Monday, July 20, 2009
It's Monday already, and a Blue Monday over at Smiling Sally's blog. Sally host Blue Monday every week, and this week, I have something to show you!
My daughter, Alisha who is off at college, recently moved into a new apartment. She needed a nightstand to put by her bed, and we could not find anything she really liked for a price I was willing to pay. I suggested my go-to place to have a look around and see if we could find something...you know the place....Goodwill.
Here is the cute little table which was a Goodwill find. This matches her room perfectly, and is in great, solid shape. Look closely, there is blue on the top of the table. Isn't it so nice to find the perfect thing when you are looking for it? Now, do you think we purchased this in this condition?
There is lots of blue in Alisha's room, the comforters and curtains are a light, ice blue. I think it is a very calming color for a bedroom. One more glance of the cute little table.....now, let me show you how it all started.
Not so pretty table found at Goodwill. This was the only one we found that might work. I convinced my daughter we needed to get this table, and not to worry, it would be adorable when I was finished with it. I think she might have been worried.
The table was painted black when we bought it, dirty, and here is a look at the top, which was not bad if you like looking at something that reminds me of school desk tops from my youth. I don't think Alisha was to keen on this idea.
Nice retro drawer pull. Nothing too cute about faded gold on a drawer pull. I was not concerned at all, after all I had spray paint to take care of this problem.
First, I sanded the table and drawer with medium grit sandpaper. Then wiped clean. Using some spray primer, I gave the table a good coat of spray primer.
I did not spray the tabletop, only the table itself. We purchased some oops paint in a chocolate brown from Home Depot. Great deal on a gallon of paint, only $5.00.
Here is the table once the paint dried. Two coats of paint was all this little table needed.
Sophie stopped to pose. She knows when the camera comes out, if she poses sweetly, she may get a treat or two. She decided not to waste the opportunity, and stopped to pose. Sophie would like to ask the good people if they see how the color of the table matches the velvety brown color of her eyes?
Now, it was time to tackle the top. Using scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, and a paint brush, I Mod Podged the top of the table to match Alisha's room.
Even the drawer got a little glam. This is such a super easy project, and turns ordinary finds into something really cute and functional and very inexpensive.
Here is another view of the top. I did a collage on top of the table, and I like the way it turned out. I put three coats of Mod Podge on the top and side of the table top to seal it well.
I was glad to see the old school desk top disappear. Don't you think the new top looks much better than this old wood grain look?
Here is another close-up of the table. You can see the light blue in this photo much clearer. If you look closely, you will see the cute little blue birds.
A little left over Rustoleum paint we had on hand changed the way the knob looked too. Now it does not have the Asian flare, and looks much better after I covered up the tarnished gold knob.
Here is the table in Alisha's new room. You will not believe the cost of this particular project.
Table: $7.00 at Goodwill....but I had a $10.00 coupon so the table did not cost us anything.
Paint: $5.00 at Home Depot - used oops paint.
Scrapbook paper: - $2.38 from Michaels
I had everything else on hand at home for this project. Not bad for $7.38. It is amazing what you can do with a little imagination and a little elbow grease.
Here is another shot of Alisha's room. My mom bought the shelving unit for Alisha for Christmas a few years back, she has saved it and we just now put it together. It really is cute and matches the table really well. If you will notice, the curtains are a teal blue. There is also a blue bear on the shelf, and the upper right corner is a glimpse of a blue wall hanging.
I hope you enjoyed this little makeover project. Remember next time you see a not so cute furniture piece and it is structurally sound, just think of all the possibilities of turning it into a real treasure.
Have a great Blue Monday everyone!