I got this end table at a local vintage store for $25, but it wasn’t how I wanted it to look. It was brown and tired and needed to be revamped to fit in with the decor I’m trying create in our old farm house. See how a little paint can refinish end tables bringing them new life.
This project took about 5 days to complete, over a month (busy mom here).
What you’ll need:
sander with paper to sand (180-220 grit, harsher if needed)
paint (we went with a 2-toned effect
spray paint for handles
screw driver (to tighten loose screws)
cardboard (big enough to sit under the end table to keep paint off the floor)
Remove the hardware and sand down the finish of the end table. You will want to rough up the surface so that the varnish does not have a shine anymore. Wipe down the dust with a towel or cheese cloth.
I found that my legs were wobbly, but tightening them, made the table sturdy.
Sand down the legs as well.
Wipe down the dust with a towel or cheese cloth.
Take your paint and paint the legs (while it’s upside down). You will see the areas you wouldn’t see otherwise and it will give you better coveraged. You may need to put on a couple coats.
Once you let it dry, check for areas you might have missed and do touch up if needed.
After drying, flip the end table back over and look for areas you may have missed.
You can then take your other color (this is where I used the antique white) and paint the remaining areas of the end table. Check for areas that may need another coat.
You will want to ensure your brush strokes go from end to end, to eliminate seeing many brush strokes.
I took the black spray paint and gave the hardware a couple coats (drying in between) of black paint.
I used a satin black spray paint.
Once the hardware is dried and the end table is dried, you can reinstall the hardware!