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Hello folks!  Welp we have officially been in our new house for two weeks.  I am full-on into making our garage usable right now.  If you follow me on Instagram you have seen the things I have built to make it functional and I am thisclose to being done. However, I am close enough to sneak in a quick furniture makeover project.  Since I sold my end tables at my big sale before I moved I needed to find replacements.  I snagged one on Craigslist last weekend for $10.

wood and metal side table

It isn’t a quality built piece, it was probably purchased at Wal-mart or something like that but I just liked it and knew with some paint and new stain it would fit well with the look I am going for in my family room (vision to be accomplished at a blog near you soon!).

before and after white top side table

It was in rough shape with lots of dings and scratches.

wood and metal side table

At first I thought I would just strip and stain it all with a darker stain but then I realized that the top wasn’t real wood but rather particle board with veneer on the top.  #craigslistfail

particle board

I wasn’t about to let that small detail make this a project fail.  So mid stride I decided to paint the top white. And I am absolutely in love with how it turned out.



sandpaper 50 grit, 100, 150

pre-stain conditioner

Minwax stain in Special Walnut

Kilz primer

Valspar Signature Paint (I had it color matched to White Dove from Benjamin Moore)

Minwax finishing paste

Krylon Oil-Rubbed Bronze


paint roller

1.  First I used my sander with a 50-grit sandpaper to remove the existing stain from the drawer front and the wood slats.  Then I followed that by 100 and 150 grit to make it smooth.  So it is now ready for pre-stain conditioner and stain.

wood metal table

wood metal table with white top

2.  I applied the pre-stain conditioner and then followed it up a coat of Minxwax Special Walnut.

wood stained table

3.  While that was drying I applied Kilz primer and two coats of the White Dove Valspar paint to the top.

white painted top side table

4.  I also gave the metal legs a quick coat of Krylon Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint to refresh it.

5.  Then after the stain was dry I applied some Minwax Finishing Paste. In 15 minutes I buffed it with a soft cloth.

minwax finishing paste

6.  I changed out the pulls with some Black Cup Pulls from DLawless Hardware.  They are only $.60 each!!  Once I find my printer (HA!) I will add some words to the pulls.

black cup pulls

7.  Lastly I tightened up the screws to make it stable.

white table top metal legs

mixed tones side table

See my paint swatch on the wall to the left.  Yep this girl is in transition.  I can’t wait to watch this room unfold.  I have big plans!

wood table with white top

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Disclaimer: This project was compensated by Lowes as part of their Lowes Creative ideas network.  All ideas are my own.

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  1. You are a machine! Love the table transformation and the pulls are perfect–love them! I wish I was able to do half of what I wanted. (In my case migraines. 🙁 🙁 ) You are rockin’ it out! Have a great time with your visions, kid-free time, and projects.

  2. I believe I sold you this table lol. I just happened to be scanning through Google images and recognized it. It’s nice to see you are happy with it and you did a great job! 🙂

  3. Ha! I love that you came across it!!! Yes, I am very happy with its new look and hope you like it too. Thanks for passing it along. 😉

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