Furniture Flipping: Breakfast Table

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Some things just never get old. The first snow of the year, chocolate cake, the amazingly transformational power of a little elbow grease and a can of paint. It’s no wonder I do a little happy dance each time I wrap up another furniture flip. After stumbling upon a sturdy, yet dated, breakfast table at a thrift store for a measly $20, I just knew a few swipes of the paintbrush would work wonders for this diamond in the rough.

First up, for a clean finish I separated the base from the table top before painting. With one coat of oil-based primer and two solid coats of white enamel paint, the base of the table was given a contemporary and clean new look.

Next in line for a little rehab love was the butcher block table top. A quick sanding with medium grit sandpaper removed the old finish and prepped the wood for staining. Using a dark walnut oil-based stain, a bit of patience was needed to give the wood the necessary amount of drying time between coats, but in the end, the final result was well worth the wait.


Once reunited with the freshly painted base, this $20 former junker of a table was transformed into a fresh and modern dining piece.

– Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life.

Photo Credits: Live the Home Life

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