Before & After: Trash to Treasure Table in Just an Hour

updated May 6, 2019
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Katie bought this table 4 years ago for $30 at a yard sale, and has been using it in all its scratched glory in her master bedroom ever since. Now that she is redoing that room, she knew the time had come for the table to receive a little TLC as well. Unwilling to go through the time consuming process of a full refinish, Katie was able to transform the look of this table with just an hour of work.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

After giving this table a good clean, Katie got to work mixing up a stain that closely matched the existing finish on the table. Because this table was so watermarked and stained, she was forced to sand the entire top; other small stains on the side of the table were lightly spot sanded to prep for stain. Katie used a foam brush to apply the stain, then left the piece outside to dry. Once the stain was dry, she applied a quick-drying polyurethane before the table was ready to reclaim a place of pride in Katie’s home.

Obviously drying time doesn’t factor into the 60 minute time frame, but still, Katie’s project is an impressive reminder that not every project has to be a huge commitment of time and effort to get a great looking result.

Images: Katie Goldsworthy/Creatively Living