Thursday, June 28, 2018

Curbside Table Flip

Hello everyone and thanks for swinging by the blog today!

I know it's been a little more quiet than normal around her. I've been extra busy with the move to the new house and oh boy you guys--there have been soooo many heartbreaking and frustrating challenges that we've been faced with in the short month that we've owned this home. So many.

BUT--I'll have to save all of that for another post because today is Thrift Store Challenge day!

The Rules:
  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts - Gail | Purple Hues and Me
Yami | The Latina Next Door - Amanda | Domestically Creative
Marie | The Inspiration Vault - Ann | Duct Tape And Denim
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom - Lynne | My Family Thyme
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 - Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled 
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications - Chelc | Inside the Fox Den
Habiba | Craftify My Love

While we were working on removing the popcorn ceilings a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that a neighbor down the street had set this guy out for the trash.

Sure it was a little banged up, but you know how hard it is for me to pass up a good piece of furniture when I spot one!

So even though I had absolutely no idea when I would have time to work on it, I threw it in the back of my truck and brought it back to our new home with plans of refinishing it once renovations slowed down a little bit.

However last week I decided I just couldn't wait any longer to work on my new treasure! It got buried in the garage on move in day so I had Anthony dig it out (which he was thrilled about...) and decided to work on it for this month's challenge.

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Luckily the plexiglass instert popped right out which was a nice surprise since I was originally planning on just planking directly over it instead of fighting it out.

I then ran over the wood with a damp rag to clean the dirt and grime off of it.

I whipped up some of my DIY chalk paint which is just basic latex paint with a little bit of Plaster of Paris mixed in.  I always use about a tablespoon per cup of paint.

Then I grabbed my paint brush, plopped down, got comfy and started painting!  As you can see in the picture below, the first coat didn't have great coverage so I added a second one once it dried.

I picked up a couple of 1x4 pine boards from Lowes and made sure to choose the straighest ones I could find.

I then measured out how much overhang on the sides 5 boards would create. It turned out to be 1.5" so 3/4" on either side.  I then added 1.5" to the length of the table to create the same overhang lengthwise. I used our miter saw to cut the boards and then attached them to the table top with liquid nails. Easy peasy!

I also attached a faux drawer which is just a 1x4 with a pull to hide that little opening that the table had cut on the side.  I think it was used to feed cords through? Not sure, but I knew that it needed to be covered!

It's actually the one that I made for my $20 Simply DIY Side Table that fell off during the move but it happened to be the perfect size and I was too crunched on time to make another one. I used painters tape to hold it in place while the liquid nails dried.

The next day I sanded the boards down and stained them with Miniwax Dark Walnut. I follwed it with a coat of whitewash to make it look a little more weathered.

After a little distressing on the base and a coat of polycrylic on the top my new-to-me table was complete!

It looks like a whole new table and I absolutely love how it turned out.

I feel like it looks like a piece that I would have bought from a fancy boutique store and nobody would ever know that it was once destined for the trash.  Well, except for you guys of course!

I decided to put it in our front room next to the couch and it fits wonderfully.

And because I like to keep it real I must zoom out and show you how the front room actually looks right now...

Yep.  Keeping it very real!  The couch has become a dumping zone, the walls are partly primed, I have paint samples galore up and there are boxes and wall hangings scattered everywhere.

I actually had to think really hard about how I was going to pull off photographing this table in this war zone. I finally decided to pull the area rug under the table to hide the dated blue carpet and painted a large swatch of a paint sample behind it.  Worked out pretty nicely I must say!

Before I sign off I just wanted to mention that although I always love this challenge, this month I found it EXTRA therapeutic. At first it was hard to find the motivation to get started since I've been so preoccupied.  However once I finally got started it felt sooo amazing to pick up a paint brush, sit down and do what I love!  I really needed that :)

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

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  1. OMG, Angela! You had me cracking up when you "zoomed out". Thank you for that honesty. As there are too many people out there just pretending and making others feel bad while doing so. I love how you DIY turned out! I love that you painted the wall just because of the photo and I hope that you will stick with that color. For me it's the prettiest out of your three samples. It's not plain white, but a fresh and light beige. Keep on doing what you do, because you rock at it!!!

  2. Wow your transformation is amazing!! And I love how you showed us what the space really looks like. It's amazing what a little staging and photo cropping can do right?!

  3. I'm impressed you pulled this off with everything going on, but your right doing projects like this are relaxing and calming. The table looks beautiful! I love curbside finds, they are the best. Real life is real, the zoom out picture gave me a laugh because your picture is amazing and you would have never known. Good luck with the new house.

  4. There's nothing wrong with a little blogger "staging" LOL! The table turned out great. I love how you distressed it and made it two-toned. So many gorgeous projects this month!

  5. You have a real talent in transforming throwaways, Angela! Your results are stunning! I hope you get a chance to show your neighbors what it looks like now! Simple beautiful!

  6. Curbside finds are the best. If the neighbor could only see it now. It turned out great.


I appreciate all of your wonderful comments :)