before and after

before and after: side table

by Grace Bonney

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!


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

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

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