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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Yellow End Table Re-do and How I Cheated . . .

So everywhere I turn on Pinterest someone is re-doing or antiquing a piece of old furniture.  I admit that I have done it myself in the past with my Dining Table Re-do.  It was hard work, but so worth it.

But I keep seeing re-do pieces with lots of color and that are even spray painted . . . so I wanted to try a flea market flip of my own.  I wanted to furniture re-do a little table or something.

My blue and yellow living room needed cheap, but colorful end tables, to go with my $2 Pillows.  I am currently renting my home and do NOT want to pay a lot to decorate with stuff I'll just have to move soon anyway.

So I went to D. I. (Deseret Industries--a lot like Goodwill, but the Mormon version) with my friend Jessica.  I found 2 end tables for $5 each.  My friend Jessica talked them down and I got each one for $4.  Thanks Jessica.

Here they are:
Kinda ugly.  They needed some love.  The right one has a water stain.


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This project was FAST.  I got it done in one afternoon.  No wonder people are pinning this kind of stuff.  Here's what I did:


 This is the paint I used.  It's from Home Dept.  They have lots of good colors now.

NOW THE BEST PART . . . this is part where I cheated.   I wanted my table to have cute edges--you know, where you make your OLD table look NEW and then you make it look OLD AGAIN.  Weird yes, but also in style.  
BUT I'm LAZY and I did not want to go back to the store and get wood stain to "antique" the edges.  So I came up with another idea (I'm telling you, the real furniture re-doers are going to groan):

I sanded the edges first.

Then I used an ordinary children's marker to color in the grooves and the sanded edges . . . whaaaat?

Yup.  Just a kid's marker.  I smeared it around a little with my fingers or used a damp cloth in some areas to blend it in and make it look natural.

I think it looks pretty good.  Makes the edges stand out.  I would only recommend doing this on pieces that have basic designs.  Not sure it would work on intricate designs.




It adds a pop of color to my room and it was simple and cheap.  Hope this inspires you to create something awesome!  Have a good day!










5 comments:

  1. Lisa I love how this turned out! And what an awesome tip :) Thanks for sharing. P.s your living room looks fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Kari. That means a lot coming from someone with an amazing DIY house like you!!!

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  2. Love the color you chose!! The finished table looks great. Thanks for sharing at Something To Talk About Link Party. I hope you'll join us again next Monday!

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