DIY Stained Side Tables

Monday, August 18, 2014

After posting a glimpse into our master bedroom, I got some questions about how I stained our side tables. It was basically the same as how I stained our bathroom cabinets, except for the side table on my side of the was a little more in depth.

I forgot to take a picture of the cabinet before I got started, but it had red roses stenciled across the whole top and fronts of each drawer. Ewww. With everything else I had stained, I hadn't had to deal with stripping paint, so this was a new adventure. Here is what they looked like when I remembered to take a picture:

I used this paint stripper to get the stenciled areas off the top and drawers. 

If you have never worked with this stuff, here is your warning...if any, even the tiniest morsel, gets on your skin, it burns like I have never felt before. Not fun. I would wear gloves (duh) and also keep a wet rag close by just in case any splashes on you! I used a plastic scraper to scrape the paint off.

I don't have a picture of it, but I ended up stripping the fronts of the drawers and the top completely. I then sanded the whole cabinet down and proceeded with the same process as I did with my bathroom cabinets.

Here is how the ugly yellow cabinet turned out:

Here is the before of Chris's side table:

and after:

We tightened up that bottom knob and we are so pleased with how they turned out. Together the cabinets were right around $60, plus about $20 for pulls, so I'd say we did pretty good!

Other than getting knobs for the cabinets, this weekend was pretty relaxing. We did go and price out new floors and counter tops in hopes of getting that ball rolling soon. The dogs and this carpet is just not mixing very well.

We went to a friend's house and they grilled out burgers, Chris attached the mirror to my dresser, and I cooked a pot roast in the crock pot. Overall, I'd say it was a successful weekend!

Tomorrow is my second day back to school (we had to go in Friday) and I am excited to get back into the swing of things. Plus, I can't wait to meet my 21 (yes, 21!!) new cherubs!

Happy Monday!

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  1. You did a great job with these! Yay for back to school time!

  2. I cannot believe you did these yourself!! They turned out beautiful :) Aww have a great first day with the babes!


  3. Oh my gosh, you're amazing! Those look SO good! I am in love with your bedroom decor. Hope your week back at school goes great!

  4. Seriously..... I may hire you for when we paint our cabinets lol They look amazing friend!

  5. So awesome!!!! I love your lamps too by the way! :) Come help me redo my store!? lol I will pay in ice cream! ;)

  6. You are becoming the DIY queen!! Love all these posts...I need to do this with my current MB furniture that is almost 14 years old!! UGH!!

  7. That's fantastic, I love DIY's. I'm salvaging my old furniture that was handed down to me from one of my aunt's. It's very old, but I can't get rid of it, so I cleaned up the desk and dresser, and now I'm working on the vanity. I might need to ping you on some tips for staining, that color is lovely.

  8. What?! They look amazing! That's some serious skills!

    Thanks for linking up :)

  9. What a great makeover, Sarah! I've started using Citristrip, and it's not quite as scary as that other stuff. Hope your school year is off to a great start!

  10. I spot a Emily Giffin fan :) Going through your home tour I spotted a collection of her books and then I see "The One and Only" on your night stand. I <3 her books as well :)

  11. Good job! You can always save so much mula when you DIY

    Thanks for linking up with MMG :)

  12. this is such amazing work!! great job!

    want to share where your ENTIRE bedding collection is from?!? i love it.