Drum Table Makeover

Hello lovely Friends! It’s a fresh new year and I am excited to kick it off with one of my favorite things in the whole world…a thrifty makeover! This one is a real trash-to-treasure project.

I really worked hard last year to whittle down my to-do project pyramid that has consumed my garage, so I have enjoyed thrifting again guilt-free lately. (I may or may not be meeting my maximum capacity in the garage again. #oopsie)

A couple of weeks before Christmas I picked up this drum table for $20:


This thing was is really sad shape! It had definitely seen better days. It looked like it had been left outside in the elements for quite a while, and I wasn’t sure how it would clean up, plus the drawer would not close.

I’m so glad I took a chance on it because it turned out to be a beauty!

Drum table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Luckily the drawer was an easy fix.

Drum table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

The top was so dried out that I could scratch the finish right off with my fingernail. You could clearly see how much it had faded as compared to the inside of the drawer in the before photo.

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Reviving this pretty table wasn’t hard to do at all. I was able to sand the top quickly with my rotary sander. Then I used Minwax pre-stain wood conditioner:

Minwax pre-stain wood conditioner

I applied it with a clean soft cloth. This allows the wood to absorb the stain more evenly. Then I applied two coats of Minwax stain in Dark Walnut. After that was dry, I sealed it with two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly

Minwax Wipe-On Poly

I used a clean soft cloth to apply each of those as well. (Wear gloves and apply in a well-ventilated area!)

Here is the transformation:
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The top up close after sealing:

Drum table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I was thrilled to see that beautiful rich wood come back to life.

Drum table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Now it matches the insides again.Drum table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

The base is painted in Fluff from Dixie Belle Paint. The pink and white striped dresser I shared a couple of weeks ago was done with their paint as well. They sent me several samples to try it out and I really love it. ( I am under no obligation to share my thoughts on it, btw.) What I love about it besides the no-prep factor, is I only had to paint two coats for perfect coverage. I usually need three when painting something white.

Drum table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Another thing I love is this color. I usually use a pure white, but this is just a tad softer and I really love it.

Drum table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I used 220 grit sandpaper to shabby the edges of the base just a bit. Then I sealed it with clear wax.


The metal feet doo-dads are missing, but I think they look fine without them.

Drum table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I just dropped this off at my booth on Saturday. I’m kinda wishing I would have kept it after seeing the photos!

Drum table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


$20 Thrift Store Drum table makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

One thrifty makeover down, many more to follow in the year ahead!

If you liked this makeover, you’ll enjoy this one too:


Farmhouse Hutch

I’ll be back with my Get Your DIY On girls on Thursday sharing our favorite DIY projects…maybe some you haven’t seen before!

UPDATE: Check out our own favorite projects from our Get Your DIY On series as we bid it a fond farewell HERE.



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  1. I always enjoy seeing the miracles you do with stuff most of us would have passed by! Keep it up!

    • Thank you, Rose!! In all honesty, I almost left this at the store ha ha. SO glad I didn’t! Happy New Year! XO

  2. Wow! that is gorgeous! Amazing what difference the conditioner makes! Wish I could find one just like it!

  3. Laura Lane says

    This is beautiful and what a classic!!!!! I have one of these but it has a “leather top” that doesn’t look so good. Have you ever dealt with one of those Christy? I would be interested in any advise that you may have as far as something I could put on to enrich the top. Thank you!

  4. I enjoy your post seeing the changes in furniture that would be discarded. After looking at your post over time I have a question about the finish that you would apply to a coffee table that would be placed in a family room and would receive a lot of abuse with children playing cars and other toys on the tabletop. This finish needs to be strong!

  5. Good morning Christy and Happy New year! That is a gorgeous makeover love the bones of that table and for $20 wow, great job! :))

  6. Pretty, pretty! I love the dark top with the white base! Practical AND stunning! Happy New Year!

  7. Marcie Lovett says

    Truly magnificent, Christy! It’s obvious the table was a beauty under all that neglect, and you made it shine. What a great find!

    • Thank you, Marcie! I just love drum tables and I was so happy to be able to bring this back to a beautiful piece! 🙂

  8. Susan Williams says


    As always- you did a fabulous job!

  9. I absolutely love it. It would fit perfectly with my treasures. The top is stunning.

  10. Tina Matteson says

    It is truly amazing how beautiful that little old table looks now… the detail on the legs, especially! Love it.

    • Thanks, Tina! It was a lovely piece to start…so glad I was able to bring it back! XOXO

  11. I love the dark top on this piece, nice contrast.

  12. Sherry Stuifbergen says

    I love the table with the pretty stained top. YES, you should have kept it because it looks spectacular in your house beside the sofa. Such talent! I bet you are tempted to keep alot of your gorgeous make-overs. Love your blog.

    • Thank you so much, Sherry! And I think you’re right…just might go get it back from my shop ha ha! I do try to be disciplined with my makeovers, but this fit so well in my space! XO

  13. It looks great, Christy! That wood revived so beautifully. I can see this piece being used in almost any area of someone’s home.

    • Thanks, Paula! I love drum tables and I was thrilled to see that pretty wood come back to life! XO

  14. chris aka monkey says

    no doubt this table is gorgeous now, but that table lamp knocked my socks off xx

    • Thanks, Chris! That lamp is one of a pair I scored on the clearance at TJ Max a couple of years ago. Aren’t they so pretty?? I paid $29 for each and then a couple of months later, I saw more in stock at regular price! Glad I got them when I did! XO

  15. Stunning makeover Christy! And Happy New Year! x

  16. Every living room in the 1950’s had one of these drum-top tables in it. I’m so glad you didn’t paint the top! You did a great job on this piece. I particularly like how you showed photos of the steps in the process . . . very impressive. Thank you!

    • Thank you, Carol…I’m so glad you enjoyed this project! I love the pretty shape of it! 🙂

  17. GORGEOUS!!

  18. I noticed that your table does not have toe caps. You can purchase them from House of Antique Hardware. I also have rehabbed a drum table. I had to paint the top because whoever had it had sanded it with a belt sander and ruined the veneer. It was horrible. It came with 3 toe caps and I am awaiting for the 4th to come in the mail. Just a thought.

  19. This is simply beautiful. I can’t tell you enough how incredibly talented you are! Your staging on this table is beautiful as well. Nothing brings me more joy than seeing a new post of yours!

    • Aww you made my day with your sweet words, Angelia!! Thanks so much for following along with me and cheering me on!! XOXO

  20. Beautiful job, Christy! The top looks good as new now, maybe better than new 😉

    • Thanks, Jen!! I actually went and picked it up from my shop today ha ha…I just didn’t want to let it go! 🙂

  21. Quite lovely, Christy… Love the rich wood tone with the soft white. Seems it would actually fit with any style decor… mostly. 😉

  22. Quick guess: beadboard on the hutch!

    Anyway, LOVE this makeover! I normally hate distressed looks and stained wood, so it says a lot that I think this piece is absolutely fabulous! Nobody could have done a better job on it. It’s going to be sold soon!! <3 <3

    • Thank you, Zovesta! I’m so glad you like how it turned out, and I actually went and picked it up from my shop today ha ha. I just couldn’t let it go! XO

  23. I love this table! I’m so glad you always bring things back to life. It’s so sad seeing some things fade into the “junk pile.” I love the soft white with the darker stain, too. Such a homey feel!

    P.S. Love those candlesticks and the little white chest in the styling photos! I want them so bad!

    • Thanks, Megan! It really is sad to see what some people just toss aside…glad I was able to save this one! The candlesticks are from Pier 1, the box is a thrifty redo. 🙂

  24. Beautiful!!!!

  25. Annie (Canada) says

    Hi Christy, I love these drum tables and have been wanting to find one to restyle for myself! The top turned out beautifully, not to mention the entire piece is really pretty. Nice job! <3

    • Thanks, Annie! I love drum tables too, and I actually went by my shop and picked this back up today ha ha. I just couldn’t sell it, it looked so pretty next to my sofa! Hope you find one too! 😀

  26. First, sweet deal! Second, don’t you just love the Dixie Belle paint line? And last, nice save, it’s gorgeous! I would have had a hard time taking it to your booth too.

    • Thanks, Marie! YESSS love their paint!! I stopped by my booth and got this today to bring home…it looked so pretty staged next to my sofa so I’m keepin it! XOXO

  27. You are magic! Did you strip and stain the inside of the drawer?

    • Aww thank you, Roberta! I kept the inside of the drawer as is since it was in great condition. 🙂

  28. Candy Walsh says

    Beautiful! The wood top looks amazing~and I love Dixie Belle Paint as well! You’ve worked your magic once again! You have a true gift, I often wonder what the previous owners of some of your “trash” or “junk” would say if they could see it now! I promise they’d regret having it curbside, lol.

    • Thank you, Candy, you are so sweet! I often wonder that as well…sometimes it can be hard to see the potential these older pieces have! XO

  29. Lora Eggertz says

    Very nice:)

  30. Robyn Gist says

    Gorgeous! I have the exact same table only with the gold doo-dad feet. I’ve been wanting to give it a make-over, and this was just the inspiration I needed! Thanks so much! Love all of your projects!

    • Thank you SO much, Robin! It always helps when you can see what your piece will look like painted…glad I could help! 🙂

  31. Beautiful! I love how dark the stain turned out on the top.