Side table makeover

Hello long lost friends. I took a little hiatus from blogging about my projects, but trust me when I say that the projects never stopped. Today I would like to share this little side table that I found at my secret stash (AKA Goodwill). The bones were in pretty good shape, so I decided to do a little cleaning and painting and make it loved again! Here is the table after cleaning and before someone allowed a paint brush in my hand. (As per usual, please forgive my awful photos. But I guess that’s what I should expect when I take pictures in a dark and dingy garage with a cell phone. You gotta do what you gotta do.)

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I began by painting the legs and sides with a lovely robin’s egg blue that I scored from Home Depot as a “mistint” for $0.50. It’s creepy how excited I get about a good bargain. Here’s the table after step one.

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Next, I painted the tops a creamy white color (also a $0.50 “mistint”) and busted out the sandpaper. I distressed the tops and legs to give it a worn look.

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I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. I’m no expert in “furniture flipping,” but I think it’s way more beautiful than the retro table it once was. It’s now waiting to be adopted by a loving family at the Sweet Ashley’s Cottage booth at the Alton Exchange. What do you think? Do you love bringing furniture back to life too?

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Flea Market Find: TV Stand

Flea markets and garage sales can be your best friend people. I found a sturdy table at a local flea market that would serve perfectly as a TV stand because it had a shelf for my cable box and DVD player. I went to Home Depot and picked out two colors that I liked and got them in the little sample jars and set to work. I used a stencil that I already had from doing an accent wall in the living room to give it a little flair. Note: if you do a project like this, you might want to drill a hole in the back so that you can feed your cords through it.

IMAG1066Don’t mind my cords, I’m obviously horrible at staging photos.

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I wish I had a before picture, but it has been lost in the shuffle of the past few months of craziness. It was originally a hunter green and looked pretty scuffed up and masculine, so of course I had to do something about that right away.  I bought the table quite a while ago, but I believe I spent about $30 or $40 on it. All in all a pretty simple and inexpensive project that is very functional. A coat of paint can do wonders!

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