before and after

before & after: striped coffee table + drawer console

by Kate Pruitt


After being discovered in a garbage heap, this table received an exciting new look in the capable hands of Nicolaich, a designer based in Athens, Greece. The lovely striped pattern inspires me to be more adventurous when painting old furniture. The mix of solid stripes and natural wood; the vintage-inspired color palette; the white-dipped feet — it all comes together so beautifully. Great work, Nicolaich! — Kate

Time: 8 hours

Cost: $40

Basic Steps: This coffee table was made two years before — I already had the idea in mind by the time I saw it laying next to garbage. I used sand paper, primer paint (only the front side, not the stripes), masking tape for the stripes, Ripolin paint and non-colour varnish. I didn’t want to cover all the old wood, which is why I decided to go with stripes —  something like “half old-half new.” — Nicolaich

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CLICK HERE to see how Nadia transformed a pair of these Ikea drawers after the jump!

I’ve seen a fair share of great Ikea makeovers over the years, but many of them, while lovely, don’t quite manage to escape the modular look. Not so with this project by Nadia. Nadia painted a pair of Ikea Rast dressers and added a few extra shelves and a long salvaged-wood top to create a functional and beautiful storage console. I think she’s chosen a marvelous color here; it combines nicely with the dark, rough wood to make the piece feel rustic and unique. Wonderful work, Nadia!

Time: One day

Cost: $85 (including two Rast dressers)

Basic Steps:

1. Put the dressers together (we also reinforced the drawers with glue).

2. Measured the distance we wanted the shelves to span and had all the wood cut at Home Depot.

3. Attached small metal shelf brackets to place the wood shelves on.

4. Drilled in the first top piece of wood that spans both dressers.

5. Filled the original pre-drilled drawer knob holes with wood filler.

6. Painted the dressers, shelves and top piece of wood with hi-gloss paint (two coats).

7. Stained the two top planks of wood (this was just one long piece we had cut in half length-wise at Home Depot).

8. Drilled the two top planks into the first top piece.

9. Attached new drawer handles.

Tip: Definitely go with a hi-gloss paint; it creates a more finished appearance. The stained wood surface will also wear better than a surface painted a solid color. — Nadia

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