Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shabby end tables

This summer I found 2 of these end tables at a garage sale for $10 each. I first thought that I'd fix them up and resell them, but then, I got an idea...:) Shabby 'em up, thought I! 
Here is the before picture - I almost forgot. Not a bad color, but not good with my couches, or the feel that I wanted for the living room. 

I first started with a coat of spray-on Kilz primer. I've never used it before, but when I did the desk, it took SO MUCH white paint to cover all the way. I decided to give it a try. I actually used the spray-on oder-less, but I'm pretty sure the oder-less should be renamed Less-Oder.  I could definitely smell it. 

Here they are, all painted and waiting for distressing. 

Here's the first table done - I over did the drawer, but I'm okay with it. I think. :) 

See what a difference the stain makes! Love it! 
I've had a few requests about how I apply the stain. Here's the most basic it can get. For this project I used Minwax Jacobean stain. 

So, I wipe it on with a foam brush - pretty heavy, but don't freak out! I did the first time I did it. =D

Then using a rag that you don't care about, :) just wipe it off in the direction of the grain. This matters. I learned that the hard way. 

And voila! So nice and chic, don't ya think? 

Here they are, new knobs and all - just itching to come inside! 

This is a side-shot; I love the basket-weave design on the sides! They didn't really show up when it was brown, but now they really pop! 

And here they are, all decorated for fall! 

Overall, I am very happy with my $20 end tables! :) Amazing what a little can of paint and some stain can do!
Oh, and, um, I'm not selling them! :)  

Linking up! 


Chrissie said...

You tables look fabulous and such a good bargain too!

Natalie said...

Those look WONDERFUL!! Now I want to find something to do it to. lol

Kyle and Janell said...

Very cute end tables! I need to get brave and do the stain thing to some of my re-dos!

Biljana said...

Great job, looks so shabby, so beautiful:))
I am your newest follower.
Greetings from Europe, Biljana

Jillian said...

Very nice makeover!

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

Love it! I have never used stain to antique, only glaze. This looks awesome.

Heather said...

I am new to your blog and it is amazing!! Could I do staining to a cabinet that has a plastic type cover. Not glossy plastic, but more textured. I have already used plastic spray paint to spray it cream, but think it would look great distressed.

Carrie said...

great job! they turned out perfectly shabby!!

Liz said...

Jen! Holy Moly! I had no idea you were so amazingly crafty! I was just looking at your family blog and I noticed the link to this one. You are amazing! and you do it all so cheap! (that's my favorite part) I long to be crafty and my house is in dier need of decorating, but I just never know what to do, or were to start. This is my new favorite blog! I will be checking it frequently! Thanks!