Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Transforming an Ordinary End Table into a Farmhouse Gem: A DIY Journey

Farmhouse-style end table makeover | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Hey there, Besties! 🌟


You might recall the magic I worked on an old dining bench, right? Well, guess what? I had its twin - a charming end table - waiting for its moment of transformation. I initially toyed with the idea of creating another bench, but this time, I craved a simpler project. And so, the journey of giving this end table a farmhouse-style makeover began!

Farmhouse-style end table makeover | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

The Adventure Begins: Prepping the End Table

The makeover kicked off with this endearing end table. Oh, those legs! They had a charm that tugged at my heartstrings. Cutting them down for our bench project was a tough call but necessary.


I tried detaching the top before painting, but it was a stubborn little thing! So, painting first, it was, and later, with some help from my dear husband, we managed to remove the top.


Farmhouse-style end table makeover | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
The Magic of Crackle Paint: Achieving a Distressed Farmhouse Look

I'm no stranger to crackle paint, having used it on several pieces (like our dining benchchair planter, and solar chandelier). This time was no different. The process started with a dark brown base coat, mimicking a rich, dark stain. Next came the crackle layer. And finally, the top coat was applied when the crackle was just tacky enough. The result? A beautifully distressed finish that screams farmhouse chic!

Farmhouse-style end table makeover | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Crafting the Perfect Top: A Journey to Home Depot

The original top was far from perfect - not solid wood and riddled with imperfections. So, off to Home Depot, we went in search of the perfect board to craft a new top. The process was surprisingly straightforward - one board, a few cuts, and voilΓ ! We opted for nails to secure the boards, adding to the antique feel of the piece.

Farmhouse-style end table makeover | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


Sanding and Distressing: Giving Life to New Wood

Our trusty miter saw is a bit dull and didn't leave the cleanest of cuts. So, sanding was essential to smooth out the rough edges and unify the look. But the fun didn't stop there!


We unleashed our creativity with a chain and hammer to age the new boards, diligently working to distress the wood. The goal was to give it a seasoned, lived-in look, and we nailed it!


Staining and Sealing: The Finishing Touches

I mixed Jacobean and Special Walnut for the stain to create a custom shade. It was the perfect blend to complement the crackled base. After applying several coats of polyurethane, our end table was not just transformed but reborn.

Farmhouse-style end table makeover | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Farmhouse-style end table makeover | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


The Thrill of the Sale: A Surprising Outcome

With the end table complete, curiosity got the best of me, and I listed it on Facebook Marketplace. Selling pieces always gives me butterflies - will others love them as much as I do? To my delight, the table found a new home within an hour! 🌟

Farmhouse-style end table makeover | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
Farmhouse-style end table makeover | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


What's Next? More Projects, More Stories

This quick sale has sparked a fire in me. Our basement is brimming with furniture, begging for a second chance. I'm more excited than ever to roll up my sleeves and dive into these projects. And you know what? I'm bringing you along for every step, every brushstroke, and every joyful discovery.


Stay tuned, Besties, for more tales of transformation and creativity. It's not just furniture we're reviving; it's the spirit of making a house a home. πŸ› ️🌱


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