before and after table to shelf

I hauled this Roadkill Rescue all the way home from Atlanta!  We spent Christmas in Atlanta this year and my Grandpa and Grandma had more than just a gift for me – they gave me an old rickety table they have had for decades that they were ready to pitch.  Yes, they love me that much that they give me their trash {giggle}! I loved the geometric shape on the side.  Unfortunately, I don’t need any end tables nor nightstands in my home.  But I didn’t want to part with it because I really did like the shape.  So I thought and thought and decided it would make a cool stacked wall shelf in my guest room.


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Here is how it looked when I received it.  I am sure he was a looker in his days.  But it had definitely seen better days with a chipped finish, missing molding and cracks in a few places.

geometric shape end table


end table or nightstand


tape measure

wood glue



brad nailer or small nails and hammer

various grits of sandpaper

paint and primer

painting supplies

1. I decided to cut it in half and add some beadboard onto the back to give it some texture.  I enlisted my friend Mike to help me think through it.  Like a gentlemen, he cut it in half for me with his jigsaw! Everyone needs a Mike!

cutting a table in half

2. I was left with two pieces.  Then we cut some beadboard to fit the back of each of the cut ends of the table to give it a little stability.


3.  Then I sanded the entire piece down. I also had to wood glue some of the trim back in place and a broken edge.  I certainly had to work hard to make this surface even with all the peeling finish.  I started with 60-grit sandpaper and worked my way down to a 220-grit and then wiped it clean.

4.  Next I spray primed it and then painted it with my new sprayer (product review and giveaway coming soon).



5.  Next I drilled some corner braces (a.k.a “L” brackets) to the bottom of each shelves.


6. Next I positioned the bottom half of the table in place and screwed the other end of the corner brace into the wall.  Then I stacked the other half of the end table on top of the first one and did the same thing.


And now I have the perfect mini shelf in my guest room.  I love that I was still able to keep the geometric shape on the sides but create something a little more functional and decorative for my home.  Thank you Paw Paw and Mimi I hope I didn’t disgrace the table too much {giggle} and that you are proud of its new lease on life.  I will think of you every time I glance at it.




before and after table to shelf

Styling and some decorative pieces coming tomorrow.

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  1. great job beckie! you clever girl!
    I can’t wait to find out what you think of the command max compared to your hvlp (compressor) sprayer. I love mine! 🙂

  2. That is fabulous! Absolutely unique! I have this regret now letting go of a beautiful table with fancy cutwork on the sides…my firstborn, when he was a toddler pulled on the side and broke off a piece…never would have occured to me to re-create it. Oh well, you just can’t keep them all can you? 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, I LOVE it!

  3. I would have never thought of this! But, now I am going to be on the lookout for a table I can create into a shelf!! You are so awesome, great job!

  4. I love how you thought outside the box (as always!) It kind of reminds me of Ripley’s Believe it or not, in a stylish way 😉

  5. It is Stonewall Jackson by Dutch Boy. It is a wonderful color and I have already convinced two other family members to use it in their homes as well.

  6. I’m sorry, but I feel like you destroyed a wonderfully unique antique. The concept is wonderful, don’t get me wrong. Just, in my opinion, saving such a piece might have been better. In this age of mass production, furniture with character is harder and harder to find.

  7. Jesh I get what you are saying and if it wasn’t in terrible shape I would have loved to have restored it to its natural state. I love restoring antiques but there comes a time when it becomes impossible to do. But it was a cool piece so I can understand your hesitation on what I did to it.

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  9. How clever! I thought it would be functional and look good in a .5 bathroom over the commode. I will start looking closer for things to convert. Thanx4sharing fullmoonandhightides2u, Bev

  10. Not only atypical but so perfect – minimal footprint, open shelving (super handy for guests), and recycling a family hand-me-down. so many points!

  11. That was a beautiful table. Though your idea is clever it looks like a table cut in half and stacked on top of each other rather than the work of a craftsman. You may have been better served to simply refinish this piece.

  12. Funny you should say that since Better Homes & Gardens was just here this week taking pictures of it for their magazine. To each their own.

  13. Super cute! I’d love to do that & use it as a stand in the bathroom.

    I would like to feature this on one of my blogs (using a thumbnail photo) and link back to your tutorial!

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