After my faux marble stool project last summer, I was hooked on furniture upcycles and knew I wanted to tackle something a little larger.
With radar poised, this $15 thrift store table caught my eye and I was certain it was just begging for a makeover.
So I did what no normal person would do. I loaded it into the back of my van and drove it around for nearly a month.
During my taxi service, I spent time thinking about what I would do with it.
Well, paint – of course. That was a no-brainer.
But I didn’t know what color or technique I wanted to use – or where I would put it.
Until Hannah reminded me she really wanted a nightstand for her room.
Let the Makeover Begin
The first order of business was to get rid of the laminate finish.
I started by removing the legs and the panel that covered the front of the very plastic drawer.
After cleaning away the dust, priming would have been the next step.
But…I dodged that step because Hannah decided that the latex wall paint we used in one of the boys’ rooms would be perfect.
Did I mention she’s got a thing for blue?
We’re huge fans of Behr paint and had used the top-of-the-line grade for the boys’ room because it’s washable, scrubbable…pretty much boy-proof.
With a built-in primer, all I had to do for the table was just paint.
More points scored for Behr.
Did you know that drawer pulls and handles don’t come in standard sizes?
If not, now you do.
I took Hannah to Hobby Lobby to peruse the options, planning a simple replacement. It didn’t take long to realize plan B would be necessary.
The we created a plan B.
She fell in love with a couple of butterfly knobs and that was perfectly fitting anyway since she already has a floral theme in her room.
I gave them a shot of white primer and paint and let them dry while I started on the main attraction.
Dressing Up the Table Top
Who ever uses a stencil they’ve had for years on end?
I found this tattered one in my stash of stencils. Its been around longer than Hannah, but it perfectly fit what I had in mind.
I chose a few pale paints from my collection and used some white to tone down a bold yellow for the centers of each flower.
Starting with the centers, I scattered the pattern over the top of the table, then followed with petals in three colors: pink, lavender, and white.
This was my absolute favorite part of the project. I used a pale green paint and a small brush to create vines and leaves among the flowers.
I finished up with wipe-on polycrylic to protect the table top, and reattached the drawer facing with the new knobs.
So after being ditched at a thrift store, then touring around with me for nearly a month, Hannah’s little side table finally made its way to her room, all dressed up in girly style.
Have you upcycled thrift store furniture? Share your project story in the comments below.
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