Side Table Makeover – Silk Serenity & Gold Accents

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Are you looking for inspiration to revitalize an old, outdated piece of furniture and turn it into a chic, elegant addition to your home décor? In this side table makeover post, I’ll share how I transformed a once plain and outdated table into a chic and elegant statement piece, using Silk paint and a couple of simple gold design accents.

And if you are new to painting furniture and would like to learn more about getting started with Silk Paint and other Dixie Belle products, check out this guide at: How To Use Dixie Belle Paint.

Side Table Makeover

I’ll share the process of turning a plain side table into a stunning piece using Dixie Belle Silk Paint and Redesign With Prima Décor products. This project is perfect for anyone looking to revamp their furniture and elevate their home décor. And, this project is suitable no matter your experience with furniture makeovers.

Before we begin with this makeover, here are a few other makeovers where I used gold accenting:

We’ll go step-by-step in this easy-to-follow guide post. With a touch of creativity, you’ll be able to transform your plain furniture into a chic statement piece that adds sophistication to any room. So, let’s get started and discover how you can achieve a stunning makeover with these products!

First, let’s talk about the materials used. I chose Dixie Belle Silk Paint in Serenity, a beautiful blue-green color that adds a calming touch to any makeover. And I also used Redesign With Prima Kacha Imitation Gold Leaf to add a touch of luxury to the piece. Finally, I added moldings created with the Engraved Medallions Redesign With Prima Décor Mould to create an extra touch of gold adornment.

Products Used In This Makeover

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Here is the Supply List:

For a full list of my recommended supplies for any makeover check out this post, Furniture Painting Supplies. I usually buy my supplies from my local retailer. If I can’t find them there, I’ll order from Etsy or Amazon.

Safety Measures With Any Makeover

Before we begin let me recommend that you follow all personal protective measures when using any paint or chemical products. Gloves, respirator, good ventilation, and some protective eyewear are crucial to keeping yourself safe.

While Silk Paint is low VOC and non-toxic, some of these other products require protective measures. Such as spray paint. I only use outdoors and still wear a mask and protective eyewear. Always read package labeling also to abide by any manufacturer recommendations for safety.

The Side Table Makeover Process: Step By Step

Now, onto the transformation process! First, we prepped the side table by cleaning it thoroughly and sanding it lightly. To clean this side table I used Dixie Belle White Lightening and water, then rinsed with clean water.

Cleaning and Sanding

White Lightening by Dixie Belle is one of the furniture painting supplies I keep on hand. If you’d like to check out my recent post, I list out some of my most used furniture painting supplies.

Next up, this side table got a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. This light sanding is called “scuff sand”, basically meaning that you are just roughing up the surface a little to allow the paint to adhere better.

Plain brown side table with three drawers

Painting the Side Table For This Makeover

Then, I applied two coats of Dixie Belle Silk Paint in Serenity, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next. The Silk paint went on smoothly and provided excellent coverage.

Silk Paint is quickly becoming one of my favorite paint products. It goes on so smooth, well much like silk.

It does have an eggshell finish rather than satin, but if you like a bit more sheen you can add a topcoat. This paint covers beautifully and two coats are sufficient for most makeovers.

If you’d like to learn more about Silk check out my review post on Dixie Belle Silk Paint.

This was my first time using this Serenity color and it is just dreamy, like a peaceful, serene beachy color.

To apply Silk I used Dixie Belle Synthetic brushes in Flat Medium, Flat Small, and also the Mini Angle brush, all some of my top brush choices.

The painted table for this side table makeover with Silk Serenity

Adding Gold Accents With Gold Leaf

Next, I added the gold accents using Redesign With Prima Kacha Imitation Gold Leaf. First apply a thin layer of gold leaf adhesive to the areas where you want the gold leaf to stick. Then carefully lay down the gold leaf, pressing it down gently.

I used the Gilding Glue also by Redesign to apply the gold leaf. Once you stick the gold leaf on, pat it down well and then let it dry. Come back once dry and gently brush away any excess, or unstuck, gold leaf with a stiff but gentle paintbrush. I use a cheap synthetic brush for this.

Be prepared, gold leaf is messy! You’ll have little pieces of gold leaf everywhere! I keep my shop vac handy to help clean up the mess. It’s like a gold leaf confetti party!

And don’t forget that gold leaf does have to be sealed. You can use wax or a topcoat. I used Wise Owl Varnish in Satin to seal the gold leaf. Just one coat of topcoat is sufficient.

The gold leaf added a beautiful, elegant shine to the side table makeover. And, oh how I love a bit of gold accents you know?!!

If you’d like to see more ways to transform furniture with gold, go to this post: painted furniture with gold accents.

Next Up, Adding the Décor Moldings

Finally, I used the Redesign With Prima Decor Mould in Engraved Medallions and Enlighted Etchings to create these beautiful embellishments. Use these moulds, available in so many designs, to create raised, decorative elements that added depth and three-dimensional design details to your painted furniture makeovers.

There are several materials you can use to create the moldings but I use the Alumilite Amazing Casting Resin. Once the resin pieces are done, usually about 15 minutes you can de-mold and then paint the elements.

I first apply Zinsser Bullseye 123 Spray Primer and let it dry. Then paint however you choose. Son, next I spray painted with Rustoleum Bright Metallic Spray Paint in Gold. I love this beautiful shiny gold and it totally matches the Gold Leaf.

Lastly, once the spray paint is dry, you are ready to attach your design elements. You can use a good glue adhesive and tape them in place until the glue dries. I use the E6000 craft adhesive product to adhere these moldings simply because I want to make sure they stick well.

If you use E6000 know that it is stinky and the fumes are harmful so best used in ventilation and to avoid getting onto the skin or into the eyes. Be sure to tape the moldings in place for 24 hours to ensure the glue is dry and they are well-adhered before removing the tape.

Side Table Makeover with the drawers with the molds that are taped in place until the glue dries

Summary: Side Table Makeover With Silk Paint and Gold Accents

The result was a stunning side table that looked like it belonged in a high-end home décor store! The combination of the calming Silk Serenity paint color, the luxurious gold leaf accents, and the unique decorative moldings created using the Kacha Décor Moulds made for a truly one-of-a-kind piece.

I hope you found this side table makeover inspiring!

If you’re looking to transform a piece of furniture in your home, I highly recommend trying out Dixie Belle Silk Paint and Redesign With Prima products.

With a little bit of creativity and these high-quality materials, you can create a beautiful, personalized piece. And I’ll also add that most of these products are just fine for beginners also! So, don’t be afraid to get started.


  1. turned out so pretty. so is this color similar to Sea Glass in the chalk mineral? did you make the handles too? great makeover

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      Thank you so much for your kind comment. So, I pulled out a jar of Sea Glass Paint by Dixie Belle and held it next to the jar of Silk Paint in Serenity. And, I’ll say that the sea glass is definitely a true light green beachy color. The Serenity is more of a blue-gray-green. Like a calm blue green. I probably shouldn’t have said “Sea Glass” in the subject line! I didn’t even think of that Sea Glass paint color when I wrote that so thank you for reminding me to compare those items!
      I also forgot to mention that the hardware is from Amazon. It comes in an ivory white and I spray primed it and then sprayed with that bright gold, the one I used on the moldings.
      I hope that helps! And thanks again for reading my blog post! It means so much!

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