Posted by Angela @ farragio on Sunday, March 5, 2017 Under: diy
These tables were hand-me-downs from my sister and they came in very handy through the years when I needed something that could take a beating with tweens and teens at home.
The kids are grown and moved out now and I've been (very!) slowly sprucing up my home and have been working on my living room. With the living room being a smaller space I knew these narrow tables would work well as end tables but after years of use they were in desperate need of an update.
Wanting to stick to a makeover budget, and being the lazy DIY-er that I am, I didn't want to spend more time or money than necessary. But I think my (lack of) efforts turned out well. Take a look and see what you think...
The screws that held the brackets that operated the drop leaves had been stripped so I decided to remove them altogether. Since these tables were going in the narrow spaces beside my couch and loveseat I knew I wouldn't be needing the drop leaves anyway.
I hate sanding furniture, so instead I washed down the tables with a big bowl of warm water with just a drop of dish soap. After they dried, I painted them with two coats of white primer I had on hand, allowing the primer to dry for about four hours between coats. This pic is after the first coat.
I also had about half a can of semi-gloss white paint left over from another project so I used that for the final coat. I then let the tables dry for about two days before setting them into place.
I am so pleased with how the tables turned out. And since I spent minimal effort and zero dollars I won't mind if they get scuffed (which I'll just declare is a distressed look ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ), but so far they've held up very well.
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