Refurbished and Repurposed

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This might be my favorite furniture makeover so far. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and due to its farmhouse chic feel, I like to imagine that Joanna Gaines would be proud. πŸ™‚

The Before
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I found this end table on the Offer Up app, and I instantly wanted it! I liked the idea of the cupboard doors since I had not worked on anything similar. Also, it was advertised as solid oak and in good shape, so it was a win-win.

When I went to actually see the piece, the top was badly scratched and the glass doors were essentially useless (it’s hard to tell from the picture, but it was a situation where one wrong touch and the panes would probably shatter). At first I was bummed, but when the seller took my offer of $20 instead of $35, I cheered up. The unexpected stumble just meant another opportunity to be creative.

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An additional surprise was the size of the table. It was definitely wider and deeper than I had guessed based on the picture. This gave me an idea to repurpose the piece from a end table to a bar/hutch.

Stripping it Down:

I didn’t hate the color of the original end table, but it definitely needed some refinishing.

I used a different stripping product this time just to test if I would like it better. To be completely honest, this product was not my favorite to work with. When first applied, the product is a mint green color, and the directions detail that once it turns white, it’s ready to be scraped away. Well the product turned white, but it was so dry that rather than scraping off the previously applied varnish with ease, I found myself chipping away at it for what seemed like forever. It was especially annoying removing the dried stripping agent from the little corners of the cupboard doors. Moral of the story? I’m going to stick with the Klean Stripper product I have been using on my previous projects.

Sanding

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Using an random orbital sander, I went over the entire piece.

Painting the Base

I painted the base with Glidden’s Marshmallow White- the same paint I have been using on other projects (crafting can get expensive so I try to reuse as much material as I can before buying more).

Staining the Top

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I used Minwax American Chestnut to stain the table’s top. It is very similar to the color that was originally on the piece.

Creative Cupboards

Since the glass panes were out, I had to figure what to do with the cupboard doors. I considered a couple of ideas before settling on chicken wire or “craft netting” as most craft stores called it. It’s what gave the piece that “farmhouse chic” look I mentioned earlier.

The process wasΒ really as simple as cutting the chicken wire to size and using a hot glue gun to secure it in place.

Putting the Pieces Together

I used the original door hinges and purchased new knobs at Hobby Lobby.

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On to the next project… πŸ™‚

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10 comments

  1. Wowza! One of the girls I paint for would love this too. We are planning on painting up a storm when we get back to the island and then selling all in a booth when it’s Comox Valley Days. Probably going to steal your ideas. πŸ™‚

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