Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thrift Store End Table Makeover

I shared a few years ago that I definitely enjoy building furniture rather than just painting it to resell.
quickly makeover a thrift store end table with paint and stain

But, sometimes things are a no-brainer, like buying this little icebox reproduction nightstand for a few dollars from the thrift store.  I knew it would be a quick makeover with a little paint.

upcycle a thrift store end table with paint and stain and give it a rustic cabin look

I sanded the top well for stain, and gave the rest of it a light sanding for paint. I used a green interior latex from my local hardware store. The color is called Bay Leaf.
give an end table a rustic cabin look with paint and stain
I painted the base, and then stained over all of it with Special Walnut stain from Minwax.

I love this green and think the quick makeover breathed new life into this thrift store find. 


  1. Ha - I have these EXACT night stands at our lake house. I like how these turned out. I may be re-doing mine now. LOL.

    1. Ha-ha, yes Kim, they were quite popular back in the day (whenever that was). I think paint really helps to breathe new life in them.

  2. What an awesome find and DIY project! How fun and creative! Love the distressed look to it! Fantastic job! :)

  3. I've had two oak ones as nightstands for many years now. I love the green base you did on yours.

    1. Thanks Deb, I am really into this green right now. It is not the hunter green of the early nineties, but warmer so I really like it.

  4. What a great update. I love the green.


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