When we moved I sold a lot of my hand painted furniture to lighten our load. This made it a little harder when I started nesting in our new place. To solve our end table and toy storage issue I picked up this 70’s beauty from a local thrift shop for $7.
The table had obviously been somebody’s snack of choice and was very dirty, not to mention completely outdated. So, you can image my husband’s reaction when I bought the poor thing.
I liked the curvy legs and could see a diamond in the rough. First, I filled in the bite marks with spackle and then sanded off the weird colored stain on the top.
Next, I painted the bottom part a tan color that I already had.
Finally, I used espresso colored stain, that I already had as well, to finish the top. Using my dirty brush I wiped stain on a few areas, which is a technique called “dry brushing”. This gave the end table a distressed look without the work of sanding.
To add the storage factor I simply put a basket on the lower shelf. This turned out to be the perfect place to stash a few of Cami Grace’s books and toys, which I switch out every so often to keep things interesting in the living room. Here’s a peek at how it looks tucked next to the couch.0