My roommate from college just graduated from vet school and is in the process of house-hunting. (Yay!) I needed to think of a good gift, but I wanted it to be something personal, so naturally, I decided to up-cycle a piece of furniture for her! After some hunting around, I found a neglected old Drexel end-table that was full of potential.
|$8 Drexel end table found at Goodwill|
I used my trusty Minwax Red Mahogany stain and pre-treated the worst (lightest) parts with a little paint brush. After that dried a bit, I then used a clean rag (read: old sock) to smooth the rest of the stain on, working with the grain. It was a bit difficult because of how the seams met, but the color came out beautiful, as usual.
I could have stopped here, but I wanted this little table to be special to my friend. Being that she is a total purple-aholic, I knew I could get away with a fun shade. Steeling myself, I went with a more grown-up subtle color from the Martha Stewart line of Glidden paint, called Wampum. It was the only purple I could find that had some gray undertone.
|Sanded and stained top and shelf|
|After 1 coat of paint|
|The finished little purple table|
I'd like to think I gave this little end table a new lease on life. From a dark corner of Goodwill, surrounded by other unwanted and misfit furniture, she was rescued and renewed. She is now draped in a creamy and calming hue contrasting with her glossy and dramatic mahogany wood tones.
|Label inside of drawer - Ink pen sprayed with a coat of clear polyurethane|
|New floral knob detail|
|Inlaid wood detail|