Though this thrift store dining table was missing a leaf and had obviously seen some hard use in the past, the classic lines and solid wood construction were just crying out for a little TLC to become a showpiece in someone's home. Priced at only $15, this table was a steal despite the problems with the fininsh on the tabletop. Though this makeover does involve some paint, the wood purists among you should also be happy with the final result.
Painting the legs and apron help lighten up this large piece without removing any of its character. The refininished top has an appealing depth of color as a result of hard work and careful choice of stain. The old finish was removed using a citrus stripper before the time-consuming work of sanding began. The pattern in the tabletop complicated the staining process, but led to a layered and multi-tone look that helps highlight the age and character of the piece. For more step by step instructions and photos, check out Little Miss Penny Wenny: Easy and Affordable DIY Table Transformation. Image: Photos from Little Miss Penny Wenny.