before and after: side table

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!


  1. C says:

    I’d like to know how the top and drawer were done–paper and modpoge or something?


  2. Ditto. I’d love to know how she did it. I recognize the butterfly paper from the Waste Not Paper line.

  3. B says:

    It looks a little too “cleaned up” for me. The ‘before’ has so much more texture and evokes that the piece has history.

  4. Anna @ D16 says:

    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.

  5. Laura says:

    That paper is available in sheets from Paper Source as well — logically, since Waste Not Paper is owned by the same people.

  6. Kristen Wagner says:

    How did she go about doing this? I am trying to refinish my desk and would love to know the stain she used.

  7. aya says:

    i prefer the before.

  8. Ashley says:

    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!

  9. Kristen Wagner says:


    What type of stain and varnish did you use?


  10. Christina says:

    WOW! This is so inspiring!!! :-) I am going to be refinishing an old desk. I need to get my creative juices flowing!


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