Remember the tables I found at Goodwill for only $13 each?!?! Well, I finally refinished them and I am so happy with how they turned out!
The hardest part of this project was figuring out what how to refinish them. Initially I wanted to paint them a metallic or grey color but I have beige walls in my living room and dining room - grey just wouldn't look right. So I finally decided to stain the tops of the tables a darker stain and then paint the legs an off white. They turned out perfect and they look great in my living room!
This is what they looked like when I got them.
The first step to refinishing them was cleaning them up - I used Goo Gone for this. Next I sanded the tops of the tables to remove the old finish. Then I stained the tops a dark walnut color. For the legs I spray painted them with a primer and then painted them off white with Behr Paint. To finish the tables I covered them in polycrylic to protect them.
The most important thing when sanding and staining wood is to "go with the grain". I taped off the area where the grain was horizontal - I can be a messy painter so this step is only needed if you can't stay in the line :)
Next, I lined the drawers with very contemporary paper that I found at Paper Source. I love the turquoise and orange pattern! I then added new knobs to the drawers - they really bring out the dark stain on the tables.
Here are the tables - one finished and one in the original state.
I love how the tables look in my living room! Next project...to recover the chairs you see below. I love the shape of them but they are definitely in need of some updating!