Small Side Table Upcyled In Black and White Buffalo Check

Small Side Table Upcyled in Black and White Buffalo Check

Do you ever buy furniture at thrift stores or yard sales?  I don’t often, but when I found  a pair of these small side tables at a thrift store for $15 for the set, I couldn’t pass them up.

Clearly, the previous owners have kids because they had dried food all over them.

As a mom of four, no judgement here!

After cleaning really well, it was time to transform one of them.

Thrift Store Wood and Tile Side Table Upcyle Project

How to give a Small Side Table a Trendy Farmhouse Look

*Contains affiliate links to help you find the products I used.

After removing the tile top, my husband painted one of the bases black.

Paint Base

Thrift Store Wood and Tile Side Table Upcyle Project

The mottled appearance of the tile just wasn’t the look I wanted.

So out came the spray paint!

Whenever I need really great coverage, I always use Rustoleum Ultra Cover, this time in Canyon Black.

One or two coats always does the trick.

Saving large boxes for painting things on makes it easy to move around if I need to rotate it.

This is the same box that I painted my Kitchen Wood Riser on.

Paint Tile

Spray painting tile for side table insert

But I should have had my husband do the spray painting, because my hair sheds worse than a dog and two strands fell on the tile while I was painting.

Of course, I didn’t have any tweezers that I could remove them with before the paint dried, so I had to quickly use my finger.

Next, time to give it a buffalo check look!

Add Buffalo Checks

For that, I used the new Mini Buffalo Plaid Transfer with White Chalk Paste and the Large 4″ Squeegee.

Chalk Couture Mini Buffalo Plaid Self Adhesive Transfer available from Knick of Time /

When putting a transfer on surfaces like tile, glass, or metal, fuzzing many times is key.

Otherwise, it will stick like crazy.  I use the Fuzzing Cloth, but a terrycloth towel will also work.

Chalking buffalo check on painted ceramic tile

Seal to Protect

Since my small side table will see a lot of use, I used two light coats of Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze, letting the first coat dry before adding the next.

Buffalo plaid on painted ceramic tile

I will use this transfer over and over again.  I love the size of the checks.  I have another makeover in mind right now!

Chalk Couture Mini Buffalo Plaid transfer

Buffalo check looks great all year, but especially for fall and winter.

Small Side Table Upcyled In Black and White Buffalo Check by Knick of Time

DIY Accent Table Top In Black and White Buffalo Plaid by Knick of Time


Normally, I don’t have a shag rug on my porch.  But my living room is too dark to take photos in and this was the only rug I had that wasn’t huge.

Small Side Table Upcyled In Black and White Buffalo Plaid by Knick of Time

Accent Table Upcycle With Paint & Buffalo Plaid Chalk Couture Transfer by Knick of Time

I love to transform my garage sale and thrift shop finds into fun and inexpensive decor with paint and transfers!

Makeover that tired side table with paint and trendy buffalo check easily! Gorgeous all year but especially perfect for Autumn and Winter. See how at Knick of Time / #thriftstore #upcycle #farmhousestyle #buffaloplaid #trending #homedecor #furniture #accenttable #blackandwhite #plaid #paintedfurniture #Autumn #winter #Christmas #yardsale

Vaya con Dios,



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  1. LaVonda Popp says

    Oh my goodness! I adore what you did with those tables – and I have that small gingham check CC stencil just waiting for me to use it! I have a couple of small wood TV trays that are going to get “checked”! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Christine Roppel says

    Hi! You did a great job!
    I do have a question about the Krylon Triple Thick Glaze you used: One reviewer said” …even when dry the surface is tacky”.
    Did you find this to be true?

  3. Fun upcycle! Love the black and white checkered pattern.

  4. KitsyKeelSmith says

    My Dad has two of these tables and I can’ wait to get my hands on them and do what you did..I love the new look. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Sandra Shepherd says

    Hi Angie, I want to place my order when the new stencils will be out. Some one on facebook said about the middle of the month. I will keep looking for them. Just wanted you to know. Weather here has bee good but I am looking forward to fall colors on the trees.

  6. Sandy McElroy says

    Love what you did with the black and white table. Black is my favorite accent color.

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