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.
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!