Many of you know how much I love a good demilune table, and this thrifted one was such a great petite size that it felt versatile in the fact that it could really fit anywhere… in between windows or drapery panels, in tight areas, odd nooks, a hall, or even on the stairs landing. For $10, I couldn’t pass it up. The only problem? The finish had seen better days. The finish was actually rubbing off, it had some scuffs & scrapes, and I just felt it could really use a fresh coat of paint or stain. Emmett and I gave it a quick little makeover, it’s looking lovely, and now the most difficult thing I have to decide (in terms of design) is where it will live in our home. Click through for the before images, the process, and to see how this quick little makeover came to fruition!
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This is what the table looked liked after I picked it up. The stain color really wasn’t bad, but the finish was rubbing off, it had some scratches, and it had just seen better days. It had a worn look that really wasn’t working, but look at the simplistic details! The fluted leg style, the petite shape, and the functionality of this table is what won me over. It had potential!
I scrounged around our garage to see what existing paints & stains we had available to use, because I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on this. I landed on Minwax Polyshades Oil-Based Gloss Stain & Polyurethane Finish in Classic Black– it’s stain with polyurethane mixed in… which meant less time for a durable, sleek finish- two steps in one application. I had bought the stain for another project and never got around to using it, so it felt like the perfect option for my quick table makeover.
Our plan was to use a Purdy XL brush to apply the stain & poly for a quick and hopefully mess-free application… this brush is awesome for all paints & stains, and has a short sprig handle that is easy to maneuver. The stiff bristles are great for small projects and furniture makeovers that require stain.
I disassembled the table and Emmett set up a station for us in the garage, where we could sand away the existing finish. Since it was such a small table, we hoped it wouldn’t take too much time.
To make quick work of this project, we used our Dewalt hand sander for the table top. We quickly learned that this project might not be as quick and easy as we had anticipated, because we learned the table was made of a variety of materials and not one consistent wood species. We uncovered veneer, MDF, and two types of wood, so it wasn’t quite as high quality as I initially expected, but that was ok.
That is why when we began to wipe the table and clean up the dust, you’ll notice lots of different colors and wood within the sanded down version…
The fluted legs took us the longest to sand because we had to do those by hand, and getting into the intricate details was quite time consuming. So much for that quick & easy project, ha! It’s never as simple as it seems.
Once each piece was sanded and cleaned, it was time for the fun part… stain! This part of the process actually went the fastest and was the easiest.
This table required two coats of the Minwax Polyshades Oil-Based Gloss Stain & Polyurethane Finish in classic black stain… we probably could’ve gotten by with one, but I wanted a solid, glossy even finish.
The Purdy XL brush did an amazing job… we’ve used this same brush for previous stain projects and it remains a favorite. It leaves a smooth and even finish with no brush strokes. It also has excellent stain pickup and even release distribution without dripping and making a giant mess. This is a great brush for consistent coverage! The stiff bristles allowed us to get into the fluted details on the legs, making that much easier.
Are you ready to see the end result? I’m really happy with how this came together! Sure, it took longer than we had hoped, but it cost next to nothing, and it’s really a great versatile tiny table.
Since it only has two legs, the backside of the table actually screws into the wall (to ensure it doesn’t topple over). It’s very slender and low profile, so it can fit pretty much anywhere- even tight traffic paths.
Once we begin renovating our entryway, I’ll need to move it- but for now, it’s living at the bottom of our staircase. It’s perfectly tucked into the landing corner.
I hung a piece of art, added an easy marble tray, and snipped a little branch from the backyard, and in the two minutes it took me to pull this little vignette together, it’s making me oddly happy. Sometimes simple is best!
Have you tackled any quick and easy furniture makeovers lately? What do you think of my new (vintage) little demilune? Isn’t it sweet? I’m not sure where in our home it will end up permanently, but for now- I’m liking it tucked into this wall at the bottom of our staircase. Feel free to ask me any paint or stain questions in the comment section below- I’m always happy to help!
PeggiNovember 10, 2021 at 4:09 am
Good morning! Isn’t that the cutest little table? And so much better with a sleek, black finish. I love the fluted legs, but I confess that the tedium of sanding them would definitely have given me pause. I’m not sure I would have thought to remove the legs for the refinishing; I bet that made the job much easier! Your vignette is 100% charming, and I can certainly see the utility of this table in lots of little spots. The extra security of fastening it to the wall is also a real plus! (*naughty animals*) I haven’t tackled a furniture makeover in eons, but your perfect results always remind me to keep my eyes peeled for pieces with potential! We finally had our first frost, and the trees have shed their leaves. Still trying to psyche myself up for the cold. Here’s wishing you a lovely Wednesday, Sarah!
SarahNovember 10, 2021 at 9:02 am
Good morning, Peggi! Thank you! My first plan was to stain it a warmer or medium wood color, but once we discovered that it was made of 3 different wood types and had some MDF thrown in there, I knew it wouldn’t be possible- so I opted for black. I’m pleased with how it turned out… not bad for a cheap little table! The scale of it is so nice- I feel like it could really live anywhere in our house. I styled it and starting taking photos without screwing it to the wall and of course Crosby came barreling through and tipped it over. Haha! So that was short lived- I attached it to the wall pretty quickly after that, but have since had to move it. Oof! Those dogs!! We also had our first morning frost this week, which reminded me I need to finish winterizing outside and swap my window boxes. I feel like I have lots on the to-do list before it’s officially winter. Here’s to a productive weekend ahead outside. Hope you have an awesome day, my friend! xo
ColleenNovember 10, 2021 at 6:31 am
Fantastic makeover Sarah! The table is lovely and you did a superb job. I’m not sure I would have the patience in sanding the fluting on the legs, that looked quite tedious. I think I might have painted it instead but of course the results wouldn’t have been the same. I have a ton of furniture makeovers sitting in the garage, I have not started yet. A dining table with 8 chairs and a coffee table 🙄 We had so many projects in this house and also have spent several weeks this summer at our cottage working on project after project I can’t seem to get motivated to start. Maybe today is the day, you definitely have a knack for inspiration and creating enthusiasm 😉
Great makeover and cheers for getting things done 🥂🥳🥰
SarahNovember 10, 2021 at 8:58 am
Thank you, Colleen! To be fair- Emmett did all of the sanding. Haha! It definitely took him awhile on the fluted legs. I’m with you on the pile of furniture I have that needs to be refinished or reupholstered. Sometimes you just have to leave it be until inspiration and motivation strikes. You’ve been so busy and working hard on your cottage, it’s totally understandable you need a recharging break. Maybe your dining set and coffee table would be a great 2022 project? Enjoy the holidays ahead! That’s my plan anyway :) I’m putting the little things on the back burner. Or- if you feel the urge to tackle that coffee table today, you go!! I definitely have more productive chapters and phases than others. I hope you have a lovely day! Is it cooling down there yet? xo
StacyNovember 10, 2021 at 6:36 am
Ok from that first photo I honestly thought this was lacquered – the coverage and gloss on that stain is gorgeous! Well done, and seems like it was a (relatively) quick and fun little project in the midst of all the office chaos 🙂
SarahNovember 10, 2021 at 8:54 am
Thanks, Stacy! I love how glossy the finish turned out! It has proved to be durable, too. We’ve already had to move it (thanks to my office renovation), and despite multiple room shifts, I haven’t noticed any scuffs or marks. Here’s to hoping I find a permanent spot for it soon. Ha! Have a great day!
Danna FNovember 10, 2021 at 8:22 am
Such a cutie! Love this color and it is beautiful with the picture and tray! I want one now! It is such a transitional piece that you will find several places in your home to put the table.
You did a great job with the legs. Seeing them finished gives me encouragement that I can tackle my grandparents kitchen table & chairs. Maybe after the holidays?! Happy Wednesday.
SarahNovember 10, 2021 at 8:34 am
Thanks, Danna! I can’t wait to see how your grandparent’s table and chairs turn out! That sounds like a perfect project for 2022- and what a special set :) Have a great Wednesday!
LaurenNovember 10, 2021 at 8:34 am
Good morning Sarah! And wow!! I love the way it turned out-that glossy smooth finish is absolutely stunning, and really took the table up a notch in my opinion. I adore the fluted leg detail, and the fact that it attaches to the wall. Super score for $10!
I’m taking notes regarding the stain you chose, and the brush you used. I have a China hutch I’d love to refinish. It’s mission style, and the tone of the wood really isn’t my favorite. I’ve long thought it would be gorgeous with a deep black stain, or just a better stain color in general. I’m always lost with sanding though. What the proper grit would be to start out without damaging anything, etc. Your projects always invigorate me to brainstorm, but so far I haven’t had the tone to take it beyond that. Lol. Any tips for working on such a large scale piece would be appreciated! I love the results you got, and I’m determined to get going on one of the many pieces I have. Thanks for sharing the details Sarah! Have a happy Wednesday! Xo
Dawn DavisNovember 12, 2021 at 1:49 pm
Beautiful! And I love that it has two legs. Truly petite.
SarahNovember 12, 2021 at 6:01 pm
Thanks, Dawn! It’s such a great size. Have a wonderful weekend!
JohannaMay 5, 2022 at 7:55 pm
I’m curious about the choice of stain versus paint. I’ve not refinished furniture before and I have a small painted bookcase I’d like to repurpose for dining room storage. I plan to sand and refinish, maybe some Kills?, but I thought I’d paint it. I love the look of your table and perhaps I should use the stain you used. The gloss is a good look. Did you decide or is there something you know about stain?
SarahMay 8, 2022 at 5:01 pm
Thank you, Johanna! It’s really just a personal / aesthetic preference. Glossy stain seemed to work well for this table and was the look I was going for. I hope that helps :)