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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

$5 Table Make-over

Here's the table I picked up this weekend for $5.
How do I decide if I'm going to buy a piece of furniture at a yard sale? Three easy rules:
1. Must be solid wood
2. Must have good lines (character, shape, etc.)
3. Must be a great deal
This table met all my requirements. So, yesterday me, the table and a can of Rustoleum's Heirloom white had a date. And here's the results...
Are you loving the metal lamp I picked up for $10 while garaging this weekend? It came from a model home that the owners purchased fully decorated. They said they've been having yard sales to get rid of all the decor they don't like. One man's trash... Here's a closer look and my new table.
Is it a keeper? You ask. No. This will be posted on craigslist later today. It's a little smaller than some other tables I've redone and it's pine, not oak- So I'm thinking $45. Let me know what you think. Love, Kelly

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Trash To Treasure Tuesday @ Reinvented
Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junky
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  1. Do you put a protective coating on your tables after spray painting and then sanding them or do you just leave them as is? I think $45 is a fair price, but that's just my personal opinion. reader here and I love your blog! Inspired by you, I recently picked up an antique record player/radio and gutted it last night, with the intention of making it into a storage cabinet to resell on craigslist. Any profit is welcome since I got it for free AND I have all of the materials to redo it already in my garage!

  2. Wow, that is a nice solid table and it turned out great. Like you I love my can of heirloom white! Have a nightstand for my daughter's room ready for the transformation!
    Found you at the gypsy's corner three or more tuesday.

  3. Beautiful! I'd pay $45 dollars for it.

    I think you're right on with your rules. I've painted things that aren't solid wood before, and they end up looking like a not so solid painted piece.

  4. The table is beautimus and I love the lamp too! Great score!

  5. I LOVE your table! How do you do the distressed finish?

  6. Hello
    So you don't prime the table first or anything? You just go at it with the spray paint? Then Sand paper here and there?


  7. Love the table and the lamp. The distressing on both is wonderful. Great job. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  8. Absolutely LOVE furniture redos like this. Fun and functional; Great job!

  9. Love your makeover! Very pretty. Be blessed. Cindy

  10. Let me answer a few of the questions:
    I usually don't apply a protective finish. If you're refinishing an item that will get lots of abuse (like a dining table) I would apply a coat of poly. Also, congrats on the radio redo- I'd love to see it.

    On this particular piece, I just sanded the top of the table and went right to the spray paint. When there's legs with details or carving on furniture I just spray paint those- too difficult to try and sand and regular paint doesn't adhere as well.

    To distress I use a sanding block with fine sanding paper. Just give it a light touch here and there.

    Thanks for all the comments!

  11. Wow, this is fab. I think I may need to go yard saleing this weekend! Totally inspired.


  12. great find! thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday! Mandy,

  13. Kelly, can I ask another question too? When you use primer what do you use? I made the mistake of trying to start stripping the varnish off of a childs rocker I found and on my gosh was that the biggest mistake ever.

    I first started with KILLZ water based primer (didn't go so well... would need to many coats to count to cover the varnish), then I tried an oil based version. Still doesn't cover well. I finally found an online tutorial and they use BIN shellac primer in a spray can. I haven't tried it, but was wondering what you use. I'm very intrigued that you didn't use a primer on this piece, especially since it has varnish on it. It was such a big mistake to attempt the paint stripper. Talk about labor intensive. I just wanted it painted white for goodness sake!

  14. This looks like a totally different table! I love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing @ Anything Related!!

  15. Tamara,
    I generally use Kilz water based for items I can sand and Kilz oil base for intricate areas that can't be sanded. Spray paint happens to stick to vanish really well (hence the reason I didn't prime this table) It's when the original finish is chipped or peeling that you really need to prime. On your rocker, I would just give it a light sanding, use a can of cheap spray paint (the .97 cent stuff) then paint over that with Rustoleum. The cheap spray paint is an excellent primer. Good Luck.

  16. Hi..I’m Barb..I am popping over from Tip Junkie. I love the table..what a great find & job you did!!! I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @
    & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

  17. Super cute table! It turned out great!

  18. I did my entire kitchen in Heirloom White! It's a fantastic color isn't it?? Your little $5 table looks like a million bucks now!

    Come on over for a Blogiversary Giveway. A sterling/gem necklace is to be had! Would love to see you there.

  19. Hi,

    I love the table..that creamy white always does the trick. ♥

    I'm visiting for Three or More Tuesday.

    I'd love for you to drop in for a visit when
    have a free moment.

    Have a wonderful day...

    Stephanie ♥

  20. I love love love it. Now I want to do a whole room in this color with garage sale finds!