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Before and After: A Pretty Change For These Tables

I love searching garage sales for furniture finds, and these bedside tables are a great example of the kind of diamond-in-the-rough treasure you're likely to find at a sale. While these bedside tables are pleasant, they're definitely not spectacular — at least not yet. They do, however, have clean, modern lines, and definitely show potential.

To see how these tables were updated,


To update the tables, Sunset first removed the drawer handles, cleaned and sanded the tables, and applied primer and several coats of paint. If you like the color, try Benjamin Moore’s high-gloss Bunny Gray paint. I particularly love how the tabletops are decorated with a chevron pattern. The entire cost of the project was less than $40, and took a weekend to finish. Inspired? Try making them yourself, including that awesome chevron pattern on the tabletops, with these instructions.


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
These are fab. They are not really my style but they are gorgeous.
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
This trend with painting real wood is tacky and cheap-looking.
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
I like both, the zigzag look on top of the white ones is quite funky! I think the before ones are great too. And though people may thing painting white is boring and an obvious choice, for some items it really is effective! I had a bamboo bathroom mirror of my gran's and I've just painted it with white gloss. It's gone from a horrendous mirror which I'm not sure where it would've fitted into a cute country cottage shabby chic look which I adore.
Txredd Txredd 8 years
I like them before they were painted, because I think the grain in the wood gives a piece of furniture it's character.
hihowareya hihowareya 8 years
With all these before and afters for furniture, before I click on it, inside my head I think "I bet they painted it white..." and again this proved true. :-P
luckykarma luckykarma 8 years
I like both ways, but I would have picked a different color for the tables...not sure what color though.
vunder vunder 8 years
I like them much better before, too.
girlgreen girlgreen 8 years
love the transformation! as anyone who has been to my apartment knows, i'm a big fan of painting furniture.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I'm not a fan of the new color.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I definitely liked them better before. They look plastic and cheap in the after.
KtotheK KtotheK 8 years
I agree GlowingMoon. They were quite fetching in a Danish way before and now run of the mill.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I'm in the minority here. I like the before more. It had more character, in my opinion.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
SO cool. I need to troll these sales, flea markets & antique shops to find cool stuff like this. I don't mind fixing things up!
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
Very nice!
lavendera lavendera 8 years
I love the color!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I love them after!
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