Monday, February 6, 2012

A Tale of Two Two-Tier End Tables

Yep, you read that title right, no typos... We're talking two tier end tables today!

First, I'm sorry I don't have an update on our Master Bedroom, we actually didn't get to it at all over the weekend (but we did sell the bed frame on Craigslist, yay!).  Like most people, we were busy watching the Superbowl on Sunday and on Saturday I made plans to tackle a little DIY project with my blog buddy Lauren.  So I apologize for my Project ADD right now, and I know I still haven't finished the Hutch/ Nook :( nobody's perfect right (and who would want to be anyway?).  But thanks for still sticking with me :)

Now back to the project!
I found out last week that Lauren and I both picked up two-tier end tables while out thifting on our own.  How random right?!?   Hers is on the left and mine is on the right in this photo.
 I picked up mine because it reminded me of the end tables my grandma had and it was only $12 so I had to get it.  I wasn't totally sure where it would end up, but I thought with some sanding and white paint it would clean up nicely! 

We both got started on our tables by sanding, which is not the fun part.  I hate sanding!
After that we headed back in for the fun part, painting!  I painted mine white (I know, kind of boring) and Lauren used Martha Stewart's Terra Cotta Specialty Finish paint to give hers some texture and a fun look!
 Here's some more painting action, but you get the idea...
During our two coats of paint and drying time we got to chat about married life and of course blogging.  It was great to talk about our blogging experiences and share some advice or things we learned while in the blog world.  I loved that part of our project!

Once the paint was dry I moved it into our Living Room.  It ended up being perfect next to our not-so-much sectional couch.  The sectional fit great in the condo we lived in previously but we had to split it up to fit in the living room in our house.
We will get new furniture someday but I know we don't need it now (at least that is what I keep telling myself, might get a new lamp though).   I must say the two-tier table compliments the strange end of the couch well.  The couch sort of 'flows' into a table instead of just the floor :) I was also happy to place one of my favorite wedding day photos on top...

As for Lauren's end table 'after', you will have to pop over to her blog to see!

So, what do you think of my $12 two-tier end table redo? 
Do you have a similar table, or remember one that a grandma or grandpa had?

I hope to get moving on the Master Bedroom project this week.  On my to-do list...

1. Install curtain rods
2. Sew new window treatments from some fabric I picked up
3. Make to-do list of the 'man' tasks for the hubby (hehe) 

Have a great week everybody! 


  1. We had similar tables at home growing up. They are long gone now, but these bring back memories. *sniffle* :-)

  2. Uh oh. I have a blog post to write. ;) Thanks for a fun afternoon. I enjoyed the range of conversation topics we covered while together. And a good ol' farts and crafts didn't hurt matter either.

    1. Testing, testing, 1,2,3. I am replying the way you told me... let me know if you get this in an email. That is how it works right? I feel stupid now,okay bye!

  3. I just stopped over from Lo's. Your table looks great. I am so jealous of your BLATE! I need some bloggy crafty people near me.

  4. It looks great! Have you posted about your sectional layout before? I have the same problem in our house - the sectional that was perfect for our last apartment doesn't fit in our current living room and I have to separate them! Would love to see how yours look.

    I don't have a similar table but have thought that it (or one of those multi-tier end tables on the market - I think West Elm has one) would look great next to the sectional. Right now I have an IKEA lack coffee table acting as an end table - it's actually the perfect height and width at the end of the chaise part of my sectional! Of course- your DIY route is so much better! (Ok enough rambling...)

  5. My parents have those same end tables at their house! But yours look a ton better now that you've redone them!

    1. Thanks Mike! Say, we haven't heard from you guys in a while, I will have to stop by the blog :) I imagine that basement project is really tough to get through with full time jobs, the holidays, etc. Hope you both are doing well!

  6. Very cute end table!
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  7. Oh my gosh, we just "inherited" almost the exact same table from my husband's Grandparents. I have ordered him not to put that weird looking piece of furniture in our house, but I am now completely inspired by your refurbishing! I think we can make it work with a little refurbishing. : )

  8. I have two end tables in my attic, my grandmothers. They just take up so much room. I would like to figure out a way to redo their size so the are not quite so... well ugly.


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