How to makeover these end tables


I want to make them lighter … to go with rattan and wicker furniture. Too dark for me!!

q how to makeover these end tables
q how to makeover these end tables
  18 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 23, 2021

    Paint them. Go with your current room colors so this all blends in and looks intentional.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 23, 2021

    are they wood? hard to tell by photo. you can paint them info on how to do this below

  • William William on Aug 23, 2021


  • You could paint them or if they're wood, stripping and staining them in the color you desire is probably the better bet. It would give you a grainier look that will blend with that of the rattan.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Aug 23, 2021

    I love the idea of sanding them down and restaining them with a light stain. It will give you that beautiful grain.

  • You could paint the legs and top frame white or a light gray and leave the middle part the natural wood color. That would be pretty and give it a little accent.

  • Janice Janice on Aug 23, 2021

    You could paint them whatever color pleases you more. Use a good primer (or maybe two coats) to get a good base for whatver color you choose. Kilz makes a good primer as well as Zinsser.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 23, 2021

    Besides being a dark color, the tables lack texture. Both rattan and wicker have very pronounced textures. If you paint the table, it will still be very smooth.

    Another option to lightening the color of the tables and having them more similar to rattan or wicker, is to cover the tops with either jute-like placemats or natural fibre runners, as in examples below:

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 23, 2021

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  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 23, 2021

    Hi CJ: Great idea. Here are some sites about painting furniture that you may want to check out before you proceed, remembering that preparation is the key to a good job. A good product to remove the shine would be something like Sandpaper in a Can. If you are going to spray paint, use light coats to keep the paint from sagging. And, since it looks like a pretty heavy piece of furniture, when you go to paint it, put some blocks of wood, smaller than the feet, under the feet so that you can lift about an inch or so off of the surface you're painting on so that you can paint right to the bottom and not have paint puddling around the bottom.

    I see that the top is a bit recessed. Maybe you can put something like pictures, dried flowers, etc., on it and cover it with a piece of glass or plexiglass. When I was young, a zillion years ago, my grandmother had a table with a glass top and she had pictures under that. It was one of the things I loved most about visiting her, even though she lived across the street and down 1 house :) I have that table now, and still love looking at the pictures under the glass.

    Good luck

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Aug 24, 2021

    Use chalk paint!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 24, 2021

    You can clean with TSP, then prime and paint a lighter color if you don't want to sand down and stain. You might need to use a deglosser, it's hard to tell from the photo.

    I think a cream color with a brown glaze would be nice.

  • Annie Annie on Aug 26, 2021

    If they are solid wood, Then you will need to sand them down and finish with color you want

  • Chefsweety Chefsweety on Aug 26, 2021

    I would find some rattan or bamboo placemats to fill in the tops. Hot glue them and trim around the edges with some inexpensive hemp rope. Paint the table with a chalk paint in a color you like to coordinate with your existing style.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Aug 27, 2021

    You could sand them down or paint them and add something to the top for a topper like glass or tile ?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 02, 2021

    Rub them down and then undercoat and then top coat a natural colour like your rattan, or do a faux wood look buy using a light colour as base coat and then use a coloured varnish with a stiff brush to give a grain.

  • Shreya Dalela Shreya Dalela on Sep 22, 2021

    Here are some DIY end table hacks and ideas that you might find useful!