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 December 18th, 2007 I’d like to know how the top and drawer were done–paper and modpoge or something? thanks! Roberta Beyer December 18th, 2007 Ditto. I’d love to know how she did it. I recognize the butterfly paper from the Waste Not Paper line. B December 18th, 2007 It looks a little too “cleaned up” for me. The ‘before’ has so much more texture and evokes that the piece has history. Anna @ D16 December 18th, 2007 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. Laura December 19th, 2007 That paper is available in sheets from Paper Source as well — logically, since Waste Not Paper is owned by the same people. Kristen Wagner December 19th, 2007 How did she go about doing this? I am trying to refinish my desk and would love to know the stain she used. aya December 19th, 2007 i prefer the before. Ashley December 20th, 2007 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! Kristen Wagner December 20th, 2007 Ashley, What type of stain and varnish did you use? Thanks! Christina May 27th, 2008 WOW! This is so inspiring!!! :-) I am going to be refinishing an old desk. I need to get my creative juices flowing! LEAVE A COMMENT Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business.