End Table…New Beginning

An End Table Gets a New Look

Don’t you love giving a piece of furniture a “new beginning?” That’s what happened to this end table…it’s not the end, but the beginning…of something great.

I found this table at Restore for $25 and knew that I wanted it as soon as I saw the “bamboo” look on the legs and the top. My thought was that it would be perfect in our vacation home. I was on the lookout for some “beachy” furniture.

gray end table

This picture is after a bit of sanding had already taken place.

end table

I had already decided that I wanted it a lot “lighter.” It had a glossy finish, so I started with a mild sanding. Next came the primer. I love Zinsser Cover Stain Primer. It’s by Rust-oleum. To be honest, you don’t always even need to sand with this primer! It’s that good! 

For the paint color, I literally mixed two shades of gray that I had leftover from my boy’s bedrooms. One was a little “bluer” than the other, so I mixed them till I was satisfied with the shade.

After the paint had dried, I rubbed on some cherry stain with a rag. I let it set for about 30 seconds and then rubbed it back off. I continued doing that until I had achieved the “weathered” look I was going for with the stain.

gray end table

After 24 hours, I sealed the entire table with Minwax Polyacrylic.

I completed the end table by changing the hardware to this awesome, wrought iron drawer pull that I found at Hobby Lobby.

gray end table

I love the detail on this table. I wanted it to have the weathered look, so I left some of the “imperfections” that it had. If there are imperfections, then there’s a story behind them. I like that!

gray end table


gray end table

This end table is one of my favorite pieces. It’s a sturdy, good-sized end table that has been given a new life!


Now For the Giveaway!!

One lucky winner will get this set of Oneida Color Burst, set of 6 coasters with holder.

oneida coasters

I ended up with two sets of these coasters, so I thought I’d share! These coasters are heat-resistant silicone, which can be used for hot or cold drinks and they are dishwasher safe. The holder is made of brushed stainless steel. There are six assorted colors which are great to identify which drink is yours!

These coasters are great for outdoor entertaining! They are non-breakable and such fun colors!

Enter to Win:

*Make a comment below! That’s it! Easy!


*You’ll get an extra entry if you are a follower of House on the Way! Just let me know in your comment how you are following. If you’re not a follower already, I hope you’ll join up! You can follow by email, RSS feed, Facebook, Twitter and Google+!

This giveaway is only open to those living in the continental US. 

I will be announcing a lucky winner on Monday!

This giveaway is now closed.


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Hello! Blogging about home decor & design is my passion. I'm working to create a house that is on its way to a beautiful home and I'm excited to share my journey.

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  1. Hi, Leslie! Love the bamboo legs! xoxo Kristin

  2. The end table turned out great!
    New follower via Bloglovin.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. You talk a lot about restore. Is that a place here in G.T. or is it something online. You get some really great stuff from there.

  4. Wow I love what you did with this table!!! It looks so chic and updated! Great job! I recently tried chalk paint for the first time with a big project and I recommend trying it if you haven’t already…you don’t even need to sand or prime with it! Check it out if you want, http://azcubed.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/refinished-farmhouse-hutch-with-tutorial/

    • Thanks! You did an awesome job on that hutch! I’d love for you to share it at my linky party! There’s a link on my page. Hope you can join in!

      • How does a link party work? I have never done that before!

        • You basically are linking your post to the party, so people that visit my blog can click on your link and visit yours. I also pick a few entries to be featured in a post the next week. When you click to enter your post, you will insert the url to the post, not your blog. So go to that specific post and copy and paste the url. For “name” give your entry a name like…”Hutch Makeover.” Then you provide your email. Next, it will let you choose a thumbnail pic. That’s it! I do ask that in your post, you link back to my blog. You can do this by either coping and pasting my blog button code and putting it in the “text” area of your post (when you are in edit mode) or simply creating a link at the bottom of your post. Go to my “Sunburst mirror” post and you can see that I have linked up to other linky parties too. It will give you an idea of what it looks like. Thanks!

  5. Suzanne Rogers says:

    Leslie, great job on the table, I look forward everyday to see was new on your blog, using facebook

  6. Hey Leslie! I love the table makeover. Great job.
    New follower from Bloglovin.

  7. Love the way it turned out! I have a couple end tables that are similar and I hoping to paint them eventually! :) New follower from the GFC hop!

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

  8. love the play on the words and the lovely transformation!

    hope you’ll sto by soon.



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