Before & After: Restoring a Sad Side Table

published Oct 17, 2012
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

When Jill found this sad little side table, it was in desperate need of some TLC to help bring it back to life. Jill was able to see past the missing trim, the broken foot and the badly damaged finish on this table to the strong bones and solid wood underneath. With a little hard work and creativity, she was able to transform this table into a showpiece for any room.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

After taking the table apart, Jill used Citristrip to remove all the old damaged finish. Once the bare wood was revealed, she debated painting the table, giving it a coat of wax just to see. The wood grain looked so good after the application of paste wax that Jill decided against painting the top, choosing instead to highlight the carved trim details and feet with silver paint while leaving the top natural. The final piece with the silver highlights is a lovely addition to Jill’s home.

(Image: Jill/Junky Vagabond)