Thursday, April 11, 2013

{Three Tables Get a Fresh Look}

Hey, y'all!  Today I have a great furniture makeover to share with you.  
My aunt recently redecorated her living room.  She had three perfectly good end tables that she didn't want to get rid of, but they needed a new look.  She brought them to me to work some magic.  
This is the before of one of the tables.  The broken drawer on top belongs to the "sister" table.  (I don't know if that's what people call tables--sister tables--but we're going with that so I don't have to keep saying the other table and you not know which one I'm talking about.)
And she had this table.  All the tables were in dire need of a new finish for their tops.  We decided on a two-toned finish--wood and paint--for the sister tables and a paint finish for the other table.
I started by sanding the tops down as you can see here.
I roughed up the legs of these tables too just to help ensure the paint would stick to them.  Then I stained the tops of the sister tables.
I was a little worried at this point because I realized that the edge of the table tops was just MDF, but luckily the stain made the edge look like it had a wood grain.  Then I primed the pieces.
I primed this whole table.  I covered up the tops of the sister tables with trash bags and tape, and I primed the bottoms of them.  I lightly sanded the primer with 220 grit sandpaper to make sure my final paint finish wasn't gritty.  I then painted them all with some leftover green paint my aunt had.  Then I sealed everything with Polycrylic.  Oh, and I fixed the broken drawer too!  And here they are...
I have to say that I like the way they turned out.  I think the dark wood and the green paint looks nice together.  Next time you redecorate, don't throw away your worn, "loved" pieces.  Make them over with elbow grease and paint!  :)  You can find my other furniture makeovers {HERE}.


  1. Those look fabulous! If this teaching thing doesn't pan out, you can have a 2nd career in furniture refinishing! LOL
    Later tater! Have a wonderful day! XOXO

  2. Those look great! I'm so digging the stained top/painted legs look lately. :)

  3. They're beautiful now!!!
    I love paint and wood too ( for some reason I NEVER do it - but I LOVE it when I see it )
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. You did a great job, lucky Aunt having you do her tables, they all look so much better, hope she loves them as much as your commentors do. It's kinda funny to see styles of old tables, interesting how the trends go. Great idea leaving the wood tops looking like wood.
    My favorite table is the drop leaf with the shelf on bottom, just my preference.
    I'm currently redoing some tables we've had for quite awhile. Got tired of how they've looked for too long so decided to practice refinishing before I try redoing pieces to sell. I have an old trestle table from KY I've wanted to lighten up, has a dark finish on it. Have about 5 tables total to redo so I'll be busy practicing for quit a bit.
    Happy days. Glad you shared table project so we could see how older tables can look.

    1. Thanks so much for each and every comment you leave on my blog, srpprcrftr! I read every single one of them, but I can't reply because you're a no-reply commenter. :( I know your tables will look fabulous when you finish with them! Thanks for stopping by. Hugs!

  5. Great job on these tables! I like the look of the refinished top and painted base! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my chicken wire crowns!


  6. These all look gorgeous! Great job on all three!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  7. Not just one table, but three?! You're superwoman with table magic! I love how fresh they all look. I bet your aunt was thrilled!


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