I picked up these two end tables on Saturday at our local thrift store. They were only $5 each and are solid wood.
I sanded with course and then fine sand paper. The painting took a lot longer than I expected. I applied two coats of Kilz primer and three coats of white semi-gloss paint. I did all of this with a 2 inch foam brush for a smooth finish. Then I took my sander to the edges and applied dark walnut stain over the entire piece and wiped it off. I sprayed the brass colored handles on the drawers with oil rubbed bronze spray paint. I picked up the baskets at Michaels today for half off. I couldn't be happier with the results. I love them!!!
I was getting tired of the red on the back of my built in shelves so I decided to brighten it up with some bead board.
It ended up being a bigger project than I expected. I pretty much did this by myself. I am getting good with the skill saw. I went and bought myself a nail gun last week. It was on sale for $20 and I had a coupon for an additional 20% off so I got it for $16!!! I had to chalk all the seams and nail holes. I love this new look.