$20 End Table Makeover

$20 End Table Makeover
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I LOVE gray. If I could have everything in my house be gray I would be a happy woman. Which is why this new end table I am re-vamping for an upcoming show ended up being gray. I found it at a Habitat for Humanity store for $5! I love to shop there because prices are great and all the money goes to a good cause. They get new things in everyday and do their  mark downs once a month, so I end up going to Habitat once every couple of weeks.

But I digress, so here it is! The $20 end table makeover! I like it because it’s a funky shape, its sturdy, and has some neat detailing on the front (see below). When you are going to flip a piece of furniture (meaning only buying it to fix it up and sell it again) you really have to think about what makes it different from other pieces people will see.

I apologize because I was a ding-bat and forgot to take a before photo. However, I did a google search of my end table and this one is extremely similar. The main difference is the front doors, mine have a more ornate detail which you can see in the photos below.

First, I started out by figuring out which of my favorite gray’s I was going to paint this baby. I ended up with a paint by Benjamin Moore called Bunny Gray, mine was lying around in my craft room but you can get a pint of it for $7.



I took off my two doors and all the hardware. Then I got out my handy-dandy electric sander. I like to have this because it really makes projects 10 times easier. However if you don’t have one then you can do it by hand (or ask your husband very nicely to do it by hand) which is what I did before I had my electric sander. Here is a Black & Decker one that would do a great job. Then I started painting. As you can see with the doors they took a couple of coats of paint because of the details. You can see that here:

Once all the paint had dried headed to my local Hobby Lobby for some new hardware. I just hit the right week too because they had all of their knobs for half price! So I got two of these here for $3.99! I thought they were just simple and plain enough to not overshadow the design but still will stand out being black on a gray background. Actually, I went to Hobby Lobby twice because the first knobs I bought did NOT go with the ornate style AT ALL. Then, being the smart lady I am, the second time I took a door with me so that I could see what it would actually look like. You can find similar ones on Amazon here.

Once my paint had completely dried and I did a couple of touch ups I sprayed everything with a sealer (just because I like a little extra protection). I want to add, whenever I spray this I take it out doors because it smells so badly. After a couple of sprays with that I re-attached my hardware. And here is the finished product:

I think that the end table makeover turned out awesome for a couple of hours and less than $20 later! But, I am partial, like I mentioned before I LOVE gray! What are your guys’ colors that your house would be filled with?

  1. Bryce Rae

    May 16, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Very Cool !!
    I would love to get going with these type of projects. I have to admit I don’t have the best skills. But I guess there is only one way to improve…practice !! P.S – I hope you forgave yourself for not taking that photo 🙂

    1. rfolger

      May 16, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Oh you should give them a try! Every project I do I learn something new (like remembering to take a before picture) haha

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