Under $12 night stand/endtable

Under 12 Nightstand makeover

I have never really tackled refinishing furniture before. Yes, a chair here and a chair there but never anything as substantial as a night stand or an end table. Let me tell you after tackling this project I now have a garage full of thrift store furniture finds to refinish. 

I found this end table at Good Will for $5. what caught my eye was the hardware on it. I immediately knew that this would be my next project. 

belt sander

The table is made mostly of solid wood. Wanting to do this the proper way I knew I had to sand down this piece. I sand down almost everything I refinish or repurpose but they are mostly small items so I usually sand by hand. Sanding by hand a large piece now that was something I wasn't interested in. 

Instead of asking someone else to sand down the furniture I had my dad teach me how to use the power sander. I don't think I have stopped using it since. No more sanding by hand for me!  

wood grain sanding

Loving the hardware to begin with I carefully removed all of the drawer pulls in order for them to stay in perfect condition. 


I cannot tell you how impressed I am with myself and the sanding job.  

paint samples primer

As always base coats are important even on sanded pieces. I just pick up a white satin base sample at Lowe's for $2.98.

paint samples

As you can see from my past projects I practically only use sample size paint. It is affordable and is usually enough to paint what I am working on and have a little extra. Not to mention I have an array of colors because of the price (2.98 or $1.00 if it is on the opps shelf).

painted endtable

Two coats and one jar of sample paint later.... Also, I like to use a finishing spray over the final coat of paint. 


I was so excited how this project came out I was tempted to keep it. I brought it to a show with me telling myself if no one buys it by the end of the day its mine. But someone bought it. Which is exciting since it was the first larger piece of furniture that I refinished. I spent about $12 on this project and I sold it for $65. Not bad at all!