Thursday, September 23, 2010

Table transformation under $10
and under 1 hour


I love taking an old piece of furniture and transforming it into something lovely.  But sometimes the supplies required for the transformation can cost more than the furniture!  Not this time.

My latest Under $10 Under 1 Hour project was creating this:

Table transformation with spray paint


from this:

Here's how I did it cheaply and easily.

My tools:

Perhaps you can see that I bought that can of Krylon's "Bahama Sea" paint on clearance for $1.50. My Wal-Mart was selling odds and ends of paints, and I just happened to luck upon this color. The Minwax Wood Sheen I've had in my paint supplies for years. 

I did absolutely nothing to prep the table for painting. I knew that I wanted an aged finish, so I figured it didn't matter how good the paint job was. I just sprayed the Krylon on. One can was plenty for two coats. And here she is in her bright-blue glory:
Next I took a piece of fine-grit sandpaper and distressed the table a bit. (By the way, I love distressing furniture. It seems that so many of my efforts go into trying to make myself look younger--it's fun to purposefully try to make something look older!) I just sanded some of the blue paint off on the edges, the outer margins of the curves, etc. Wherever it seemed that the table might naturally have gotten beat up over the years, I sanded. This took 5-10 minutes. And then I had this:
Then for the crowning touch, I took paper towels and smeared some of the Wood Sheen onto the table, then wiped off most of it. I can't think of any other way to describe my technique. "Smear and wipe" is exactly what I did. I just smeared and wiped until I was happy with the way the table looked:
The smearing and wiping took about five minutes. Honestly, it took longer for me to take the photos and write this post than it took to complete all the work.

The cost?
Table: free (a gift from my sister's attic, several years ago)
Paint: $1.50 (regular price $2.97)
Stain: free from my stash
Paper towels: pennies

So this project was actually Under $2 Under 1 hour.  That's my kind of project!


And here's the little table in her new home in my blue and brown bathroom:
If you can file your nails and wipe off the kitchen counter, you can produce a piece like this. Those are the only skills you need. It's fun! And cheap! And easy!

One of my very favorite bloggers, Melissa from 320 Sycamore, is hosting a wonderful party to showcase this kind of project: Under $10 Under 1 Hour.  Check it out! I'm also joining the fun at The Shabby Nest and at Finding Fabulous. So many wonderful frugal projects! And I'm happy to link up to Amanda's Weekend Bloggy Reading round-up. 

Happy painting! 




25 comments:

Modern Country Style said...

Hi Richella,

This is a huge transformation. Gorgeous!

Sarahx

Susan said...

Looks like it took much longer...love the change ;o)

Holly said...

It looks wonderful, and I would never have guessed that the blue was that bright to begin with!
And, I tried your pork tenderloin last night and it was sooo good!

Lindsey said...

thanks for following my blog! I have confidence in your banana shape cutting abilities:) Also, this table is awesome! Love the color. I think the best part if that you have a Tim Keller book on it:) Loved that book!! (yes, I notice details:)) I'll definitely be keeping up with this blog now as well!

Me said...

Thanks for posting that. I appreciate it. Does the wood sheen have a color to it? I am in Mexico right now so I'll have to look for "wood sheen" on Word Reference.com. I'm sure I'll find it at Home Depot.

Dawn said...

cracks me up that the post took longer than the beautiful make-over! but it is really beautiful... and exactly why i can't ever throw stuff away. what if i could make it pretty or useful?! or both! love you!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

It looks great - it would definitely take me longer than an hour!

Deb said...

Krylon's Bahama Sea is one of my favorite colors....after it's "toned down" a bit with glaze!!! Love the little table! Great job. In His Love...Deb

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

It's beautiful, Richella. :) I have an almost identical table that was wedding gift for my grandparents in 1936. :) I love the distressing you did with it!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Bahama Sea is one of my favorite colors! I love this cute little table. :)

Southern Lady said...

I have a table just like that. I think I'll go buy some paint!! Looks great. Carla

Debbie said...

Beautiful makeover. That is one of my staple colors I use all the time. Great project for under 10.00!

southerninspiration said...

Girl, I LOVE it! I cannot believe that turquoise looking table looks so great after the glazing! NICE, my friend...nice!

Suzanne

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

LOVE.THIS.TABLE.

Even more, I love that you did it for under $2....amazing, my friend!

XOXOXOXOXOXO
~Amanda

Nadir@StitchSense said...

Love that table & the price tag is even better! The distressing you did is great! :-)

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I love it! It is the perfct color blue! You did a beautiful job with the distressing...gorgeous!

I want to thank you sooooo much for your sweet comment on my latest post! You are an angel and I so appreciate your precious words!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love it even more today. ;) Thanks for linking up with me today--hope your weekend is lovely! (I am wishing for cooler temps!)

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Okay, Miss Richella. I saw this in your bathroom earlier this week and was wondering why you didn't tell us more about it because I LOVED it! It looks like a custom table in a high end shop. Wait. Not even a shop. A shoppe. :) Fantastic job, my friend! What would a party be without you? Thanks for joining the fun~

Mary Joy said...

Oh wow!!! You have just inspired me to try something similar with a piece in our house. That was too easy!!! Cool! Under 1 hour...my kind of makeover!! Awesome!

Found you at Amanda's party!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Love the color! Such a refreshing change.

Natalie@Endless Crafting said...

Great job! I am loving that color.

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

Your smear wipe technique worked out for you here because I'm loving the color!

Anonymous said...

Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

Anonymous said...

Superb blog post, I have book marked this internet site so ideally I’ll see much more on this subject in the foreseeable future!

Brandi said...

beautiful transformation! I love the color too!

Post a Comment

Did anyone ever tell you to keep your comments to yourself? That wasn't me! I LOVE to hear from you. Thank you so much for visiting!