August 5, 2011

End Table Part Two

I began the search for end tables last month and found two different styles I liked. Of course, I bought both and figured I could decide later, after some paint, which to use in the living room. The first makeover was a country style posted here and this one is more of a french style.

I actually found this one, as a pair, on Craigslist fo $40. They were both in great shape and I knew exactly how I wanted to finish them. I have always loved the painted base with a stained top. This end table pair was just the project to experiment this combination on!



 I began by stripping the top with Citristrip Stripping Gel. This was my first time stripping the finish of a piece of furniture so I was a little nervous. This gel really works well and it was actually very simple! I then covered the top and began to paint the base.

The Citristrip Gel working it's magic!

After I removed the gel
 I applied a few coats of Sherwin Williams Creamy for the base with a little distressing. I used Minwax Dark Walnut Stain for the top and finished with Minwax Polyurethane Clear Satin.

The stained top turned out beautiful. I'm really glad I decided not to paint the top. The stain accents the beauty of the wood and provides better durability.

I finished the whole piece with a few coats of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.

I love how she turned out! This was a fun makeover because I learned so much and the result was so rewarding!  I believe I will be replacing my country end table with these two.. after I finish her other half!

Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. So much nicer. I just did a very similar thing to my coffee table (mine is a little more modern) and it too was my first time staining.

    Well done. You'll have to try another piece, it's a little addicting.

  2. These are beautiful. I've got to start scouting around for some good used pieces. Thanks for explaining your process so well!

  3. I love the mix of painted and stained pieces, your's is perfect! Thanks for stopping by refreshrestyle! I am your newest follower!

  4. What an awesome looking makeover...come by and share it with all of us at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS party. I’m having an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Giveaway…hop over and enter…ends at midnight 8/7.


  5. I too love the stained top w/ painted base. Yours came out beautiful!

  6. Nice did a great job! I love craigslist....I've found some nice stuff on there!


  7. The table looks "super duper." It's nice to have found you, your newest follower! Stop by today is last day fo my giveaway.

  8. I'm painting a small table right now and was considering leaving the top unpainted ... now I'm set:) Thanks so much!

  9. It looks great! I've been searching for a piece of furniture to refinish. I can't wait to try it. :)

  10. Looks fabulous!!!! Would love to have you over for treasure hunt Thursday! Your tables were a steal!

  11. she is beautiful now!!!! the top is stunning and love love hte open shelf and those legs! gorgeous!

  12. wow! you did an amazing job! This end table is beautiful! I found your blog through a link party and love it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out mine and follow me too! Thanks!

  13. This is gorgeous. I have a table I've toyed with doing this to.....and you may just have inspired me to finally get to it.

    I'm your newest follower.

  14. what a fab makeover! thanks for sharing it with us. we love it so much we are featuring it today and you also qualify for August's finest Week 2. votation starts today, do grab the featured button if you fancy so. Have a lovely weekend!


  15. Love this! I would love to feature this next week on Thrifty Thursday! :) Also....what how does the minwax paste work?

  16. Nicole thank you so much! That's wonderful! You can apply it with a rag, but I found it's easiest with cheese cloth for a thin, even coat. Then you let it sit for 10-15 minutes. After it dries you polish with a clean cloth or weighted buffer. Hope this helps! Let me know if you need any additional information!

  17. Hi,Kelly! It's voting time for our finest linked-up project for the month of august and you are one of our finalists. The votation round will run for a whole week and the winner will be announced next sunday.

    Feel free to share.

    Have a lovely sunday!