Before & After


End table goes from drab and outdated to cheerful and country chic.

A small wooden end table gets a showy make-over with this flamboyant finish!

Here’s a project that was a load of fun! Primarily because I had a blank canvas with which to work. A bare wood butcher’s block was the perfect surface to continue experimenting with my walnut stain and turquoise combo. I think I nailed the turquoise coloring on this one!

For more on the butcher’s block project check out Kitchen Butcher Block post!

One of my favorite re-furbishers (the ubber talented Southern Revivals) re-did an end table with the most gorgeous color pairing – dark chocolate wood and turquoise blue.

Photo courtesy of Southern Revivals |

An owner of dark wood furniture myself, I decided to give my night table a “southern revival” starting with sanding to remove any dirt and dust, and also to give a rough surface to paint on.

After sanding I opted not to prime! A bold move but I didn’t want any white to show through when I distressed so I skipped the white primer and went straight to painting.

My table is not the same blue as Southern Revival, her table is more turquoise. I went with a “Soldier’s Blue” that had more pop. I gave a second coat and distressed using light sandpaper (#220) and steel wool.

I left the table top dark wood and gave it a conditioning treatment by dipping an old rag into an oil-based stain called “coffee bean”. The coffee stain brought out the natural grain in the wood.

I’m very pleased with the end project! The blue does not look as bright in the house, there is a softer effect than what is shown here (photos taken in direct sunlight). Can’t wait to work on the next piece!


One thought on “Before & After

  1. Annetta Black says:

    I love this!!!!! Great furniture– you’ve done an amazing job!!!!!


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