Saturday, July 21, 2012

simple end table upgrade - diy

Happy Saturday!  Matthew's grandparents and cousin are staying with us this weekend, so I just wanted to pop in really quick to share a project I just finished yesterday.  

See this table that our programs were on at the wedding?
I know you can't see it extremely well, but I got this table at the Restore for $1 a few months ago, and it was the perfect spot for our programs.  Then, after the wedding, this table served as a nightstand in our room.  Luckily, we found some replacement nightstands last weekend (will share soon!), so this table became available.

You can get a table very similar to this for around $9 at Wal-Mart.  The only difference between my table and this one is that mine has 4 legs, and this one has only 3.
My table was originally this bare wood that I painted white for the wedding.  Then, I used some leftover spray paint from the yellow lamp in my office.  The paint is Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch in Summer Squash.  I put a few quick coats on, waited about 24 hours and brought this bright table upstairs.
I liked it, but it was a little in your face, and needed some depth.  So, I grabbed some masking tape (I typically use painter's tape, but didn't have any, and I'm incredibly impatient), and taped off a few lines to add some white stripes.
Two quick coats of white paint leftover from trim projects in the house, and voila! 
I love it! It adds just enough visual interest, and breaks up all the yellow to make it fabulous.
This table also allowed us to move another lamp into this room, which you may recognize from my posts here and here about diy-ing the lamp and shade for only $11!

Also, did you notice the cute "print" in the frame? 
I had the frame and put scrapbooking stickers onto a piece of scrapbook paper for instant art.
And that cute little dish holding our coasters was a piece my grandparents passed down to us as an engagement present.  I absolutely love having family items mixed in with new and found items in our house!

I love projects like this because I already had everything.  I paid zero dollars to add this whole look to our living room, and that is very satisfying!

1 comment:

  1. I wish I could get lucky like you at our ReStore's.... I've tried going at all different times of the week and at different hours and don't have the luck you do! Love the table!


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