We recently snagged a matching pair of side tables at the thrift store for $10 each. I’ve always heard of people finding such great deals at goodwill for matching pairs of tables, chairs, lamps, etc. But that kind of thrifting luck doesn’t flow my way too often! So when I saw them, I snatched them up because I knew they’d work perfectly for our living room with a little TLC.
They were in very poor condition. When we touched the tabletops, wood pieces would chip off! I wish I would’ve gotten a before picture but I didn’t think to take a picture until we were already sanding them!
Our plan was to sand them down, paint them white and stain the top dark brown.
Here were our supplies:
- Various Brushes
- Tack Cloths
- Jasco Easy Liquid Sander Deglosser
- Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
- Minwax PolyShades Stain and Poly in 1 Step in Bombay Mahogany
- Devine Color Paint in Devine Lightning (bought this from Target)
First we took the tables outside and took turns sanding them. This took about two hours and we didn’t do a totally thorough job since we were going to apply a deglosser. After sanding, we used a couple of tack cloths to clean the tables off. Then we applied a coat of deglosser to everything but the tops, paying special attention to the nooks and crannies.
After sanding, we moved the party inside to paint and stain the tables since it was getting late. We opened the patio doors and every available window to ventilate the space. The paint didn’t smell but the stain wasn’t so gentle of a scent!
We applied a thin coat of wood conditioner to the tabletops and started painting the rest while that soaked in. We applied two coats, letting them dry for a couple of hours between coats. Before finishing them off for the night, we slapped on a coat of stain to the tops.
This is how they looked after the first two coats of paint and the first coat of stain. Not too shabby, but I was hoping for a darker look for the tops.
So we let everything dry overnight and in the morning went in with a second coat of stain and a third coat of paint to touch up any parts where the stain had dripped.
I was going for a farmhouse kind of feel and I’m so happy with the way they turned out! We may eventually go in with an extra coat of poly because I’m not sure the top is sealed properly. But it’s been a few weeks now and they’re holding up well to daily use!
I’ve also toyed around with the idea of distressing them slightly, which might complete the look. But I can’t decide! What do you think – Should I distress or leave as is? Let me know in the comments below!