Friday, November 4, 2011

DIY furniture: give a table a new look

I recently bought this table at a local garage sale for $3. It is in great shape and was made locally in Minnesota. I think the curved drop-leaf sides give it great character and I couldn't resist it even thought I thought the wood was terribly boring. I brought it home and got to work on changing that!

I disassembled all the hardware and put it in an old cake pan. Then I wiped down the sides of the table and leaves. I sanded the surfaces I planned to paint (basically everything except the bottom/inside. Then I painted it a medium yellow (I almost painted it red, but was painting some cabinet doors yellow, so I used the same paint). After I painted everything and gave it a chance to dry for a few days, I got to work on antiquing the table. It's really simple - I just added a black walnut stain with a clean cotton rag, let it dry for a few minutes, and wiped it off. I let the stain dry for a few days and put the table back together (Joe helped with this part).

I'd love to know what you think! Would you take on this project or like something like this in your home? It's totally our style. I'm curious how unusual that is!


  1. Let's do this to my kitchen cabinets!! Evonne .....

  2. Yay! Thanks for the feedback. And Evonne, let's do it! It would look great!