DIY – Repainted and Distressed End Table

The Hilliards found this beauty at the legendary 127 yard sale. We thought it would be a nice gift for our sister for her birthday. We grabbed it for $20.


Laura, our sister, likes bright colors so we knew had to liven this piece a bit. She was close to getting married and we wanted to give them something they could use and love in their new home.

The process: we picked up a sample paint color from Home Depot for $3. We used a a small sponge roller, 220 grit sand paper, wood stain and lacquer.

We don’t have pictures of the process BUT here’s the rundown.

1. We sanded the end table with 220 grit sand paper using our Ryobi Corner Cat. (but you can just use a block of 220 sanding sponge)

2. Added 2 coats of the blue paint on the table using the small sponge roller (gives the surface the smoothest coat).

3. After drying, gave it a sanding to expose the wood.

4. Applied a thin coat of wood stain to small areas then immediately wiped off using an old tshirt to achieve the antique look desired.

5. Lightly sanded again to make sure everything was smooth.

6. Applied lacquer after allowing to dry overnight. Used a sponge brush to apply in thin even coats to seal the wood.

Distressed End Table

We loved the way it turned out and because we had the majority of the supplies needed we were able to complete for $23.



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