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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  1. Kim
    May 9, 2016 at 5:22 pm

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

    • May 9, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      lol Thank you! You’re right, I need to post the whole room!

  2. May 9, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Beautiful! You have such great vision.

  3. Raul
    May 11, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Cool. All changed only for better.

  4. June 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    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. 😛

    • June 13, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you so much! For sure on the less sanding, lol it was night to paint something for hours as opposed to sanding for many more hours!

  5. August 24, 2016 at 1:02 am

    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–

  6. September 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    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 😀

    • September 2, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Angie, this was the first time I tried the look of the stain and paint combo and I absolutely love it now! I’m going to have to do it on something else soon!

  7. October 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm

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

  8. October 14, 2016 at 7:11 am

    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!!!

    • October 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you so much Michelle! I had been hankering to try the white paint and stain combination for awhile, I’m glad it turned out on these!

  9. October 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    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!

    • October 14, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Thank you Melony! I wanted to try the paint and stain combo for a long time when I got these, I’ll definitely do it again!

  10. October 20, 2016 at 10:19 pm

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

  11. October 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    These turned out beautiful! I love the color combo 🙂

  12. November 3, 2016 at 4:34 pm

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

  13. November 3, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    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!

  14. November 4, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    How lovely!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  15. November 4, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    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!

  16. November 11, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    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!

    • November 14, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Leslie, thank you! I am in love with the painted and stain look together!

  17. November 16, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    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

    • November 16, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much Carla, that paint and stain combo is officially my favorite, I’m definitely going to have to do it again!

  18. November 19, 2016 at 3:29 am

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

  19. November 21, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Love the update – pinned and shared.

  20. November 23, 2016 at 10:28 pm

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

    • November 25, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you so much Melissa!

  21. November 24, 2016 at 12:19 am

    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!!

  22. January 19, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    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.

    • January 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you so much Marie! Paint and stain combinations like this one have become my new favorite!!

  23. March 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    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 !

    • March 20, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you so much Brenda! Its my favorite combination as well!

  24. May 18, 2017 at 3:12 pm

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

  25. June 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm

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

  26. Gentle Joy Homemaker
    July 28, 2017 at 1:21 pm

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

    • July 28, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you! Have a great weekend!

  27. August 24, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Looking good!!!
    I hope we see you at the current Reader Tip Tuesday Party:
    It’s open all week & growing.

  28. September 27, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    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!

  29. December 12, 2017 at 9:02 am

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

    • December 12, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you so much, have a great week!

  30. December 12, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Great transformation #TwinklyTuesday

  31. January 26, 2018 at 1:27 am

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

  32. January 27, 2018 at 8:10 pm

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

  33. January 28, 2018 at 2:43 pm

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

  34. January 28, 2018 at 5:02 pm

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

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