WILL FIND THE TIME! And thanks for the daily smile! 🙂

    January 14, 2011
    • Carrie, you are so sweet. I should send you a photo of my garage and you will feel sooooo much better! For every completed project you see, there are 50 more unfinished! Have a nice weekend!

      January 14, 2011
  4. She looks fabulous in yellow. No longer a neglected granny.

    January 14, 2011
  5. Patricia St-Jean #


    This is such a great piece for an elderly person who needs to sit down to put shoes or boots on. These days people no longer sit at a telephone table. You found a great use for this piece. More importantly is looks magnificient!

    Happy New Year! Patricia

    January 14, 2011
  6. I love this! Wish i lived close I think I might just have to have me some sunshine!

    January 14, 2011
  7. LOVE the yellow & the butterfly drawer pull! I just called Michaels and they have them so I’m out the door!

    January 14, 2011
  8. The butterfly knob made me squeal with delight 🙂

    January 14, 2011
  9. Love it! much much better. LOL…….aunt myrtle’s attic! 🙂

    January 14, 2011
  10. Linda #

    So sweet!! How do I contact you about the cost and availability?? Can’t seem to find your email addy!

    January 14, 2011
  11. What an awesome transformation. Love the yellow!

    January 14, 2011
  12. It turned out so great! I would love to have telephone table and a great vintage telephone to sit upon it!

    January 14, 2011
  13. I love the yellow! One of my favorite colors!

    January 15, 2011
  14. Wow, yellow was the perfect choice. It looks cheery and fun. I love, love, love the butterfly knob. I don’t think I’ve seen them but I know I’m going to be looking for them the next time I’m in Michael’s. I think I might have to make a trip there tomorrow!

    January 15, 2011
  15. good job! I love the pale yellow you chose! it came out wonderful:)

    January 15, 2011
  16. good job! i love the pale yellow you chose! it looks wonderful:)

    January 15, 2011
  17. Melinda Burke #

    Great Job! It’s very Happy!

    January 15, 2011
  18. Mel #

    Adorable! A really nice yellow, unlike the yellow I painted my mirror in…I’ve lived with it for a while and I really don’t like it. Cornbread seems much nicer.

    I’m going to Home Sense tomorrow in Ancaster; a couple of friends that own a staging business are having a question and answer session. Then heading to Ottawa St in Hamilton to look for some fabrics! I’m so excited.

    January 15, 2011
    • Oohhhhh, have fun Mel !!! I scored some cheap fabrics at one of the stores on Ottawa St. Can’t remember the name though. It was sort of a hole-in-the-wall kinda place. That q & a session sounds cool! Have a great weekend.

      January 15, 2011
  19. Sharon #

    Love the yellow – what brand is the Cornbread?

    January 15, 2011
  20. Ooo! I LOVE this! Telephone tables are so cute anyway, but that yellow and that knob are amazing. So beautiful!

    January 15, 2011
  21. That is a fantastic shade of yellow. Our guest bathroom was a similar shade of yellow a few years ago, and although a piece like that isn’t ordinarily found in a bathroom, it would have suited my space perfectly! Love it!

    January 15, 2011
  22. That looks fabulous! Love that you chose yellow to paint it! Also, thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment on my craft room. I feel SO MUCH better now that it is reorganized.

    January 15, 2011
  23. I’m in love with this! The butterfly is just to die for! The yellow is perfect!

    January 15, 2011
  24. That’s just pure awesomeness. I came across your blog while blog hopping the other day, maybe via Little Brown House, not sure. But I am obsessed and can’t stop going through all of your posts.

    This makeover is so clean and cheery! Great job!!!!!!

    It’s a wonder what some paint and a new knob will do!


    January 15, 2011
  25. Good job, looks great!

    January 15, 2011
  26. This is lovely, great colour!

    January 15, 2011
  27. Oh wow! It looks so pretty and I love your drawer pull!!! So pretty! I would love for you to link up to my Sew Crafty Saturday party & be sure to check out the two giveaways I have going on! One is an Adventure Date & the other is a $60 gift card to Cowgirl Heaven!

    January 15, 2011
  28. Swoon! I love the yellow! So bright and cheery!

    January 15, 2011
  29. I Play Outside The Box #

    Beautiful to begin with…AWESOME after the makeover!!!

    January 15, 2011
  30. That is absolutely gorgeous! And you answered my question–I wanted to know where fabulous knob came from! I’m so amazed at the talent I am finding out here in blogland! 🙂

    January 16, 2011
  31. That table is adorable! I love the yellow! 🙂

    January 16, 2011
  32. Wow, wow, and wow.

    I LOVE the yellow. And the fabric. And that knob is precious.

    Lovely job. 🙂

    January 17, 2011
  33. Thanks for linking up! I went to micheal’s sunday with my daughter and almost had to tie my hand’s not to buy all of these! but we are about to redo her room and I have no plan yet so here’s hoping they will still have them!

    January 18, 2011
  34. Gorgeous transformation! I love it. Yellow is really tempting me this year. It is divine against your gray walls!

    January 20, 2011
  35. sooo cheery! I’m not usually a fan of yellow, but I love it!
    featuring this on the blog tonight.

    January 20, 2011
  36. jess #

    Just wanted to let you know I featured this today on FTF! Thanks so much for linking and grab a featured button if you would like! Thanks!

    January 20, 2011
  37. Love, love this! What a fun and sunny little spot to sit.

    January 21, 2011
  38. I absolutely ADORE this table. Now I’m scouring the online used ads for one!!
    Beautiful job.
    And the yellow! so gorgeous!

    January 21, 2011
  39. Love the butterfly knob!! -shaunna 🙂

    January 22, 2011
  40. oh how i wish i lived in canada!!! or still in my home state of ND…i WANT this telephone table! *sigh*

    your work is inspiring me. i just bought myself 2 tables from the 60s/70s. you know those 2 tier’ed end tables? they are in great shape and just patiently waiting for my gorilla glue to fix their wobble and some fabulous paint. i just cant decide on a color.

    January 23, 2011
  41. Lexie Robinson Austin #

    Okay, so first of all, I love your blog. Like, love love love your blog. And I had just read this post when I saw a “gossip bench” posted on Craigslist. When I saw what you had done with your phone bench, I decided to take the plunge and purchase it. It was such a fun project and it turned out really nice (Pictures at:

    Thank you for making me brave enough to try a phone bench makeover!

    February 20, 2011
    • Lexie, that turned out fabulous! I love the colors! I haven’t seen that exact style before…great find! Thanks for sharing with me. Keep up the great work. 🙂

      February 20, 2011

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