Furniture Overhaul 2: Shabby Chic Soft Pink End Table

Have you seen those large, intricate end tables at thrift stores lately, circa the 70s, I believe? They are not the best to look at in their dark, dated condition, but they can be updated easily with a coat of paint! I went to a thrift store a couple years ago and got one for only $1! For solid, non-laminate wood, this was a STEAL!

Unfortunately, when I did this diy, I didn’t get a good before picture of the end table, but I got a few pics of the process. I can say that it looked similar to this end table when I started!

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I chose a light, blush pink for the paint color. If you haven’t noticed, that’s one of my favorite colors. After a few coats of paint it looked like this:

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You can see that it had drawers instead of doors, like the table in the first picture. I took out the drawers and painted them separately. If you keep them in the table while you’re painting, it just won’t look good when they’re pulled out. Next came the distressing! I used this Valspar antiquing glaze. It works perfects if you want to brush it on, but make sure to wipe off any excess so it doesn’t look intentionally distressed.

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The glaze sets perfectly into the detailed section of the drawer! After I finished glazing, I did a couple coats of polyurethane, then I spray painted the hardware gold! Here is some gold spray paint you could use: Krylon 1000 Premium Metallic Spray Paint, Gold.

I was able to sell this beauty at a local festival. I loved making it!

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Furniture Overhaul 1

I have these beautiful, yet dated end tables from my late Great Grandmother. I love how sturdy everything is that was built before the 90s rush of particle board and cardboard furniture substitutes. At first, I didn’t know what to do with the large cabinet, so I started spraying it with primer. However, I realized I didn’t want to just paint these pieces because they are quite large and clunky.

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I like to think of myself as an “impatient” crafter. I see a lot of craft blogs with sweet pictures where they give you tutorials that require you to take a long time to finish a project. When I do something, I want to see results! However, in this case, extra steps can really make a difference. I decided I wanted to stain the top of the piece, and paint the rest. This meant sanding off this finish on top, which was fine with me, even though I was gonna paint it dark again. In some old wood stains, it looks like they used black paint flecks as part of the finish, and I just don’t care for that look.

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First things first, take of the hardware! I ended up spray painting it a darker color. In this case, it is definitely easier to take off the hardware than try to tape it off while painting the piece. For the end table, I chose a nice deep blue/turquoise color. I used a paint sample from Valspar at Lowe’s. They give just the right amount of paint and only cost about a dollar more than a small acrylic paint bottle.


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I finished off the paint by rubbing some stain over it. I used a pecan satin stain for a weathered look. Just rub it in the direction of the grain. I painted the inside of the piece too, so it wasn’t so dark. The top I used a dark, red oak stain for the top.

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Meanwhile, in hardware town:

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The color was an oil rubbed bronze I believe. I finished off the piece by painting on a layer of polyurethane in a satin finish to the entire piece. I did two more coats of polyurethane to the top, just to make it shinier. Although this step is technically optional (I usual despise the extra time it takes for a clear coat to dry), I have to say I really like how it made the cupboard turn out!

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