Thursday, September 23

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! 


  1. Hi Richella,

    This is a huge transformation. Gorgeous!


  2. Looks like it took much the change ;o)

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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 I'm sure I'll find it at Home Depot.

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

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

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

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

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



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


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

  16. 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!


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

  18. 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~

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

    Found you at Amanda's party!

  20. Love the color! Such a refreshing change.

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

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  24. beautiful transformation! I love the color too!


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