Monday, April 2, 2012

Another Cheap Trick: New Life for an Old Table

we have been in desperate need of an end table for way too long, but the furniture budget was pretty much maxed out when i agreed to let B buy the leather reclining sectional of his dreams. yeah, it's pretty much a man couch, but at least it's comfy.

anyway, i went to goodwill last week on a mission. i was bound and determined to find an affordable end table. nothing fancy, mind you, or even stylish. just something with potential.

only $25? sold!
well, for $25 i got stuck with this:


can you see the potential here? i sure could! a bit of sanding, a couple cans of white spray paint (the kind with paint and primer in one), a small container of yellow furniture paint, a can of blue spray paint, a little bit more sanding and...voila!

i'm in love!

i almost didn't distress it, but B suggested it and it made all the difference. go B! he has surprisingly good taste. ;)

i kept the distressing light, so it wouldn't look like i tried too hard.

when all was said and done, this table cost me under $40 and only took me 3 days of working after i put mack to bed to finish it. totally worth it!

tips for bringing new life to old furniture:

  • get an electric sander. they aren't expensive and they save you so much time
  • don't be afraid of color, but remember that a little bit goes a long way...unless that's the look you're going for. i don't judge. ;)
  • have a pack of q-tips handy. when painting small, detailed areas, these are a must, because even the steadiest hands get tired. seriously, get the q-tips. you'll thank me later.
  • look past the ugly. this table looked sad, dated, and damaged when i bought it, but it had one redeeming feature - the scrolling on the drawer. if you can find a focal point on the piece, it may be worth saving.
  • sand between coats (except for the small areas of color). this will keep your finish smooth and prevent the next coat from bubbling. a fine grit (i used 240) sandpaper is the way to go.
fyi - my upcoming projects include recovering the ottoman and refinishing a lamp to go on the table. i'm so excited!


J.o.s.e.y said...

The table looks awesome! I wish I had the eye to see the potential in furniture like that.

Andrea said...

Love that!! You're so crafty!

DandelionBreeze... previously NYMum said...

That looks fantastic :)) You're very clever xoxo

Stephanie said...

Beautiful! I've only redone one piece of furniture, it was the changing table/dresser for my daughter's nursery, but I had SO much fun doing it! I can't wait to do it again, and you have now inspired me.

Lola said...

wow it looks amazing!!

mommy someday said...

The table looks wonderful! Great job! :-)

Ashley at flats to flip flops said...

Love it! I would have never thought of the blue and yellow, but it is great!

Tiffany said...

So cute!!!

Maria said...

WOW! i'm in love with it...i love yellow and blue together. it totally looks like you spent big bucks for such a great price. i love that. you've got some major talent :)
thank you so much for your kind words on my last post. i truly appreciate your support <3
wishing you, mack and b a wonderful holiday weekend!

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