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One Room Challenge Week 3: Furniture Flips

You didn't think I was going to do this basement makeover without a few easy DIYs and furniture transformations did you?! To say it's been a busy week is an understatement, because I worked on TWO different types of furniture makeovers. And one is pretty unconventional!

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black pedestal end table made out of a lamp base and microwave tray.

DIY end tables made out of lamps

DIY End Tables

The end tables we had in the basement were just too modern and boxy for this transformation so I wanted to find something with more of a vintage flair.

My inspiration tables were over $200 a piece so I scoured Facebook Marketplace for pedestal tables to refinish, but found they were still more than I wanted to spend. I did a little digging on Pinterest, as always, and was inspired to make end tables from something unexpected - lamp bases!

You can see the full tutorial for these DIY Pedestal Tables here!

No one would ever know the origin of these tables! Except if they read this blog post, lol! The total cost of this project was $27 for 2 gorgeous end tables that are going to look perfect in our lounge area!

process and tutorial for making tables out of lamps

Craft Table Flip

When we upgraded our kitchen table last summer, our small black table moved down to the basement and Jackson uses it as a craft and work space. Having a place to make art, play games, and host poker nights was an important part of this design, but the table was scratched and the legs were heavily chewed, courtesy of Elliott's puppy days.

black wooden kitchen table sitting in the back yard with an orbital sander

Instead of looking for a new table, I sanded this table top down to the raw wood and was pleasantly surprised at the wood tone and quality. If you are looking for easy tips on how to sand and strip a table, you can find them here and here!

sanding paint off of a table top

pedestal kitchen table with light wood top and black base

I sanded away the chew marks with my orbital sander and gave the base a few coats of the color Pigeon by Farrow and Ball. I used extra paint from our family room bench last year so this table makeover was completely free! It's going to look absolutely stunning paired with the upholstered swoop arm chairs I was gifted from Woven Byrd and our new washable rug gifted by RugsUSA!

woven byrd swoop arm chairs with rugs usa washable rug and pedestal kitchen table with farrow and ball pigeon paint

pedestal kitchen table painted farrow and ball pigeon

What's Next

Fingers crossed, our paint and wallpaper supplies arrive soon so we can begin the BIG transformation in the basement! If we have all of our supplies in time, I'm hoping to work on all of that next week before we take a week of vacation.

raw wood top table

Thank you so incredibly much to Rugs USA and Woven Byrd for partnering with me on this makeover! You'll be seeing lots more about their beautiful projects as we start putting the room together toward the end of the challenge!

If you missed anything from the first few weeks of One Room Challenge, you can check them out here!

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Jan Hess
Jan Hess
Apr 22, 2022

you are amazingly creative

love the lamps and the table redos


take time to rest on vacation


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