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A Side Table Makeover

Hola friends, this is a great day for the Red Sox to win the World Series, isn’t it?????? I think so!

The other day I told you about how I’m obsessed with our paint sprayer and wish I had bought it years ago. I’ve used it to paint our deck spindles and railing, garage doors, front door, some of the exterior trim and a few pieces of furniture.

Last winter I found this little side table at the Habitat Restore that is near my son’s school. Whenever I have a few minutes to kill between pickups and dropoffs I pop in there. In addition to furniture the restore has oodles of castoff doors, hardware, even trim. You never know what you might find!

When my husband saw it he said, “WHY? WHY, honey? Can’t we just buy new furniture like normal people?” But can I just tell you how HEAVY this little table is? It is SOLID wood. Ever since I started perusing furniture thrift stores, I am truly amazed at the difference in quality between some of the new furniture that is in popular, trendy stores today, and old pieces that are solidly constructed of REAL WOOD. And hi, it was $10. I couldn’t leave it.

Plus I like finding pieces that have a little character. And this one had “character” all right.

Here it is today, still with her imperfections, but a little more polished.

I stripped the finish off the top piece because it was peeling off already, then sanded the whole table. After priming and painting every nook and cranny with the sprayer, I brushed on gold acrylic craft paint (which sadly, doesn’t photograph well). The gold interior is my favorite part of this piece! It’s not in-your-face but gives this piece a little *SHA-ZAM* and personality!

I Rub n Buffed the original hardware, which I think is so pretty, and still need to clean up that line where the gold meets the black with a gold paint pen (please remind me not to use blue painters tape ever again, the bleed through makes me crazy!)

Thanks to a hidden hole in the back of this space, this little shelf has become the perfect place to charge my laptop.

The key thing I have found with spraying furniture is that it is imperative to PRIME your piece first, and thoroughly. Since the sprayer requires the paint to be a thin viscosity, I water down the paint (water-based paint that is) and then coat the pieces several times. Drying time is quick because the coats are thin. For any piece of furniture that is going to get touched, I would recommend a coat or two of wipe-on poly to give your paint job some longevity (particularly important if the furniture is coming into this house of maniacs!)
Have you seen this video that was on Yahoo and has been circulating around Facebook? I have watched it with my family no less than four times and every time the sweetness of this baby’s expression brings tears to my eyes. It’s a true testament to the bond between mama and baby, and also proves just how powerful music is. Watch it to the end, it’s worth it!!

Have a wonderful day and GO SOX!!!!

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Thursday 31st of October 2013

The video didn't work for me. Boo! But that table! LOVE those lines. You can't buy new furniture like that. :)

Adelina Priddis

Thursday 31st of October 2013

It turned out fabulous Lisa. Yay Sox!

That video of the baby is too adorable!

pam {simple details}

Thursday 31st of October 2013

Oh my gosh, is that the sweetest baby! What a gorgeous transformation, you know I'm all over the gold! You're really convincing me I need a paint sprayer, too! We got to go to the World Series when the Rockies were in it 7 years ago, crazy fun!! I'll root for your team!


Wednesday 30th of October 2013

I am just loving the gold interior. It's the first thing I noticed. I just blogged about my 85 dollar dresser find. I am so in love with it. And truly I am also obsessed with filling my home with repurposed furniture. I can't fathom spending thousands when gorgeou pieces are out there just waiting for spray paint!!!!!!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door

Wednesday 30th of October 2013

I'm with you. You can't pass over a $10 table! You made it look like a million bucks! And oy, I don't think I'll be able to watch tonights game. :)