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Under $12 night stand/endtable

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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. 

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!  

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.  

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.

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).

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! 

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7 Comments

  1. Michell .Ive been reading about your projects for the past few minutes I have to tell you I am sooooooooooo impressed!!! I’m thinking of how natural this all is for you. Your love for this comes from your grandfather Danny & our great grandfather John. My father was alway working on something with wood. He built our home dug the foundation with a pick & shovel after working in the coal mine all day. Anyway I’m getting way off track, just wanted to let you know I believe we’ll be watching you someday on you own show . Take care give my love to all of your family. cousin Colleen xo

  2. Thanks Colleen! That means alot! Dad loved your comments too! I hope one day I’m as handy them. Must run in our blood!

    1. This was actually a Valspar latex paint sample from Lowe’s. I’m not sure what color it was I believe I bought it premixed and just loved the color I didn’t even have to pick it out.

  3. I love the transformation. So awesome that you sold it for so much more than you spent on it.

  4. I love that hardware, too! The only piece of furniture I’ve refinished is a small side table… I have a few other pieces sitting in my garage, but haven’t worked up the courage to tackle them yet!

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