Two end tables get a sweet country makeover – before and after

May 09 2016
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The weekend before last I ran over to an estate sale not far from us and scored big. For $100 I picked up a wooden sofa, matching chair and coffee table, a rocking chair and these two end tables. I am planning on refinishing the rocking chair (see it here!) and selling it on craig’s list to try to recoup some of that $100 I spent. But the sofa, matching chair and coffee table I have big plans for on my deck (see them here!). Meanwhile, I went to work on these two old end tables almost immediately thinking that I could really use them in my living room. On top of that, I’ve just been chomping at the bit to try the refinished top and painted base that I’ve been seeing online so much lately that I just love.

Before and after old end tables get a DIY country makeover with white paint and refinished tops

They were pretty beat up, the previous owners owned cats and the resulting scratches everywhere throughout all of the furniture was pretty impressive. I got out my electric sander and started in on the top and could not believe how easily they sanded down and just how pretty the wood was!

Before and after old end tables get a DIY country makeover with white paint and refinished tops

I had a moments hesitation when the wood lover in me thought that I should just keep on sanding and refinish the whole pieces but in my house, everything is already wood! I have dark wood floors and I didn’t want these little end tables to become totally lost – so, I grabbed my paint brush and some flat white paint. It took three coats of paint and I probably should have done four but I was so sick of lying on concrete at that point and, honestly, you can’t tell the difference. I also grabbed a satin poly acrylic and ended up doing three coats of sealant over the entirety of each table. Paying special attention to the tops, I didn’t want to be worried about putting a glass down on them because that’s what they’re there for!

Before and after old end tables get a DIY country makeover with white paint and refinished tops

The tops turned out just SO pretty! And they were unique as well, I’ve never seen tables with such “slanted down” corners before, makes me wonder whether they were made that way or if they had been refinished before and someone else got very carried away with a sander. Of the two end tables only one had a drawer so I removed the hardware and soaked it in vinegar for awhile then scrubbed it up with steel wool. Amazing what just a little elbow grease will do!

Before and after old end tables get a DIY country makeover with white paint and refinished tops

Because I was using a kitchen table and a plant stand for “end tables” before – these end tables really opened up my living room – I can’t believe how big it looks and feels now! I will have to post a before and after of the whole living room but it desperately needs a rug and I still need to hide the television cables in the wall so I keep on hesitating. I’m sure every blogger does it, “I can’t post that online yet, its not done!” Yeah, well, truth is, is any room ever really done!?

Before and after old end tables get a DIY country makeover with white paint and refinished tops Before and after old end tables get a DIY country makeover with white paint and refinished topsBefore and after old end tables get a DIY country makeover with white paint and refinished tops

I’m very happy with how these sweet little end tables came out. Honestly, this was the first time I’ve painted over solid wood but the fact that they were not family heirlooms made it considerably easier. I think they came out nice and I will definitely be experimenting with wood and paint combinations again in the future.

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Very nice. You did a great job. Don’t worry about the rug or wires, we want to see the whole room!


Beautiful! You have such great vision.


Cool. All changed only for better.


These so so pretty! I love how thick the tops are and you did SUCH a nice job! Stain and paint combos are just so gorgeous, aren’t they? Plus, less sanding. 😛


I agree, Tarah, it is a sweet makeover–they look like completely different pieces of furniture 🙂 Great job. Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm–

Angie @ ambient wares

The painted base with a stained top is my favorite thing to do! These look superb and I would never have guessed that’s what they looked like before. Pinning & sharing 😀

Helen at Pleasures of the NW

I like the white with the natural top. Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!


Oh wow, the side tables are stunning Tarah. The stain and paint combination is so cool, it almost looks like they’re floating. So light and airy. I love it!!!


These turned out SO good!! I am ready to do my first dining room table with a sanded top and painted base. I hope mine turns out as well as yours!


I LOVE white paint and dark wood! Your pieces are very unique and what you did with ’em is beautiful!

Steffi Kerpan

These turned out beautiful! I love the color combo 🙂

Julie @ Logger's Wife

I really love the look of a wood top and painted base. The tables turned out really great! (visiting from Thrifty Thursday)

Chloe Crabtree

Leaving the tops wood and painting the bases white was perfect! The tables look great and I am sure you enjoy seeing them everyday! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!


How lovely!! 🙂

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Quirky Homemaker (@QuirkyHomemaker)

I think they turned out adorable! And what a great deal you got! Stopping by from Saturday Shuffle blog hop. Hope you have a great weekend!


Those tables look so good! I love the soft edges, too. I’ve been planning to refinish our cheap living room furniture, and now you’ve got me chomping at the bit to get started! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

Carla a.k.a Mrs. R

You nailed it Tarah! I just love the character of those tables and you brought their beauty out splendidly. I just love going to estate sales too! I find so many cool and unique things xo


The end tables look wonderful! You did such a fabulous job with the makeover. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle!


Love the update – pinned and shared.


I love how the tables turned out! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Blog Link Party this week-

Audra @ Renewed Projects

I totally love this look! I’ve added wood to the top of my faux wood end tables just so I could create the same look: stained top and painted bottom. Gorgeous job!!

Marie from The Interior Frugalista

Oh my goodness, Tarah, what fabulous tables! Beautiful makeover too. Now those amazing keyed mortise and tenon joints on these trestle tables pop. Love the contrast between the beautiful stained top and painted bases.

Brenda E Young

I love stain and paint together in a piece, and this pair looks oh so fab updated Tarah! Thanks so much for sharing them at Fridays Furniture Fix !

Cassie Smallwood

I love how unique the design is. Your makeover made them even better. The white looks beautiful with the dark top!

Carol ("Mimi")

You really scored big-time at the estate sale. Your furniture flip on the end tables looks great. Nice job!

Gentle Joy Homemaker

Good choice on finishing the end tables white while leaving the wood tops! They really look nice. 🙂


Looking good!!!
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Stopping by from the Homestead Blog Hop.These are absolutely adorable!The wood lover in me has a hard time painting wood too, but I think you might the right call on these. Great work!

Fiona Cambouropoulos

You have a real eye for this, the table looks amazing when you have finished with it #TwinklyTuesday

Mama Grace

Great transformation #TwinklyTuesday

Sensational Learning with Penguin

Lovely tables and great results! I love old furniture. #ThatFridayLinky

Cherryl Ehlenburg

They turned out beautifully! I love the wood and paint combination!


These tables turned out beautifully, and the tops look so pretty. Coming over from Mark & Jane link party!


Well done! They look amazing! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

Iris Nacole
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