HERE’S HOW I TRANSFORMED THESE OLD THRIFT STORE OCTAGON TABLES WITH PAINT AND CANE WEBBING | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hi beautiful #sifamily! I hummed and hawed whether to buy these octagon tables. I have mixed feelings about them. They’re not a popular shape these days. But I decided to challenge myself and see if I could update them. Today I’m sharing how I transformed these octagon tables with some rattan-cane mesh and a gorgeous neutral color. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
It’s also Furniture Fixer Uppers Day and I’m joining my FFU crew and sharing links to their projects down below. I hope you join me in visiting their before and afters too.
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Here’s the thrift store octagon table set I started with. I thought they were selling for $22.99 for the set as it had x2 on the tag. So did the young boy who wrote the receipt for me to bring to the front. I paid and brought my FUV to the pick-up area. Once I started loading them up, another associate came out and said I only paid for one and needed to come back in to pay for the other. I don’t mind as buying thrift helps other non-profits in the area but they weren’t quite the deal I thought they were.
There were also a few repairs needed like this damaged corner.
Overall, really nice solid well-built pieces though. They don’t make furniture like they used to, that’s for sure!
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Octagon End Tables – SALVAGED
White Lightning Cleaner
BIN Shellac Based Primer
Astro EuroPro Spray Gun 1.7mm
Pneumatic Staple Gun
Whitecap SILK Mineral Paint
Sand Castle SILK Mineral Paint
Brasso Metal Polisher
Natural Cane Webbing
OCTAGON TABLE MAKEOVER
Here’s how these end tables all came together…
I gave these tables a cleaning with White Lightning. making sure to rinse my sponge and wipe with clean water to remove any residue before unscrewing all the hardware.
REMOVE DATED PANELS
These tables had me stumped so I asked everyone on Facebook what to do with them. You all came up with some AWESOME ideas! Dog or cat bed, indoor or outdoor planters, decorative stop signs, glow-in-the-dark night tables for kids, and more!
I decided to remove these dated panels using my multi-tool. It took me over 3 hours to remove 4 inside panels. I think I used the wrong tool but it was a learning experience.
FILL – SAND – PRIME
Besides removing the panels on the four swinging doors, I removed the dated plate on the third panel on each table. To fill in the large ‘scar’ I used heavy-duty Bondo. Once the Bondo was dry and sanded smooth, I filled in all the little leftover divots with this Dixie Belle Mudd Filler. Then I sanded until everything was perfectly smooth, including the damaged corner, and then gave it two coats of primer.
Now for the fun part! For the base coat, I created a custom color using Sand Castle SILK Mineral Paint and White Cap SILK Mineral Paint. I’m not sure the exact measurements because I eyeballed it but it was approximately 2/3 Sand Castle to 1/3 White Cap. I thinned the paint with 10% water and sprayed it through my paint gun for a perfectly smooth and flawless finish. Can you see where the Bondo fill was? Pretty amazing disappearing act, right?!
HOW TO ADD CANE WEBBING
To create a ‘modern’ look for these end tables, I added this natural cane webbing that I bought on Amazon. I’ve been wanting to try this for years. I love the look of all-natural rattan/cane. I’m so happy I finally tried it on some furniture and will be using this on future projects! The key to making it simple is by soaking it in warm water for 30 minutes. This cane is an all-natural material and can be tough to work with when dry. By soaking it, the cane gets very flexible and easier to work with.
Here’s how I installed it onto the doors –
- I rolled out the cane webbing and secured it flat with a paint can and clamps
- Measured the door opening
- Measured the cane webbing adding an inch and a half to each side
- I cut the cane webbing using this rotary cutting tool – works amazing!
- Soaked the webbing in warm water for 30 minutes
- Layed it on a towel to remove most of the moisture
- Stapled it in with my pneumatic staple gun
- Cut off the excess with a utility knife
- Adding trim for a finished look is optional
CLEAN & ADD HARDWARE
To clean up the grungy hinges I used Brasso. Brasso is a metal polisher that is easy to use – rub on rub off. I poured a little onto the hinges and rubbed with a dollar store brush. Then using a towel I wiped them down. As for the original pulls, one was missing and it looked too old for the new look. I tried out a few brushed brass handles and knobs but I didn’t like the look. They were too close together. I’ll be buying this door clasp magnetic door catch mechanism for a cleaner look.
Here’s the finished look. Don’t they look more modern and fresh?! The two paint colors I mixed created a gorgeous neutral and it pairs so well with the rattan!
I also wanted to photograph the damaged corner lip that I shared with you at the top of this post… but after I filled, sanded, and painted, I’m not sure which corner it was…lol.
And I’m impressed with how easy it was to install this cane straight. I was worried that it would end up crooked and loosey-goosey but it’s taut and perfectly lined up. Not bad for a first attempt. And I love sharing this because if I can do it YOU can do it! 🙂
As I mentioned, I tried out a longer handle and I even had two octagon brushed brass pulls (which I was SURE I was going to use on this makeover) but I much prefer the clean look. What do you think? Would you prefer knobs or handles?
PIN FOR LATER 🥰
Here’s the full step-by-step video. Our #siyoutubefamily is already a community of 42.9K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU!
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative FFU ladies do! Below are the BEFORE photos. Visit the links provided to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well!
2. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at this end table set before and after. I hope it has inspired you and given you some ideas for your upcoming furniture painting projects.
Wishing you a fabulous rest of the week and weekend. I’ll see you Saturday with the full video and I’ll be back next Tuesday to share where to find free furniture!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS OCTAGON TABLE SET AND FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy painting my friends!