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:

boring!

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!

9 comments:

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!
Ashley:)

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!
xoxo
maria

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