Roadside Rescue Game Table

Hubby and I have officially started painting the outside of our house.

And let me tell ya, it’s a lot of work … lots of scraping and some boards need to be replaced.

Not to mention we have a lot of trim to paint in a few different colors.

But before all that got started, I gave a roadside rescue game table a makeover.

Refinished Table in Annie Sloan Chalk PaintHere she is … my trashy little table-turned-treasure sitting all pretty on my front porch.


The before version of my trash to treasure game tableHubby found this roadside rescue right across the street in our neighbor’s junk pile.

It’s too modern for my taste and I cringed when he dragged it home.

It might not look that bad from this angle …


Before a roadside rescue game table gets a makeover… but the top had seen better days. Cigarette burns and water rings had ruined the top.

I told hubby I didn’t want it, but it has a special something I’ll share with you in a minute.

So I ended up working a little magic on it.


Distressed furniture painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Old WhiteI turned to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, my go-to paint for all my furniture re-dos.

I brushed on a layer of Louis Blue, let it dry, and then followed with a coat of Old White.

I like to layer the colors because they’ll all come through when you start distressing.


Table refinished in Annie Sloan Chalk PaintI had planned to decoupage the front of the drawers with decorative scrap paper.

But as luck would have it, I didn’t have enough sheets of the paper I wanted to use.

So on to plan B because I didn’t feel like putting my make-up on and going to the store!


Script Stamping on Painted FurnitureI decided to stamp the drawer fronts with my script stamp from Hobby Lobby.

Then I distressed the entire piece with sandpaper so a little bit of blue and wood would show.

Finally, I sealed it with a light coating of clear wax that you simply rub on like waxing a car.


Game Table Painted in Annie Sloan Chalk PaintHere’s the reason why I decided to keep this roadside rescue.

The drawers aren’t really drawers … they’re games!


From Trash to Treasure Game TableAnd each game has all its pieces! They were stored in baggies inside the drawers.

Even though this trash-to-treasure game table had been sitting out by the road, the insides were in great shape! The games are the only reason why I kept this jewel.

The bottom drawer contains tic-tac-toe.


Trash to Treasure Game Table Painted in Annie Sloan Chalk PaintNow hubby and I can sit out on the porch and play games all summer like Ma and Pa Kettle.

Well, after we get the outside of the house painted!

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  1. Oh Jennifer I can kiss you! I was looking for away to add a paint color I just love. I went though heck to get it. This is one of those face planted to desk ” why didn’t I think of that moments”. The paint color was from a blogger in Barcelona Italy. She had the paint matched to a old cupboard she found and posted the color codes on her site. It took four stores to find someone to convert the color code and mix it for me. I have to say it was so worth the effort. It is a gorgeous sea glass blue/green color. Very much like the old Ball glass canning jars. I just did not want to paint a whole cabinet in that color in my white bathroom. Your cabinet it the perfect inspiration. Thank you!! I love seeing your post in my mail! Just one question. did you prime the cabinet first? I hope so. Because I already put one coat on mine.

  2. What a great find and I love what you did with it. Oh, we have some outside painting to do, too when it cools down some. I feel for ya.

  3. I HAVE to get one of those stamping kits – seriously –
    And I laughed my head off because I’m always referring to John and I as Ma and Pa Kettle ( even though the young un’s wouldn’t have a clue who they were LMHO )
    What a beautiful transformation – I’ve never seen a game table before – would love to have one actually
    Your porch looks amazing – love that yellow with the white furniture against it – just gorgeous !

  4. This is one of the interesting blogs I’ve ever read. I can’t get over the fact that someone would throw this away.

  5. I believe that your table is a Crate & Barrel Clipper Game table. I found one listed on Craigslist here in Los Angeles.

  6. Super cool table. I have never seen one like that. You did an awesome job re-furbishing it. You could also drop
    one of your pretty towels in the drawer and use it as a tray table for eating something simple on a summer’s
    night. Still love your blog!

  7. Ooh , aren’t you happy you saved the chest? What a great find. You gave it new life. Try to stay cool while painting outside. Hugs! B

  8. That piece is the cutest thing ever! My grandboys would love that, especially the youngest who loves board games. Rare these days, huh? Hooray for your hubby, and for rescued pieces given a new chance to shine.

  9. That really was a treasure of a find!!! We love games at our house. I wish I could find such a little gem! And I absolutely adore your reno. It is totally sweet!

  10. I bought one of those pretty cheap at a garage sale. I painted the drawers different colors and glued felt inside the drawers. Works great for all of our daughters’ jewelry.