Retro Henredon End Table Makeover

Before I launch into this fantastic furniture makeover, I wanted to update you on our moving situation. Lots of news! So, we sold our home in Georgetown last week! Yay! We are so happy to be past this big hump but also sad. This house has truly become a home and we love it. However, we are confident in where God is leading us, to Fort Smith, Arkansas, and we actually close on a house up there tomorrow!

This is a bit of a bold move for the type-A, perfectionist, think-everything-through-for-a-long-time, home-loving person in me. Because I haven’t seen the house. Gasp. I went up to Arkansas for the weekend and we didn’t find anything we loved. And then literally a day later this house went on the market. We knew it would go fast, so after seeing pictures and talking about it, we took the plunge.

We move on Saturday (yes, this Saturday, after my graduation), and I cannot wait to see the house. All the pictures I have seen show a wonderful, yet very dated home. Fortunately, we paid A LOT less than what we had budgeted for a new home, leaving us able to do a lot of work to it in the future. Which is perfect for me considering how picky particular I am about, well, everything related to a home.

So, I am already making lists, Pinning, and planning our home projects. Which means, there will be LOTS to blog about! When we get in I plan to post pictures and my ideas, so stay tuned.

Onto the furniture!

This piece is another awesome garage sale find! I always peek inside drawers to see if I can find out the manufacturer (and look for high-quality dove tail drawers). I want to work on quality pieces that will withstand the love of a family. When I saw “Henredon” stamped inside the drawer of this table, I had to look it up. Turns out Henredon is a fantastic high end furniture manufacturer (see here). Score!



You can see here that the top of the table, and sides, have a pattern of sorts. I decided to do a more creative piece and work with it.

I have been dying to try the ASCP yellow, Arles. I recently visited my ASCP retailer and stocked up on paint since my new home doesn’t have a retailer. I picked up a sample pot of Arles and couldn’t wait to get going!

The hubs and I found this sign at a recent garage sale and bought it because I really really want a pool at our new place. I love the colors in the sign and used it for inspiration. The teal and yellow combo is lovely.

I started by taping off the “inserts” on the sides and top. The edges and legs got a good coat of Duck Egg. If the rest of the wood finish on the table looked this good, I probably would have left it like this. No go.


I waited for it to dry well and then I taped the other way and painted the inserts Arles. When I took the tape off I knew I made a good choice. However, I didn’t want it too pastel-y and look like an Easter egg so I did my dark stain distress technique to warm it up.

Looks awesome.

The brass handle was one of the things I loved about the piece, and since brass is “in” right now I wanted to bring it back to its former glory. I accomplished this with a lil’ tube of wonderful, Rub ‘n Buff.

Have you heard of it? Used it? Well if not, you should! This was my first experience and it was cake.

The name gives you directions. I chose Grecian Gold so it would be bright and hopefully closest to the original sheen.

First, I wiped off the handle. I squirted a lil’ on my finger and rubbed it in all over the metal.

Then, I used a soft cloth and buffed to make it a little shiny.

And that’s it. Bam! Lookin fly.

Rub ‘n Buff comes in TONS of colors and I can’t wait to try more! You can use it on more than metal too (like wood!).

So after I put the hardware back on she was done and looking amazing.

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What do you think? I’m in love. Not sure yet if it is staying or going….

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