Refinishing an End Table

As blogged about previously, we recently updated our home office to include a chaise lounge for extra seating and an area for reading and/or relaxing. Since receiving the chaise I have found myself spending several hours “lounging” with a book in hand.  However, the space lacked an end table for drinks/extra lighting which is essential when reading.  Being only 14 inches high, the seat sets very low to the ground making most end tables too tall for the space.

As fate would have it, I stumbled upon this table at a thrift store for $10. It is safe to say that it had seen better days, but standing a total of 18 inches high it was the perfect fit next to the chaise.

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The first step of business was clean-up. Using a sanding block, I sanded the complete table getting rid of any rough surfaces that existed. I then cleaned the piece thoroughly using an old rag.


In order to bring new life to the table I decided to do a bright white finish with gold accent. Using metallic gold spray paint, I sprayed the legs of the table in the general area where I planned on making the gold stripe accent. Once dried, painters tape was placed at 12 inches on each leg to maintain the gold stripe.

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It was then time to pull out the white spray paint. After two coats of paint, dry time, and carefully removing the painters tape, this table was ready to be used. What a difference paint can make! We were also able to find a short lamp from IKEA which provides extra lighting without overpowering the small table.



Before and After

Check out the complete office remodel here.

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