Before and After: 3-Tier Turntable

Here’s a fun and easy little before and after project! I picked up this vintage 3-tier table at my next-door neighbor’s garage sale on Saturday for $15.I removed the legs, but kept the funky brass claw feet pieces for another project down the road.
I spray painted it with black semi-gloss paint. (Please disregard dandelions and lack of landscaping in the background.) Then I scuffed the edges a bit to give a distressed look.Added an $11 lazy-susan mechanism.And I now have a super cool 3-tier turn table.I can use it in my kitchen, or pretty much anywhere, but for now it will hold some of my crafty this and thats in my studio.

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  1. #1 - cakegirl says:

    I did the same thing with a 2 tier table. Did not put a turning devise on the bottom, instead put small ball feet. I use mine for the holidays. Right now it is full of gourds and bittersweet. It was such an easy project and I am crazy about the results

  2. #2 - FILIGREE MOON says:

    Fantastic! You've served up a delightful feast for the eyes on your lovely new turntable. Love your photo, looks like the gentlemen "sitting" on the shelf next to your turntable are impressed and talking about it :} ~ Angela

  3. #3 - Lissie says:

    How clever! You are so smart! Beautyful!

  4. #4 - DeeDee says:

    .very cool..great idea also..

  5. #5 - Francie Horton says:

    Awesome! I love it. A very updated look and extremely useful now. I like that with the lazy susan things in that back are accessible now.

  6. #6 - Katie Bug says:

    This looks like something I could actually do! I will have to be on the lookout for a tiered table!

  7. #7 - kimberje says:

    Very very clever. Thank you for such wonderful ideas!

  8. #8 - Paul Overton says:

    Cathe – Nice. I need one of those for all my pencils, pens, supplies. Spinny things are good! Nice job.

  9. #9 - Hyla says:

    Kick ass! Love it!

  10. #10 - Jen says:

    AAHHHH!! I LOVE this Cathe! I think my parents even have a table like this in their garage that has a broken leg and is just calling out to me… 🙂 You are so inspiring!

  11. #11 - Maranda @ {Evoked} says:

    Really really like this post. Such a creative and functional idea! Thanks for sharing =)))

  12. #12 - Amanda Nicole says:

    It turned out wonderfully! Love how you're using it, too 🙂

  13. #13 - *The Beautiful Life* says:

    Again, I stand amazed. How DO you have the time??? 🙂

    Can I hire you??



  14. #14 - Crazy Squirrel Lady says:

    This is BEYOND awesome!!! I am soooo going to have to make something like this.Unless of course you would like to let me have this one 😉

  15. #15 - futuregirl says:

    Brilliant! I love how it looks nestled in the corner and covered in crafty goodies.

  16. #16 - Kristin says:

    This is such a great idea. Your table looks great. I saw one of these by a dumpster one day on my way to a meeting. I was going to pick it up on my way home but of course it was gone. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for another.

  17. #17 - PattiM says:

    This is when I wished I had a bigger scrapspace. Awesome idea. Love that it spins…Wished I would have kept my Great Aunts table now.


    (Pattie's passion)

    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

  18. #18 - the undomesticated wife says:

    That's so clever! Did you show your neighbor the "after" result? Did your neighbor kick herself for not thinking of that idea first? :b

  19. #20 - Jackie says:

    So cleverly cute!

  20. #21 - Sherrie says:

    What a great project! I love the finish that you used.

    Can't wait to see what you do with the table feet :0)

  21. #22 - Min tråd says:

    absolutely lovely! Cool!

  22. #23 - Beverly says:


  23. #24 - Jana Eubank says:

    Oooooo! LOVE this idea! Gotta find me one, now! 😉

  24. #25 - Aurora says:

    Oh, I LOVE it! What a great idea! Now I'm on the hunt for my very own! 🙂

  25. #26 - Jill says:

    I do love tiered stands. I am trying to make one out of cups–still in the making! You, as always, did a fantastic job.

  26. #27 - Peglett says:

    That idea is brilliant! I can see it filled with Christmas goodies in a few months. I'll have to keep my eye out for one of those tables! Thanks!

  27. #28 - melissa deakin says:

    what a fabulous find and amazing transformation.
    you are so talented!
    this is awesome!

  28. #29 - jennifer says:

    That was a really good idea! It turned out great.

  29. #30 - Elise says:

    So THAT's what you do with one of those things! Hee Hee THAT is a terrific solution: beautiful!

  30. #31 - Chic Mama says:

    There is an award for you at mine. I just love your blog! :0)

  31. #32 - Kitty says:

    sweet! i love how quickly you turned around your project! it would have been in my to do pile for at least 6 months!

  32. #33 - Rose Garden Romantic says:

    I love it!!

  33. #34 - Evermore Organics says:

    Oh love this! It was neat looking before, but you made it much more useful.

  34. #35 - Pattie Cordova says:

    loving the distressed look. Maravilloso!

  35. #36 - Angie says:


  36. #37 - Room to Inspire says:

    Oh I LOVE it, I want one!


  37. #38 - Lynnae says:

    Wow. That is a great idea.

  38. #39 - decorator to the stars says:


  39. #40 - bonFlourish says:

    Uggggggggggggggggggggggggggggh!!! You need to shop with me!! I passed up a 2 tier JUST like this at the thrift store last week! After staring at it for 10 minutes hoping the Inspiration Genie would come, I passed it by. I hope it's still there!!

  40. #41 - Christine says:

    What a great idea! I will have to remember that next time I see a 3-tier table. : D

  41. #42 - flyingbeader says:

    OH NO…now you are making me need to go out thrift store shopping to find a table. Great idea.

  42. #43 - Peanut-Butter Kitty says:

    Clever, clever, clever!

  43. #44 - Catherine says:

    I'm hoping I run into a little gem like this in the near future, LOVE it. THANKS for sharing.

  44. #45 - BellaColle' says:

    wow! turned out wonderful! awesome storage for the studio..

  45. #46 - Rook No. 17 says:

    Amazing transformation! What a great idea! I love it! I'll be keeping my eyes out for one of those old tiered tables for sure now! Thanks for the inspiration!

  46. #47 - Wonderfully Made Designs says:

    I love it!! Now I will be scouring everywhere I go for a table.

  47. #48 - Karen- The Graphics Fairy says:

    Such a smart idea!! I get these alot, but I never thought about doing this with it. I will next time!

  48. #49 - Atelier de Charo says:

    Fantastic idea!!!

  49. #50 - marzi says:

    this is just genius! i've seen those tables but often wondered what i would do with it. now that i know i'm sure i'll never find one again! 😉 thanks for sharing!

  50. #51 - Annie (no fuss fabulous) says:


  51. #52 - BlueCastle says:

    That's beautiful! I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for one of these.

  52. #53 - sandy mcclay says:

    WOW!!!! I love this! I will be on the lookout in my neighborhood! Thanks for the photos! This would be great to hold things in my vraft room on my desk! I have a big desk! 🙂

  53. #54 - Magpie Magic says:

    What a lovely idea and it looks great. 🙂

  54. #55 - My name is PJ. says:

    Now this I can do!!! Of course, first I have to find one of those tables….and I'm not as sure I can do that piece of it! 😉

  55. #56 - .:Carola }i{:. says:

    Awww, I just love coming in here!
    Cathe keep feeding my mind with beautiful ideas please? (^⩌~)❤

  56. #57 - Jeanne says:

    This is a fabulous idea! I never would have thought to cut off the table legs. I'm going to be on the lookout for one of these tables. Thanks for sharing.

  57. #58 - The Feathered Nest says:

    Oh Cathe, I just LOVE this…I could so use one in the studio…you're such a sweet, sharing girl! xxoo, Dawn

  58. #59 - RosyRevolver says:

    Hey Cathe, HGTV is looking for applications for the next season of Design Star . . . I'm just saying!!

    LOVE THIS!!!

  59. #60 - Claire says:

    What a great idea! Love it.

  60. #61 - Stacey Halphen says:

    What a great garage sale find! I love that you made a lazy susan out of it. Oh, how I could use this piece for some great entertaining!!! I just might have to go on a garage sale hunt this weekend.

  61. #62 - Dallas Designing-Diva says:

    That is absolutely brilliant. I'm going to copy ( I hear it's the highest form of flattery!!!) your idea & use mine to display my jewelry at an upcoming show. Did you pick up your lazy susan thingy (like my technical term) at a home improvement store??
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  62. #63 - Susie Jefferson says:

    I am seriously in love with this one! I never would have thought of using a Lazy Susan underneath as the turning mechanism. Duh duh duh. This is one of those "wish I'd thought of that" occasions. Well done!

  63. #64 - Azra Momin says:


  64. #65 - Linda says:

    What a wonderful idea…just what I need for my craftroom! Now…for the hunt!

  65. #66 - plo says:

    Fantastic! I had that same dang table, and gave it to my Mom! May have to steal it back! Ha!

  66. #67 - Mod Podge Amy says:

    Cathe. Brilliant. Per usual.

  67. #68 - Myrna says:

    Now I'm regretting the one I sold!
    :-/ Ah, well.
    Beautiful job. I want to come play in your studio with you..
    How was jury duty?

  68. #69 - Becca says:

    I just discovered your blog and just wanted to tell you how fantastic it is. I have been bored with the blogs I've been reading lately. Yours is just a goldmine! You give so many awesome ideas and so many freebies. That is so awesome and generous. I'm definitely hooked now! I think I could spend a day reading your archives. Your creativity rocks! Thank you, thank you!

  69. #70 - My Journey to Hope says:

    I have been looking for one of these, and the turntable gives it the extra bit needed for sure. Thanks for the inspiration!

    🙂 Michelle

  70. #71 - Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage says:

    Wow that is an awesome idea !! I need to look for a table like that ~ I love it !!
    Thank you for the wonderful idea ~

  71. #72 - jen @ new uses for old clothes says:

    if i was your neighbor, i'd be kicking myself right about now. i love your 3 tier turntable. looks like it would fetch *way* more than $15 now. 😉

  72. #73 - paperhill says:

    that is fantastic! so clever, my first thought was for entertaining but i love the idea of it in your studio!

  73. #74 - Christine Edwards says:

    That is flippin' brilliant! I need to find one of those table for me!

  74. #75 - Room to Inspire says:

    I was just presented the Honest Scrap award – I am not sure if you have received it yet – but I am passing it along to you! I have linked your blog to my post today. Your blog is so great 🙂


  75. #76 - brooklynechaos says:

    That looks amazing! It would look great covered in cupcakes for a party. Good job!

  76. #77 - kat says:

    that's the perfect thing for a tea party!

  77. #78 - Lola M. says:

    What a great inventive project, love it, and those feet are way too cool not to use for something down the road:)

  78. #79 - michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    great idea!

  79. #80 - Erica says:

    I Love it! Now I want one! Love the black paint, too.

  80. #81 - Susan says:

    I am so going on a tiered table hunt now! I want one of these to show off the desserts/cupcakes at my wedding anniversary party!

  81. #82 - Emma says:

    Ohhh i just adore it! clever you! im now on the hunt for something just like it!

    Thank you,


  82. #83 - Unique2wh0 says:

    SWEET I am so gonna watch the thrift stores for one of these I love it!!

  83. #84 - Tammy says:

    So clever. Would also make a wonderful dessert display or for tea time finger sandwiches, etc. I just read through a bunch of your posts. Great fun here. I am now a follower so I don't miss anything. lol. So glad I found you.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  84. #85 - a little bit biased says:

    That is so cool! Very inventive and I love what you put on it for display. Great job!

  85. #86 - Kami says:

    brilliant! So extra cool to make a lazy susan of it…

  86. #87 - Lorraine @ creativedaily says:

    This is a fabulous idea. I'll be on the lookout for one of these tables now. Thanks for sharing.

  87. #88 - Valérie says:


  88. #89 - 1001 Acessórios says:

    Parabens pelo excelente trabalho. Também nós gostamos de recuperar peças antigas.

    Bom fim de semana
    Loy da 1001

  89. #90 - Lori O says:

    You are so clever! I would have EVER thought of doing that — love you my friend!

  90. #91 - Mariangeles M says:

    Wow!! It looks great!!

  91. #92 - lisalyn says:

    I LOVE this!!

  92. #93 - ~~Deby says:

    oh my…oh my…I LOVE…love this…
    first time at your blog and having a GREAT time visiting..

  93. #94 - ~~Deby says:

    I am featuring on my blog today with a link to this post.

  94. #95 - Anonymous says:

    I just LOVE this. So, this morning, I picked one up at a yard sale to copycat your wonderful idea. May I ask what you are going to do with the feet? I'm having palpitations on cutting them off…
    Thank you so much!!

  95. #96 - Cathe Holden says:

    Hi Karen, The feet broke when they hit the ground after sawing. I didn't particularly like their style anyway, so no real love loss. What will you do with yours?

  96. #97 - Anonymous says:

    Ha Ha HA! I am a great copier, (I do add my own flair sometimes) but first I need the inspiration from someone else!!!! I also just bought a bunch of used cake tins to copy the Pottery Barn 3-tiered galvanized tray. I guess I have a thing for 3-tiered stands, or something. :0) I'm also working on a witch's armoire or cabinet housing witch mementos from her days at Witch school. What fun! But, I have NO idea what to do with the feet on this table. The only thing that comes to me is a base for a cloche stand.
    I enjoy reading your blog tremendously.
    Thanks for all of the great ideas.

  97. #98 - fm DesigN says:

    VERY NICE BLOG… I´m a follower now 🙂

  98. #99 - Lindsey says:

    Amazing! Your creativity inspires me.

    { Lindsey }

  99. #100 - Jackie Smith says:

    Cathe, I just love all of your great ideas – you are so creative!

  100. #101 - Pamela Everett Road says:

    Do you just wake up and say, Self, today I’m going to do something brillant love it, gorgeous, love how you can see something else in what others consider junk I’m catching up w/ your blog

  101. #102 - Felicia says:

    Love it!! My heart did skip a beat when you cut it. These tables are worth hundreds of $$$.

  102. #103 - Catherine M. says:

    I have a dear friend of 28 years. I show her an up-cycle idea and she tweeks it. We go back and forth until the ideas run out. We make a great team when it comes to yard art and anything we can think of. You have great ideas thanks so much for sharing.

  103. #104 - THERESA says:

    i saw this idea long ago in a magazine- and recently got a deal on an antique 3 tier just like this- plan to use it for holiday buffets- like the black distressed finish!

  104. #105 - Angie says:

    I truly love this idea. I am in dire need of a mega-lazy susan (craft tables) and I’m officially in love. 🙂

  105. #106 - The Mountain Treasure Chest says:

    I love, love, LOVE this idea. It will be perfect to display!

  106. #107 - Penni Edwards says:

    Found you on pinterest and will become a follower. I really love this 3 tier turn table ! I can imagine this in so many different colors. i would never get it done trying to decide what color or colors to choose ! LOL Or even crackled. Anyway, I love it

  107. #108 - Ruth says:

    I am lucky to have found your site. The first thing I looked at was the paper tape and was so impressed that I had to have a further look. The little black carousel table is awesome as is lots of other things. I have added you to my favourites list so that I can come back and have more looks. love it. Ruth

  108. #109 - Victoria says:

    Love That idie. i need to fine a table like that.

  109. #110 - Edith says:

    Awesome idea! I will so use this come garage sale season…. thanks for this great idea!!!

  110. #111 - Katie Kerwin says:

    What a great idea! I love the idea of a graduated-tier lazy susan. I have a few of the standard kitchen-department kind & I can’t get to anything that isn’t in the outside row. This is wonderful because I love estate sales and this is the kind of thing I could find at one and because it’s a DIY that I can do myself.

  111. #112 - MaryLynn Siebenschuh says:

    I love this make over project. I love it when people think outside of the box. I have to hide my rummage sale or thirft shop purchases from my husband until I have completed the make over or re-purpose project because he can not see the potential as I do. We have been married for nearly 30 years and I still amaze him. Now that I have found your blog (by accident) I may need to find new hiding places and a bigger workshop. Thank you so much for sharing.

  112. #113 - Laura Strack says:

    Hello Cathe, I was just out and about in Blog land and landed on your gorgeous page. Goodness, I have seen many tiered stands but this is by far the most fab and your post is from 5 years ago!! Why haven’t I found your site before now? Lol. Just glad I know now where so many of the wonderful crafty ideas have come from 😉

  113. #114 - Arline says:

    Your neighbor must be kicking him/herself!