Bargain Side Table Gets a Makeover

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Mom is still recuperating after her surgery and I am in the throws of wedding planning, so needless to say we have a lot going on 🙂  We thought for today’s post we would take you back to one of our first projects on 2 Bees that we just love!  In fact this piece is in mom’s living room.

When we were out thrifting for a deal (our normal pastime) we found this great table at our local Goodwill.  I spied a very nice looking end table – solid wood(we think it’s cherry), very good shape, nicely made,  Ethan Allen table.  I looked at the price tag, looked up at mom wide-eyed and said “this table is $5.00”.

Table top before the re-doMom – the ever supportive mother – said “No way!”  I mean, we are very thrifty with our finds but this was a great deal.  The next question was – “What’s wrong with it?”  Honestly, it is practically perfect.  The table is missing a drawer.  The good news is that the drawer isn’t really needed.  We can totally conceal the open space by placing that side against the wall.  We can eventually find a basket to go in its place but we don’t think it is necessary.

Here is our $5 Goodwill table before we started transforming it.  See the empty space where a drawer used to be?

$5 table ready for a makeover

I primed the end table with our go-to-every-time Zinsser gold.  I then painted one coat of Antique White paint.  We were surprised that one coat of paint gave such great smooth coverage.

Primed, painted and ready to look French

Next, mom began the antiquing process to obtain the French look that we wanted.  This is the stain medium that she used – can you tell the Danish Oil has been used a lot?

Danish oil for the antiquing process

Just put a dollop on a rag or paper towel and begin rubbing onto your surface.  You can use more if you want to achieve a darker look.  Work quickly and in small areas at a time.

Let the antiquing begin

This is a photo shot before the excess Danish Oil was rubbed off.  After the excess oil was removed, a thin coat of paste wax was added to the top for an even smoother finish.

Makeover is almost complete. Just need to remove excess stain.


Ta Da… we think this side table turned out great.  The drawer isn’t even missed.

No longer a $5.00 table!  Makeover complete.

Here’s a close-up of the detailing and antique finish.

Antiquing brings out the detailing in the end table.

No one would ever know that this started out as a $5.00 thrift store find.  We are always amazed at how just a little bit of paint and polish can totally update and change the look of a piece of furniture.

So pretty after being painted.  $5 thrift store table - no more

Have y’all found any fabulous thrift store deals lately?

You can Pin the project directly to your Pinterest Board HERE


  1. This looks great ladies! I’m loving the Danish oil treatment and of course you know I love the antique white! Fantastic job!

  2. Liz Bonin says:

    Good morning ladies! I love your table make over! And I must say, Goodwill is always one of my favorite places to thrift! Great find and great refinish!

    1. Hey there Liz! Don’t you just love a great thrift deal? Sadly, in our area they are getting harder and harder to find. This table was a very lucky score!

  3. Jennifer and Vicki, WOW!! I love it. Omg Ethan Allen furniture for $5. Unbelievable transformation. That tutorial was great too, I have never antiqued or aged a piece of furniture yet and I want to try it. Beautiful!! Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa- Well, you are the thrifting queen! This table was just one of those serendipitous finds. If you do try this antiquing process, please let us know. It really was easy 🙂

  4. Good thing you got to that table first! I would have nabbed that table, too, without missing a step! It’s beautiful. I just have to try this process myself!

    1. Hi Bambi – I have a giant smile on my face, as this would be one of those “I will knock you down to get to it first” moments! You can visit my table anytime !

  5. i can’t believe you got that table for 5 bucks. I would never have thought of applying Danish oil over the coat of white paint like you did. I guess it pays to be imaginative 🙂

    1. Hey Jess – thanks so much! It was probably more like…well, this is what we have on hand – lets try t LOL. We were thrilled with the results. Nowadays the $5 deals are harder to come by but we are always on the lookout! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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