Monday, September 17, 2012

Thrift Store Finds: End table

Piano bench made end table! Oooo! Aaaaah! hehehe.

Picked up this little guy at a thrift store for $10, and spruced it up a bit to fit with my little living room. This was my first sanding/staining experience, and boy was it interesting. I borrowed an electric sander, but was surprised by the strength needed to really get the layers of stain off! Whew my arms were tired lol.


1. Bench- $10
2. Electric sander- borrowed
3. Stain + brush- $7
4. Polyurethane sealer + brush- already had

I used a dark walnut stain to get the espresso look like my bookcases, and then applied 3 coats of polyurethane sealer. The sanding took me a couple of days just because I was tired, and then another 2 evenings for the staining and sealing.

Et viola! I absolutely love it! I am so glad I did not give in and paint it while like some of my other pieces. Since my couch will have the white slipcover (soon to be made), I really needed a darker piece in this area.


  1. Love it! This is such a good idea, I may go look at a few thrift stores to find something to use as a coffee or end table.

  2. Yay! I am so happy with how it turned out for the small price I paid :D Def waaaay better than spending $80 lol. You might actually turn in your dinner trays hehe!