Dumpster Find - Stain Painted Shabby Chic Side Tables

Leslie D
by Leslie D
3 Hours
Saw these little tables, sitting outside at a Las Vegas friend's ranch property and made the comment that they were good candidates for painting. One had a broken support and they had been sitting outside for a while, so the finish was in horrible condition, but they were solid wood and not damaged beyond the finish. He said he rescued them from the dumpster, thinking he would refinish, but didn't have time and was working on downsizing, so he told me to take them. A little wood glue, some clamping, homemade chalk paint and stain that I had on hand transformed them in no time.
The "After"
Close up of one of the tops. Thanks to Sawdust & Embryos for the great instructional video!
Staining in progress. All done with a rubber glove and an old t-shirt as a rag. It's basically "finger painting".
Lotus flower pencil drawn.
Before - tops sanded smooth.
Frequently asked questions
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  • Zep4660472 Zep4660472 on Mar 24, 2016
    Were the tops originally veneer in poor condition and had to be removed?

  • Sli14241440 Sli14241440 on Apr 25, 2017
    What do u seal the top with once it is stained?

  • Db Db on May 14, 2020

    Can you explain how to do the stain after the drawing?

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  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on Aug 17, 2017
    Those turned out so beautiful .....I love them you did an awesome job !!!

  • MiMi MiMi on Dec 04, 2020

    You did a beautiful job! I really want to try this! And just wanted to say a big hats off to you for answering all the questions, not just “you can find the answer at my blog at,,,” I understand they’re trying to build traffic, but,, hope everyone has a beautiful day 🌺