by Grace Bonney FACEBOOK TWITTER PINTEREST d*s reader ashley sent in a great before and after project to share: she found this old side table and refinished it with butterfly details and a new stain color. so lovely! C says: December 18, 2007 at 9:31 am I’d like to know how the top and drawer were done–paper and modpoge or something? thanks! Reply Roberta Beyer says: December 18, 2007 at 10:37 am Ditto. I’d love to know how she did it. I recognize the butterfly paper from the Waste Not Paper line. Reply B says: December 18, 2007 at 4:46 pm It looks a little too “cleaned up” for me. The ‘before’ has so much more texture and evokes that the piece has history. Reply Anna @ D16 says: December 18, 2007 at 5:33 pm Is this really the same table? The proportions seem so different in the second photo, the legs even look like they got more tapered! Lovely work, in any case. I love the mottled wooden knob against the bright paper. Reply Laura says: December 19, 2007 at 11:29 am That paper is available in sheets from Paper Source as well — logically, since Waste Not Paper is owned by the same people. Reply Kristen Wagner says: December 19, 2007 at 7:21 pm How did she go about doing this? I am trying to refinish my desk and would love to know the stain she used. Reply aya says: December 19, 2007 at 10:18 pm i prefer the before. Reply Ashley says: December 20, 2007 at 10:43 am After stripping the paint, off I sanded it down to get some scratches out. This caused a difference in color to the table top which after stained took on an interesting marbled appearance. Then I just used modpoge and paper using extra attention around the corners and in the end applied a finishing varnish. It was fun! Reply Kristen Wagner says: December 20, 2007 at 12:48 pm Ashley, What type of stain and varnish did you use? Thanks! Reply Christina says: May 27, 2008 at 2:11 pm WOW! This is so inspiring!!! :-) I am going to be refinishing an old desk. I need to get my creative juices flowing! Reply LEAVE A COMMENT Cancel reply Comment Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.