barbara’s end table . before & after

April 11, 2011 separator Before & After

Welcome to Before & After numero dos! Barbara of hodge:podge managed to turn a Craigslist castoff into a bright, cheerful, vintage-meets-glam little work of art for her daughter’s bedroom. See how she turned a junky end table into a totally new design. My fave thing about this lovely lady? She was even kind enough to send along two gorgeous makeovers, so be on the lookout for another one in the next couple weeks!

Get the rest of of the details, including the “after” after the jump!

Time: about two days, drying time included

Budget: $50 – primer, paint, and varnish

In Barbara’s Words: This end table took me about two days to redo. First, I sanded the top with a power sander as the surface was damaged and needed to be smoothed out. Next I used an oil-based primer, which needed to dry for 12 hours. I then applied two coats of Spectra Blue by Benjamin Moore {but in a Behr satin latex paint} with a smooth foam roller. Finally, three coats of Diamond Finish Varathane in satin on top to protect the surface finished the whole thing off. 

I was inspired by a room Margot Austin designed for her niece {photo}, I loved the end table she used and the colour. After searching thrift shops and Craigslist, I finally found the table I had been looking for and for a fantastic price – just $25! I actually purchased two – one went to Carol from The Design Pages, who was looking for the same style of table. We had both been searching for a table with a French Provincial look, and I was thrilled with my find! The colour I ended up with was similar to the colour Margot used on the end table in my inspiration room. My daughter is thrilled with the direction her room is going – a bit vintage and a bit glam!

Did you love this Before & After? Tell Barbara in the comments! Want to submit your own? Email me up to four pictures, with the “after” pictures being well-staged and crisp quality. Send ’em along to shrimpsaladcircus [!at] gmail dot com with Before & After as the subject. 


  1. I LOVE the color. Blues and greens have been my thing lately, and I love how this turned out.

  2. I love the colour she chose. It’s amazing how much some coats of paint can do. It’s gone from something I would never ever have in my house to something I wish I had!

  3. Ooh–that foam roller gave it such a nice finish, too–It’s amazing how it’s the same knobs and dresser, but looks completely different.

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