End Table Intervention and How You Can Achieve a Farmhouse Look Too



Hi Friends!  This dark end table was surely headed for the trash heap. If you like a good before and after, you have landed in the right place today!   I didn’t get a picture of the cracked marble top, but you can imagine it wasn’t very attractive or functional.  I think that’s where most people would decide the table’s useful life was over.  Instead, this is where my friend Terry decided that I needed to inherit this table and somehow give it a second chance.  Terry is the same friend who passed along this adorable sewing chair.

end table before

I started by painting the wood base of the table because I know how to do that.  For the top, I was waiting on my husband fix-it guy to build something.  I chose Dixie Belle Buttercream as the color, and painted 2 coats.  A little sanding around the edges and details really brings them out.  

Now the table was looking about like this.  Hmmmm, something was missing.

End table painted no top

I got tired of waiting for the hubs to build a top for it.  Truth be told, I don’t think he felt very confident about it, and that results in lots of foot dragging.  I decided to do a quick Facebook post, asking if anyone could create a planked top for me, and the size.  I got a bunch of replies!  I chose a builder-guy, Kevin, who will hopefully become an on-going member of my team.  He built this top for me in no time. I think he did a little more planing, sanding and making it perfect than I really needed, but we made it work. I had these cup pulls on hand, but they were a bright shiny silver.  To make them look more time-worn and appropriate for this vintage table, I spray painted them with oil-rubbed bronze.

Here you can see what the raw top and new hardware looked like.

End table raw top

The top got a coat of Tobacco Stain all over, followed by a coat of Up in Smoke gray stain.  These water-based stains come in a squeeze bottle, so I just squeezed a ribbon onto the top and spread it with a shop towel.  After it dried for about 24 hours, I sealed it with Flat Top Coat, using the blue sponge applicator.  I didn’t want any sheen, so it would keep its rustic appearance.  You can see the wood knots peeking through.

End table top detail
end table side view

There were a few elements that took this piece in the direction of farmhouse style: the creamy neutral color, the distressing around the edges, the oil-rubbed bronze cup pulls, and the rustic stained top.  If you are a lover of farmhouse style like I am, I would love it if you could share this post on your favorite form of social media.  If this isn’t quite your thing, you can check out these mid-century modern tables from a prior project.

end table before & after

Here are the products I used for this project and staging:

  • Small end table (gifted)
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