Mid Century Modern Makeover on a Wooden Lazy Susan

Mid Century Modern Makeover on a Wooden Lazy Susan

Every now and again, I prefer doing a “refinish” than a “repurpose” on something that needs some TLUC (Tender Loving Upcycling Care). And so was the case with this wooden lazy Susan …badly stained with water rings, it was begging for a makeover. So, I decided to turn into vintage decor with mid century modern style.

Tabletop lazy susan or wooden lazy susan at thrift store to be refurbished into vintage home decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

As you can see from the underside, it was still in decent shape. And the rusty flat-head screws that connected the spinning hardware to the base told me it was, in fact, an older (i.e., better) piece. I decided that the wood grain could be saved and showcased, and gathered up my DIY supplies. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Wooden lazy susan or tabletop lazy susan to be upcycled into mid century modern decor with faux metal inlay by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Refinishing a Wooden Lazy Susan into Vintage Home Decor

The first step was to remove the original (and damaged) finish. I hate the idea of chemical stripping and much prefer to sand it all off. I attached an 80-grit disk to my orbital sander and got to work.

Using an orbital sander on wooden lazy susan to remove finish and resurface the top by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

As you can see, sanding made a HUGE difference on the wooden lazy Susan and revealed clean pale wood underneath.

Refinishing a tabletop lazy susan into mid century modern decor or vintage home decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

In the end, I sanded down the entire top surface, side lip, and underside. I stopped short of actually sanding the rotating base because I honestly couldn’t imagine anyone ever seeing it! It was also difficult to grasp which made it a safety concern for me.

Transforming a wooden lazy susan into vintage decor with mid century modern style by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Once the old finish was completely removed, I quickly went over the wooden Susan again with a 120-grit sanding disk to make it smoother before using wood stain.

Now- who here remembers my library card catalog “makeunder” project? Here’s a refresher if you don’t – it sure didn’t look like this before, did it?:

How to make a library card catalog from thrift store furniture into vintage farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I only bring that project up because it’s another refinishing project for those of you that need a break from “paint all the things”. Plus, I used the same wood stain from that project on my wooden lazy Susan.

Minwax wood stain in Honey on wooden lazy susan to become vintage home decor with metal inlay by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Finishing a Wooden Lazy Susan with Vinyl Stencils

As I had hoped, the wood stain gave the tabletop lazy Susan a rich, deep color that was more brown than red and allowed the wood grain variations to shine through.

Wooden lazy susan sanded and wood stained to become vintage decor with mid century modern style by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

NOW I could add the finishing touch – giving it a mid century modern makeover using a stencil. You’re probably looking at that stencil and thinking “what the heck, Sadie?”, aren’t you? 

Using vinyl stencils to create faux metal inlay on wooden lazy susan for vintage home decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Because I’m ONLY using the outermost rings of the stencil. Why?

To create a faux metal inlay on my wooden lazy Susan! Using gold craft paint, I only stenciled over the rings to give it a real mid century modern look. I don’t have the skills (or patience) for a real metal inlay, so a stenciled version will have to do! 

Mid century modern design on a wooden lazy susan for vintage home decor with stenciling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to see the final reveal?

Wooden Lazy Susan as Vintage Home Decor (Mid Mod Style)

My idea worked! I never know how my ideas will pan out but I’m so pleased with the result. Between the rich wood stain and the faux metal inlay, it has a real mid century modern feel to it.

How to refinish a tabletop lazy susan into vintage home decor with mid century modern style by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Of course, I don’t have too much “midmod” decor in my home, but vintage home decor can be eclectic with multiple styles working together (in my opinion). Plus, mid modern century decor plays a key role in Boho decor, which y’all know I’m dipping my toes into right now

Using stencil for metal inlay to create mid century modern style on tabletop lazy susan by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Yeesh…ignore the fact that my styling turned the wooden lazy Susan into the Pringles Man. I didn’t realize that at the time, haha!


Also, guess what day it is? It’s Thrift Store Decor Team day! That means that the best upcycling bloggers around have all created new projects to share. Click on the links beneath this collage to be magically transported to their posts.

Thrift Store Decor team upcycling ideas from the thrift store March 2019 as seen on Sadie Seasongoods

1. Rustic Pottery Barn Mirror Makeover

2. Painting Old Books

3. Mid Century Modern Makeover on a Lazy Susan

4. Repurposing a Typewriter

5. DIY Striped Serving Tray

6. Vintage Train Case Makeover

7. Wine Barrel Makeover

8. Pedestal Bowl Makeover


I hope you enjoyed this refinishing project as a nice change of pace from painting. I enjoy trying out different methods to revive thrift store finds and I REALLY love how this piece “turned” out. Get it? “Turned out”? Because it’s a lazy Susan and it turns!

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How to stencil a metal inlay on a wooden lazy susan to create vintage home decor that is mid century modern by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com


  1. For a second there I was thinking you were going to go all farmhouse on me with that stencil 🙂 Great idea!!!

  2. Your vision came to life beautifully with this project! The gold paint was the perfect touch.

  3. Karen Benitez says

    Looks fantastic, Sarah! My hubby cringes when I tell him we need to paint this or that. He loves the wood and does beautiful refinishing. Your post is making me see it more his way, but don’t tell him! Lol

  4. It looks beautiful now! Gotta love a good Lazy Susan xo

  5. Barbara Warner says

    I love your blog because you make me realize I can do a lot of do-overs that I’ve thought may be too difficult or time consuming. I love wood so I’m glad you did not paint the lazy susan. The finish looks terrific and I love making old, stained pieces look new again. You did a great job with the stenciling – which I have yet to conquer!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Barbara! I agree, it’s nice to leave the paint behind when the piece doesn’t need it. I love to see wood grain shine though wood stain, so long as it’s the RIGHT stain. And I understand your fear of stenciling all too well!

  6. Barbara Warner says

    I have a solid pine table and chairs in the dining room and they have gotten gummy after years of me cleaning them with Old English oil conditioner. How can I clean them without completely refinishing them – although that may be what they need.

  7. Debbie Westbrooks says

    Oh, I love it!! I want to find one like this!! It looks great, that stain color is perfect!!

  8. Wow! What a great find and I just love that touch of glam added to it. Such a sophisticated look!

  9. looks great. did you put a protective layer over your finished project? thanks, deb

  10. Great restore. I always leave inspired when I visit your blog.

  11. I really enjoyed the process and result you got on this great piece. So glad you didn’t slap a saying on this classic…it’s gorgeous as is!

  12. haha Pringles man! That took me a minute. lol
    I never would have noticed.
    In any case, your wooden lazy Susan turned out soooo perfectly sweet!


  13. Marge Clymer says

    Lazy Susan is lovely; looks brand new. What satisfaction your projects must bring you!

  14. Really cute makeover, using the stencil was really smart and looks very attractive. You are so right in doing all that sanding, wow, what a nice difference. Keep up the good work!

  15. This turned out so pretty! I love the gold ring around the edge!

  16. I love how this turned out, Sarah! Very pretty!

  17. I was wondering how you painted the gold rings so nicely! I love lazy susans: a) they spin so I don’t have to use “boarding house reach” and, b) they elevate stuff just a bit so the contents look special. So glad you rescues this piece so nicely!

  18. Domestically Speaking says

    I love lazy susans and your makeover turned out so pretty!

  19. Love it! So simple, but still with impact.


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