Wednesday, April 30, 2014

End Table Make-Over DIY Project

If you are like me DIY projects are a way of life.  Even if a person does have $$ money coming out of their ears there's just something about the feeling of accomplishment that makes one keep do things themselves.  Not to mention it will always be unique. No one will be able to go down to the store and buy the same thing. Why? Because it's totally your own, stamped with your branding iron all over it. :-)
I am pumped! I've gotten to go to 2 yard sales already this season. Really itchin for more but the weather has not been conducive to such activity. Just like this week is one big rain, I'm wondering if I've been transplanted to the rainforest somehow.
At any rate! I found 2 of these dark brown/moldy tables at a yard sale that were at a price I knew was worth trying my hand at a furniture make-over.  Something I had not yet done but was dying to try. Not to mention, half scared cause I was afraid of botching it good and proper. Now if you are one of those people who likes/prefers the above look then I probably did botch it. LOL
These are strong/sturdy end tables so working with them was a breeze for a 1st timer.  The first thing I did with these gems was clean them real good with bleach water.  Then one at a time I sanded and blah blah blah.  You know the steps. You don't need me explaining it :-)
Obviously, you can tell from this picture that this was #1. I got the look by painting it white, sanding it in the areas that I wanted the worn look, and then stained it with English Chestnut (my favorite). The combo of white and English Chestnut will always produce the perfect vintage look.
While strolling through Home Depot I noticed they had several "OOPS" cans sitting on the paint station counter for a good price. Wouldn't you know they had an Aqua shade. I was thrilled!! I love this color and it is a popular. Talk about a good day!  The camera does not do this beauty justice.
An up-close of some of the worn areas.
I love how it turned out! I'm in the process of working with a local store that sells home décor to purchase my DIY projects. I'm hoping that the owner likes these enough to buy them. I'm pretty sure she will after walking through her barn and seeing her style :-) We are kindred spirits.
Have a great day and hope I've given you something to think about if you come across an old piece of outdated furniture. I've proven its quite simple to give them new life.

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  1. Hi Susanna, I'm visiting from the Home and Garden Thursday Party. I love your pretty aqua table - it makes the pretty detailing on the front pop. Good luck with your potential sales at your local home decor store!
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

    1. Thanks so much for visiting. The aqua table is my favorite. If it don't sell I have a place for it :-)

  2. That would be wonderful to sell that way...keeping my fingers crossed for you! The little table turned out absolutely beautiful! I love that would work in so many different designs. Great job!

    1. Thanks Melanie!! Hope you have a great weekend.

  3. WOW great job. Love both tables because one never know what someone will want for their home. I love the aqua color too for the shabby or beach cottage look as that is so in right now and I think it will fly out the door. Best of luck with selling at your local store. You will have so much fun. Thanks for sharing your project.
    Have a great weekend.


  4. great color! Beautifully done! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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