I have a furniture friend that finds the coolest stuff. She makes gorgeous farmhouse style tables that I have oohed and aahhhed over. She is so busy making her tables that when she comes across the smaller items, she practically gives them away (super cheap). That ‘s where I come in.
The moment she posted this ugly little thing, I jumped at the chance to purchase it! I already knew I wanted to make a fancy farmhouse end table out of it! Luckily she lives close to me so coordinating pickup is super easy!
It’s actually prettier than when I first saw it since I cleaned it off a bit for the picture.
You wouldn’t recognize it now – Come take a look!
Farmhouse End Table Transformation
I first pulled off the hinges and doors and decided I liked the look without them. I then cut off the bottom brackets – they just looked odd to me. Maybe there were some sort of feet on them but I just liked it better without.
I sanded off the top as best as I could and wiped it down well with Minwax Pre-stain Wood Conditioner and then stained it with my favorite Minwax Dark Walnut stain.
After that I applied a gloss coat of Minwax Polyurethane on top for an added layer of protection and shine. (Minwax is not sponsoring this post, although they have been generous enough to supply me with samples of their products in the past)
Products I used
Minwax 61500444 Pre Stain Wood Conditioner, 1 QuartWood Finish Penetrating Interior Wood Stain, 1/2 pint, Special WalnutMinwax 230104444 Fast Drying Polyurethane Satin, 1/2 pint
I lightly sanded the base of the table and applied Waverly Chalk Paint in Ivory, then distressed the entire piece with a wet sponge. I have really liked distressing with this method as it really cuts down on the dust and I’m able to control the distressing much more than what I am with the dry sandpaper.
The distressing accentuates all of those fancy details on the drawer, my favorite part of this piece. (Sneak peek – LOVE!)
Finally, I sealed it with Minwax Polycrylic and searched for the perfect accessories while it dried. ( Wicker backet and a wood drawer knob). Please note that the Poly (Polyurethane or Polycrylic) over chalk paint instead of wax as recommended, will yellow the paint a bit but that was the look I was going for so super pleased with the results.
Minwaxc Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finishes
And now for the final beautiful finished piece, the Fancy Farmhouse End Table:
Here’s from a different angle:
I love a great detailed wood-grain!
This piece sold faster than any other that I have ever posted – I think I had it priced just right!
Want even more end table transformations? Check out this ugly end table upcycle.
What is your favorite part about this piece? Mine is definitely those pretty drawer details!