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Side Table Design Challenge

Designer Challenge, a side table two different ways.



Two designers, a Home Décor sprayer, and a basic box store side table looking for its own unique personality. Let the spray down begin.


Cathe Holden's cigar box side table

Lifestyle maven of the Inspired Barn in Petalum, California, Cathe was inspired by the wood grain drawers of the side table stand and instantly thought of old cigar boxes. She began by spraying the base of the unit leather brown and then applied decoupaged cigar box details with mod podge and the Furno Heat Gun.

Cath Holden's Cigar Box Side Table


Tape off the drawers with painter's tape.

Cigar Box side table Step 1


Fill the Home Décor Sprayer with latex paint and spray exposed wood.

Cigar Box Side Table Step 2

Decoupage drawer fronts

Dip the cut cigar box printables in Mod Podge and apply them to the front of the drawers. Wipe over the decoupage with a damp sponge to remove any wrinkles.

Cigar Box Side Table Step 3

Dry decoupage

Use the FURNO Heat Gun to dry the decoupage. With the heat gun on a low setting, wave it over the design until dry.

Cigar Box Side Table Step 4

Cathe's finished design

Rich and dark with a sense of vintage is a great way to describe Cathe Holden's completed cigar box side table. The Wagner Home Decor Sprayer and Wagner FURNO Heat Gun made it all easy and doable.

Cigar Box Side Table After Photo

Debra Norton's emerald side table

Maker, blogger, and DIY columnist for the Toronto Star app Star Touch, Debra instantly thought of the trendy color emerald green with a shiny lacquer. She began by using painter's tape to mask some of the wood finish to create graphic contrast on the legs and then loaded the sprayer with high gloss latex paint. A paint sprayer is the perfect way to mimic a lacquer finish, as it never has brush marks.

For Debra, color inspiration leads the transformation. "I crave the freshness of green, especially during winter's darker days. The Home Décor sprayer makes it all possible."

Debra Nortons Emerald side table

Mask and spray wood

Mask the bottom 3-4 inches of each table leg with painter's tape. Fill the Home Décor sprayer with latex paint and spray all of the exposed wood.

Emerald Side Table Step 1

Remove tape

Allow paint to dry, then remove the painter's tape to expose the unpainted feet.

Emerald Side Table Step 2

Attach decorative brackets

Apply Gorilla glue to the back of the brass "L" brackets and place on the corners of the drawers.

Emerald Side Table Step 3

Debra's finished design

"It's like a burst of spring, brightening your space and lifting your spirits in the middle of winter."

Emerald Side Table After
Products Used


Latex paint

Painter's tape


Cigar box printables

Mod Podge

Piece of sponge

Brass "L" brackets

Gorilla Glue

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