Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Side Table Reveal

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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 recover the chairs you see below.   I love the shape of them but they are definitely in need of some updating!


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