My neighbor was having a garage sale recently. Let me tell you – I loves me some garage sales! They give you an opportunity to get to know the neighborhood and make some awesome purchases. We got our little guy an adorable monster hat for only $0.25! The most exciting purchase from this sale had to be the solid wood end tables, though.
I got them for only $4 a piece! You really cannot beat that price. Plus, they have a unique look to them that initially had me puzzled as to how I wanted to refinish them.
After some Pinteresting, I had a plan. I love the two-tone table look that involves a dark wood stain on top and a light paint accent on the legs. It just seems timeless to me.
I have redone the stain on furniture before, like in this post. I know there are multiple ways to remove stain from wood, but I prefer to just sand it off. I did the tops of the tables when my dad suggested just taking the tables apart so I wouldn’t have to sand around the spindles. I am so grateful for this idea since that would have been a pain!
With the stain all removed, I decided to tape off the bottom of the tables so we could easily spray paint the legs. Initially, I was going to paint the spindles and legs by hand, but my dad convinced me that spray paint was the way to go. Can you tell I get most of my DIY skills from my parents?
For the spindles, we punched holes in cardboard so we could easily spray paint all the spindles at once by standing them up. Here is a pic of the set up:
Spray painting was much faster and easier. The picture above shows the spindles with one hand painted coat. I am so glad we spray painted them instead.
Next, we got to do the staining. I chose a dark walnut stain. When my dad applied the first coat, I couldn’t get over how gorgeous it looked!
The tables were put back together with some finagling and wood glue.
Initially, I tried selling these bad boys at a craft market. Honestly, I am just going to keep these tables for myself!
Tell me what you think! This is one of my favorite DIYs to date!