Hello sweet friends and welcome back! It’s Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday, and we’ve got some trashy makeovers for you! Y’all know I love to share thrifty makeovers around here, but on the second Tuesday of each month, I get to to do it with four of my favorite creative friends!
Today’s makeover was actually trash! I found this gem curbside in our neighborhood:
It was in such bad shape and it was so wobbly that I wasn’t sure I could save it, but I was willing to give it a try! I’ve included few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Fixing the Wobble
The first thing I did was try to figure out how to stop it from wobbling so much. The legs were held in place by screws, and tightening them helped a little but not enough.
So, I replaced all the existing screws with some that were just a tad longer:
That did the trick!
Once I got the legs taken care of, I gave everything but the very top a good sanding with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around a sanding sponge:
That was to remove any finish that was not well-adhered. The old finished practically flaked right off.
Fixing the top
This is what the top looked like before:
Yikes! The veneer on the top was trashed and it was bowing in the center, which is hard to see in that photo, so there was no saving it.
Instead, I found a scrap piece of thin plywood and cut it to fit the top using my small circular saw.
This saw is great for making nice, straight cuts. Here I just used a yard stick as a straight edge, securing it with clamps:
This saw can be handled with one hand, so I was able to hold the wood securely with my other hand. (Always wear eye protection and follow safety guidelines when using power tools!)
I used a couple of weights to secure it while I moved onto priming!
Prepping for Bleed-through
This table has all the red tannins and would most definitely be a bleeder, so to prevent that, I applied one coat of BOSS in the Clear formula.
Y’all see me use White BOSS all the time because I’m usually painting things white, but if you plan to distress your finish and don’t want white to show through the finish, opt for the Clear BOSS instead. It goes on a milky color but dries matte and clear.
I left it to dry overnight.
The fun part: painting!
Finally, it was time for the best part…the paint!
I chose one of my favorite Dixie Belle colors, Mermaid Tail:
One coat gave it fabulous coverage, but I gave it two.
When it was dry, I lightly sanded all over to smooth out the finish and distress it a bit.
As you can see, I cut this sponge on the sides so I had a nice, straight edge to start with. The sponge works so amazingly well at applying sealer and it is so much easier than a brush!
Try not to keep going over areas you’ve already covered and apply in nice, long strokes. The first coat may appear streaky, but a second coat should fix that!
You can see more on how I apply sealer with a sponge in this video:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
Here is how this sad curbside throwaway looks now!
It’s definitely not sad anymore!
It’s vibrant and full of life!
This Mermaid Tail color is so rich and beautiful up close.
OOH and look what I added to the top!
I decided to add a little something more to the top by adding nailheads every couple of inches…
They add a little interest to this otherwise simple table.
This little piece would be perfect in a bathroom to hold extra supplies and toiletries…
Or anywhere you could use a little extra storage!
I’m so happy I was able to give this piece new life!
Don’t forget my friends have trashy makeovers of their own to share today!
See the afters at the links below!
And that’s one project closer to finishing this Free-to-me Haul!
If you’ve missed any so far, you can catch up below!
I’ve got three furniture pieces left and two of them need some serious sanding, so I’m looking for a break in the weather for those! Meanwhile, I’ve been working on those two baskets plus a couple more I’ve had hanging around, and I’ll be back with those on Thursday:
UPdate! See how these baskets went from blah to totally updated here now!
Have an amazing week!
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