Stained and Painted End Table

I often get emails from my readers with pictures attached asking if I think they should paint or stain a particular piece.  I will post my thoughts on that later but here is the best of both worlds…a little paint and a little stain.


This end table started out as a $5 yard sale find (talked him down from $10…oh yah!).  I loved how small it was, the shape of the tabletop, and the pedestal legs.  I am in love with pedestals lately.


From a distance she doesn’t look too bad.  But after closer inspection it looked like she got in a cat fight and lost.  Plus she was a little shaky on her feet she must have had one too many drinks on her tabletop (pun TOTALLY intended!)



With a quick yank the base was disconnected from the tabletop due to the broken circle piece…DSC05691

So with a flathead screwdriver and hammer I removed the little circle base.  After I unscrewed the base there was a screw peg left that I removed to use later.


The table itself was a little too tall for the space I was putting it so I cut it down with my hacksaw a few inches.


Then I reattached the small screw peg.


I picked up a small circle plaque ($.59) at Joann’s to replace the circle I detached.  I also purchased a new top plate ($1.58) at Lowe’s.


I spent about 40 minutes stripping and sanding the tabletop down.  I went from 60-100-180-220 grit sandpaper.  The only stain I had was an English Chestnut color from Minwax.  With an old t-shirt I applied one even coat.

Really important:  If you are working with a soft wood like pine you NEEEEEEED to apply a pre-wood conditioner first or your stain will be splotchy. To test for a wood’s hardness dig your fingernail into it.  If it leaves a mark use pre-wood conditioner.



After letting it dry I applied 3 light coats of Satin Polycrylic (sanding with 220 grit sandpaper in between).


While I was waiting for the top to dry I spray primed and painted the legs and circle plaque with Rustoleum’s Heirloom White that I had on hand.

I attached the screw plate to the circle plaque. In hindsight I could have purchased longer screws and screwed it through the plaque into the tabletop.  But I used what I had.  I also didn’t need the wood plaque but it gave the table more substance.


I predrilled holes into the tabletop since it was a really hard wood.  Then I added the circle plate.DSC05780

Then I screwed the pedestal base into the metal plate.


It is the perfect little table to sit next to my chair (click here to see the evolution of this chair) .


Most of the time I would tend to go matchy matchy and paint it black.  But I like the contrast of the wood with the black chair.