Quick DYI Furniture Refinish

Refinished Telephone After

Recently I stumbled across a cheap little telephone table at a thrift store while visiting family up north. It seemed like the perfect fit for our entry in the living room, and I thought I might be able to spruce it up to fit right in. As if that wasn’t convincing enough to buy it, my dad decided to get it for me. It turned out to be just $5, but free to me. I paid $18 for a quart of paint, borrowed my brothers sander, and viola! A few hours and less than $20 later and we have a cute little side table for our living room.

Telephone Table BeforeFirst things first, I collected my supplies:


Paint tray


Sand paper

Wet rag

Plastic tarps or garbage bags

Small paint brush

Foam roller

Drill or Screwdriver

Sanded Telephone TableOnce I got all my supplies, I removed the door on the stand and set the hardware aside.  After lightly sanding the stand with the electric sander, I went over the hard-to-reach places with a sheet of medium grit sandpaper. Once the finish was nice and roughed up, I made sure to wipe the table down really well with the wet washcloth so that none of the sawdust was left over to wreak havoc on my paint job.

When painting wood furniture, the trick to making sure there aren’t any roller or brush lines left over to haunt you later is to:

1.) Pick a foam roller made for cabinetry. The less nap on the roller, or the flatter it is, the more likely you’ll be left with a smooth finish when you are done.
2.) Pick up the same amount of paint with your roller each time, and use the tray to roll off excess.
3.) Don’t make too many passes in each coat of paint. Roll the paint on enough for coverage, but don’t go over and over the same area multiple times. As the paint dries, you will start forming roller lines that won’t dry away.
4. When using a brush, the finer the bristles are, the smoother your surface will be when all is said and done.

Telephone Table Project

I used my foam roller to paint everything but the bits and crevices that it wouldn’t reach. I used three coats of paint, letting each coat dry in between. When all was said and done, the project took me just a few hours.

Refinished Telephone Table

Here’s our finished table. Let me know what you think!


About amy

I'm a crafter, a wife, a gardener, an aunt, a sister, a daughter, an entertainer, a reader, a creator. I like to read and paint and cook and relax with friends. Life is a gift, and I live it to the fullest!
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