from splinter to… Splendid

Side Table Makeover

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You are not going to believe how I got this end table! I was driving home from my daughter’s dance class a couple of months ago at about 5 in the afternoon and I saw a yard sale. I had 3 kids in the car and I have learned that yard sale shopping with kids can cost me more money than I want to spend. But, as I passed the end of their drive, there was a pile of stuff with a big sign that said “FREE STUFF”. I could not pass that up. I turned around and went back. Out of the pile, I got this table and a wooden doll bed and high chair. I cleaned up and painted the doll stuff lime and purple and my daughter loves it. Here’s a picture of the doll furniture.

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The table has been sitting in the garage since. It was a little wobbly. When my parents were visiting I had my dad re-glue it (He loves having projects to work on while he is here). It is perfect now, no more wobbling! And since he fixed the wobble I needed to finish it so he could see his contribution to the finished product.

Here is a before of the top. It was rough.

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First, as always, I cleaned it up good. I debated on staining or painting the drawer front and decided to stain it. With my electric hand sander, I sanded the top good and got all the knicks and scratches out. There were also a couple of other places that I sanded a little to get out more scratches. I then got all the dust off and stained the top and drawer front. While I had the stain out I went ahead and stained the other places I had sanded. I let that dry overnight and added a coat of polyurethane on top and drawer front. I shellaced the rest of it to avoid bleeding through the chalky paint. I let that dry overnight, only because I had other things to do. Shellac is normally dry and ready to be painted over in 20-30 minutes. Then, I painted the rest of it with chalky paint that I mixed myself. Super easy (1/2 cup plaster of paris dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water, then add 1 cup of latex paint and mix well)! I ended up doing 3 coats because I did not want to see any brush marks. Once dried, I distressed the paint and then cleaned off the dust. I also painted the original drawer pull & backplate. I used Valspar Sealing Wax on the painted section, drawer pull & backplate and that part was done.

I then lightly sanded the top and drawer front and cleaned it up. I added one more coat of polyurethane. These 2 steps are what are recommended and I strongly suggest doing as it makes it much smoother. I put it back together and it is beautiful.

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This was a great From Splinter To… Splendid makeover as it was in bad shape when I got it. I should take it back to the original owners and show it to them. I bet they wouldn’t even recognize it. It’s crazy to think of all the pieces of furniture that are trashed that could be beautiful with a little TLC.

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22 Comments

  1. Grandmas House DIY

    Love the paint and wood combo, nice job!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you!
      Mandy

      Reply
  2. Debbie Kitterman

    I love the make-over you did on the side table -and even better it was FREE! I love the grey too, and what a great find with the doll cradle and chair too. Love it – found you at #WayWow

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you!
      Mandy

      Reply
  3. Victoria

    I love seeing old pieces revived! I actually restored an old cedar side table very much like this one. Stripped about 20 layers of paint and restored the wood to its former glory. It wasn’t free, but $10 seemed like a fair price! Now it’s one of my favorite pieces!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      I hate stripping paint. It is so nice to have pieces you worked hard on and are proud of in your home. Makes it feel more like home.
      Mandy

      Reply
  4. Ann

    The old owners would regret tossing it if they saw it now. Beautiful transformation!
    Ann

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you!
      Mandy

      Reply
  5. Edye

    What an awesome makeover, Mandy! Hope you have a great week 🙂

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank You!
      Mandy

      Reply
  6. At Rivercrest Cottage

    very pretty makeover. love all the distressing.

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank You!
      Mandy

      Reply
  7. Sharon@BlueWillowHouse

    Love the roadside rescue. Your table turned out beautifully. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm and hope to see you back this week..

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  8. Joann @ Woman In Real Life

    How awesome that you found these freebies! And you did a beautiful makeover! I’d love it if you could share this post at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays. Our latest party is here:
    http://www.womaninreallife.com/2016/06/thrifted-accessories-vintage-bliss.html

    Thanks,
    Jo

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  9. Nikki

    I bet they wouldn’t recognize it! It was really rough, now it’s perfectly aged and redone. I love the mix of stain and paint, it really shows off the aged parts of the piece. I love finding things for free and figuring out how to make them look like a million bucks! Great job.

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank You!
      Mandy

      Reply
  10. Ashleigh

    It was great seeing you at Peace, Love, Linkup #013! The next party goes live tomorrow at 6. Hope to see you there!

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  11. Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Your side table turned out beautiful! I love the paint color with the stained wood.

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank You!
      Mandy

      Reply
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  13. Megan

    What a pretty and classic makeover! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

    Reply
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