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!



I picked up one brass lamp on Facebook Marketplace for $10 and the other for $7 at Goodwill. (I decided not to use the glass one in the photo above.) The Goodwill lamp was a little shorter than the other one so I added a $2 chunky candlestick to the top! They work together perfectly! And then there's the table tops...



Originally, I was going to use small wood table tops from the hardware store, but the size I wanted was $16 each, so I looked around. While I was at Goodwill, I found these microwave plates (the kind that sit inside your microwave and spin) for $2 each!



I started by removing the cord and light fixture from each lamp and made sure they were nice and clean. I first tried silicone as my adhesive, but found that there is too much give with silicone. Construction adhesive was my best friend for assembling these tables!


process and tutorial for making tables out of lamps


Once everything was attached, level, and cured I sprayed them with several coats of Rustoleum Painter's Touch spray paint in flat black.


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!


black pedestal end tables made 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!


One Room Challenge Week 1


One Room Challenge Week 2




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