Ugly end table redo

by Julie
Please help me with idea's on what to do with this end table. It doesn't have to be an end table either.
  27 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 22, 2016
    In order for suggestions I think you need to decide what your goal is first.Sorry
  • Julie Julie on Jun 22, 2016
    My goal was to either come up with a use for it or tear it apart & use it for something else. I don't need an end table but night stand maybe? Shelves?
  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Jun 22, 2016
    I do not actually know what an "end table is". The condition of it looks fine. Perhaps the raised (little fence) decoration could be removed and the holes filled in nicely. It is obviously used for storage of some kind so you could continue to use it for storage e.g. magazines, children's toys and / or if it can hold the weight it could be have a professional cushion made to fit and use it as a foot stool. Or if you simply do not like it you could sell it. Someone will love it - especially as it appears to be good quality wood.
    • Geri Ann Geri Ann on Jun 22, 2016
      An end table is a lamp table you place at the side or "end" or your couch or chair...hope that helps!
  • Sharron Sharron on Jun 22, 2016
    Take the top off, paint it and use it as a magazine rack or plant stand or anything like that.
  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Jun 22, 2016
    We'll I do hope you keep it but I would remove the little fence decorating.
  • Lucy Nunn Lucy Nunn on Jun 22, 2016
    Do you have kids? I've seen Lego tables like this...or Barbie stuff. A place to store and a place to play...?
  • Debi53 Debi53 on Jun 22, 2016
    Please don't think I am being unhelpful, but if you don't have a use for this table, why don't you just let it go. If you love this style of decor and you can put it to good use, then redo and use the piece. But, to keep something just because you have it can become a burden instead of a blessing. This was a lesson that took me a long time to learn. If something in your house does not bring you joy or does not serve a definite purpose, appreciate the purpose it served and then release it. Every item in your home costs you in terms of your time and effort and money to care for it. If an item is something you love or earns its keep by serving a purpose, then it is worth the exchange of your time, money, or effort. If not, give yourself permission to be free of keeping something just because it is there.
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    • Julie Julie on Jun 23, 2016
      We had purchased these from Ethan Allen years ago as end tables. It does make a great sewing box or knitting box however just don't need either.
  • Julie Julie on Jun 22, 2016
    Thank you for the suggestions so far. @Lucy Nunn, kids have grown & I have seen the Lego table, thought about that for grandson but daughter wasn't too excited about it. @Debi53, I don't disagree with you. They are far from my style anymore. They have been storage & night stand for the past 20 years. I have problems getting rid of things as you can see but I like to reuse every thing when possible. If I don't get any ideas that interest me then it will probably be used for the wood for another project down the road. Wood alone takes up less room than the table does.
  • Lucy Nunn Lucy Nunn on Jun 23, 2016
    Guest room side table for extra blankets? Potato bin? Cat food bin? Barbecue supplies on covered patio? Pretty useful little table!
  • User User on Jun 23, 2016
    . !Нужно для планшета или ноутбука !
  • Radha Radha on Jun 23, 2016
    You may use this table as a Bar table. Just fix another strip of wood along the wood border. once fixed carve the wood strip in circle shape after some distance to place the liquor bottles. on one side of the table you can keep ice box and tongs. on the other side you can keep gingerale, lemondae or any other soda drink that you like to mix with gin, vodka . at the center of the table keep glasses. dont keep anything on top where there is space for storage as you cann keep bottles or glasses, tissue boxes etc there.
  • Marilyn OylerY Marilyn OylerY on Jun 23, 2016
    Make it into an ottoman/footstool. Cut legs shorter - I'd suggest right below the first set of decorative rings. Then cut some foam to fit the top and cover it with inexpensive sturdy cloth. This way you can still use it for storage as well. Note: If you don't sew, use duct tape to seal the fabric on the back of the foam. Just wrap the fabric around the foam like you would wrap a present, then seal on back with duct tape. This also makes it easy to change out if you tire of the fabric chosen. You can even cover it with a second, temporary layer of fabric for the holidays!
  • Linda Linda on Jun 23, 2016
    I agree with taking the "fence" off. That and the "strap hinges" are what actually dates it. I'd take off the hinges and the fence, fill the holes with dowels and wood putty, find some more modern hinges and refinish the whole piece. A storage end table is too handy to make into something else,
  • Elaine Elaine on Jun 23, 2016
    I would definitely take off the "fence" (love the hinges) then remove the legs and wavy "skirt" part. Once that's done, if the bottom looks weird and unfinished, than perhaps adding four (wood) flattish-bun feet would give it a more finished/complete look. I would then paint it with chalk paint and follow with the typical clear then antique wax and use as a trunk. If it's coffee table height, great. If not, just use it as a storage type trunk for extra magazines, junk, etc. or maybe, it would hold toys in a child's room.
  • Kim Kim on Jun 23, 2016
    its a dough table, they use to put dough inside, i have one also and just haven't figured out what to do with it.
  • Marilyn OylerY Marilyn OylerY on Jun 23, 2016
    Yes, for my suggestion of the ottoman you would have to remove the fence as well (ouch, if you didn't!) ;-)
  • Trish Trish on Jun 23, 2016
    A new colored stain called "Unicorn SPiT" It's wonderful for refinishing anything!
    • Julie Julie on Jun 23, 2016
      Thank you. My taste haven't gotten use to the Unicorn Spit. I know everyone is using it but just not my thing.
  • Julie Julie on Jun 23, 2016
    We have a country lake home with rustic decor. A lot of wood, oak, pine, cedar & hickory. I like the farmhouse style if this helps with ideas.
  • Pauline Musson Pauline Musson on Jun 23, 2016
    It looks like it would lend itself to being a drinks caddie with an ice bucket inside the lid and bottles/glasses kept on by the little fence. You could change out the legs to add height or put casters on. Just throwing out ideas :)
  • Gardener B Gardener B on Jun 23, 2016
    My husband's family had two of these tables - they were end tables. They sat on either side of their sofa. They stored kids' stuff, magazines, etc. Currently, a family member took them and painted them (no photos). They took the 'lids' off and put a basket inside.
  • Marie Marie on Jun 23, 2016
    Lego storage.
  • Phillip&Mandy Phillip&Mandy on Jun 23, 2016
    There are a couple of ideas that come to mind for me. Either way, I would start by updating the hinges and any other hardware like that. I would also consider replacing the legs with a more modern style and maybe even remove the top railing and you could use all that you remove in a future project. Now, one idea I might try would be to make the top into a padded sitting stool with storage..cute material and a fun paint job to match. Another idea might be to remove the original legs and either add some repurposed long table legs or make your own tall legs and maybe even more storage or shelving under that...With a sexy but elegant paint job you could have a pretty awesome jewelry stand. Hope it helps!
  • Dotti Dotti on Jun 23, 2016
    In addition to the suggestions above you could size it to coffee table height and paint it black. I suggest black because I once read a decorating tip that every room should have some black. I like the design of the table ( a rectangle that is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom).
  • Sherry Sue Sherry Sue on Jun 24, 2016
    Painted for update and use for Sewingj or knitting storage end table but if you don't like the style, why keep it? A lot of work to make a lot of difference.
  • Marilyn Zaruba Marilyn Zaruba on Jun 26, 2016
    I love things that have storage...I don't like simple coffee or end tables because all that real estate below them is wasted. Are these tall enough for bedside tables? If so, remove the rais...or not, paint them with some pretty chalk paint and you have some great storage beside the bed. Just think of all the great books or magazines they would hold or even extra bed linens. Part of the least for recreating something. And when you use a *found* object..if you are sick of it in a year, you don't have much invested in it.
    • Julie Julie on Jun 26, 2016
      Thank You Marilyn Zaruba I agree! I like the idea of making something out of it. It may get turned upon its end & maybe a small night stand? I love to use things again if at all possible. Like you said you aren't out much when you get sick of it.
  • Kathy Compton Kathy Compton on Jul 07, 2016
    If you remove the railing on top (really a must), you could add metal hardware in it's place.
  • RDC5007833 RDC5007833 on Jul 16, 2016
    I would change the way it opens and make a bench seat with storge could hide shoes in it and I would paint it and I would put in my hallway