Table Redo: Stain & Paint

Remember that table in the garage that I mentioned in my Fall Mailbox Swag post? Well here is the big reveal!

But before I show you how it turned out I must show the before photos and give a little back history of this table (because I am certain you are just dying to know!)

This pretty wooden beauty came into my life when we lived in Georgia. I worked at an Assisted Living where this awesome guy lives.

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Anyone know who he is? He’s Karl Slover, one of the original Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz. I was lucky enough in 2007 to go to Hollywood with him as he received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was incredible! (I’m thinking that this should be a future post!)

But back to the table. While I was pregnant, all of us managers went on a huge cleaning kick in the kitchen preparing for an upcoming state survey. Among some of the items to be thrown out were this said table and a half moon nightstand which I repainted for Little Finch’s nursery before she was born.

Since Lover Boy and I were already redoing our house I had learned a few tips: if it’s REAL wood it can be salvaged, GET IT!

So four years later this table has been screaming for a makeover. I’ve just been a little busy with other more important things! 🙂


Table Redo: Stain & Paint



With my cute little mouse sander I sanded down the top competely (because I was going to stain it) and roughed up the sides (because I was going to paint it).

Table Redo: Stain & Paint

Table Redo: Stain & Paint


 What I used:

-Paint: Behr ‘Swan Sea’ + Miniwax Polyacrylic

-Stain: Miniwax ‘Dark Walnut’ + Miniwax Polyurethane


Table Redo: Stain & Paint


After I painted I used a paper towel to wipe the whole entire thing with the stain to give it an antiqued look. I did not sand any edges or rough it up to make it look distressed because I liked the way it looked as it was.Table Redo: Stain & Paint

Table Redo: Stain & Paint

Table Redo: Stain & Paint


before and after painted furniture

All decorated for fall

Table Redo: Stain & Paint

Remember these guys? I posted how I made them here.Table Redo: Stain & Paint

(Pumpkins were from Dollar General back in GA)


(Cornocopia was from Goodwill for 80 cents!! Flowers were from Dollar Tree in GA)

*Can you tell that my table is still drying?? I just love you so much I wanted to get it posted finally!)

The blue color of table looks great with the fabric I had picked out for my curtains (still need to sew them, they are just pinned up right now…and maybe have been that way for 4+ months but who’s counting?)

paisley curtains

Hope you guys like it!


Here’s a glimpse at our next project up for completion:

board and batten

Every one of those trim pieces were done on our router by hand. but sooo worth it!


*Little Sparrow 




  1. Wow, your table turned out beautifully! And congrats on winning the giveaway at The Peas Taste Funny! It’s also pretty cool you know an original munchkin =)

  2. So very nice. I am thinking I need to give this a try to my furniture. Would love a lighter color. Just not to sure if I can talk hubby into letting me do it.
    It looks very pretty all decorated for fall.


  3. Cassandra says:

    I love the stained top with the painted bottom!

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