Welcome to Thrifty Thursday
If you’ve been keeping up with Penny Love Projects, you probably know by now that garbage picking is part of my weekly routine, and I’m not afraid to admit it! I have found so many unique pieces of furniture that just needed a little love to be brought back to life! And we all know that most people just throw away their stuff because they’re too lazy to give it away. Well, today I’m sharing my tutorial for a Nautical Side Table Rummage Redesign.
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While perusing my neighborhood on garbage day, I found this sweet little table.
I thought it was just so adorable, I’ve never seen a table quite like it.
And someone was throwing it away!
not on my watch!
I almost instantly knew what I was going to do with it.
I just picked up this pretty blue sample of paint from the oops section at Home Depot, and I couldn’t wait to try it out!
It’s a very soft powdery blue with just enough gray to make it sophisticated, if you know what I mean?
Here’s my supply list (affiliate links):
1. Mixed up my homemade chalkpaint, you can find the recipe here.
2. *Klean-Strip Quart Easy Liquid Sander Deglosser
3. Some kind of paint brush, any relatively cheap brush will do.
Wooster Brush Q3118-1 Golden Glo Paintbrush, 1-Inch
4. Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish
5. Little Foamy Sponge Brushes I use these all the time.
6. Wellington 28764 Manila Rope, 1/4″ X 50′
7. Glue Gun and Glue Sticks Kit
8. Minwax 63333 Satin Polycrylic Protective Finishes, 1 Quart
9. A graphic of your liking printed with laserjet printer.
(Graphics Fairy is a good place to start)
10. Hand Sander and Sandpaper
11. Plastic Putty Knife or something to smooth out bubbles.
Cleaned off the table real nice like, ran a deglosser over it so the paint would adhere, and went to town.
You really don’t need much paint for a small project like this. A sample was more than enough to finish the job (sample size is about a cup of paint).
On one of my very first projects, I took the advice of the paint guy and bought an entire gallon of paint… paint comes in gallons, right?
Anyway, it was this teeeeeny little side table, I hardly touched the whole giant thing of paint and I was never able to use it on anything else because it was such a bold color.
So go buy the sample oops paints for 50 cents a piece and you’re welcome.
After 3 coats of paint, I started on top. I sanded off what was left of the finish, I wanted to give it a bit more of a softer wear and tear kind of look.
Then I printed out this pretty nautical compass using a laserjet printer.
A little note about transferring images using Modge Podge: I’ve never actually liked the way it turned out. I’ve done it a few times on various surfaces and it has never done what I wanted it to. The paper kind of sticks, and the glue is a little lumpy in places, and it’s a bit messy to take off. I usually end up sanding most of the transfer off and painting over what is still visible. You’re better off just stenciling or painting it on by hand, depending on the project you’re doing.
Anyway, after I painted the Modge Podge onto the INK side of the paper (I would suggest only adding Modge Podge to the parts of the image you want to transfer, NOT the entire paper!), set it face down onto the tabletop, smoothed out the bubbles, and let it dry.
Then you have to take a bucket of water and a wet cloth, get the paper wet and start peeling it away. The Modge Podge will hold on tightly to the ink, so most of the paper should just rub right off.
The difficult part for me was getting the little bits of paper off. I didn’t want random pieces of paper stuck in my table top.
So, eventually I ended up sanding down the entire image to get all the paper off, but was left with a very dull image.
So I had to go over it with paint anyway. I just used some leftover sample paints I had laying around. It doesn’t matter what I use because I’m sealing the table anyway.
Two coats of Waterbased poly and she’s shining!
For the legs I grabbed some rope and hot glued it around the bottom of the legs, wrapping around and gluing every so often.
And here’s my garbage pick now!
One man’s trash is another man’s treasaaarrre.
Have you found any treasures lately?
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