Happy Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday, amazing friends!! Although my makeover today isn’t very trashy, one of my friends’ makeovers totally makes up for it lol. Look for more makeovers from my friends at the bottom! Today, I’m sharing updated drop leaf side tables with decor moulds.
These two tables from my current haul were a huge yard sale score for only $20 a piece:
Of course, I played it cool and paid the man, but I was literally screaming with excitement inside my head ha ha. I love this style of table and the fact that I found a pair of them was a double bonus!
Some may see dated grandma tables (that is what the guy selling them referred to them as), but I see charming pieces that would be so sweet in my perfect beach cottage that I own in my dreams!
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I got straight to cleaning!
I mixed up a tub of White Lightning (One TBSP mixed with a half gallon of warm water) which is a degreaser and a deglosser and will give my pieces the best prep possible!
Gloves are recommended, and these terrycloth pads work great for this…
Then, I swapped out the water for clean water and gave it another wipe down to remove any remaining dirt and residue.
Next, I filled the old hardware holes with Dixie Mud since I had other plans for the hardware,
This is after I sanded them smooth with 220 grit sandpaper:
To Prime or not to Prime with BOSS?
If you are dealing with older Cherry or Mahogany pieces (red toned woods), or one where the finish has been sanded or is not quite in tact, it never hurts to go ahead and apply a coat of Dixie Belle’s BOSS and save yourself the potential headache of bleed through!
One coat is usually all it takes:
Wait at least overnight before painting!! This is KEY!
If you see bleeding through the BOSS, that is okay! As long as you allow that needed drying time, you should be able to paint right over that and not have those tannins come through.
How do you paint a drop leaf table?
I always paint drop leaf tables upside down first. I do all the Bossing (if needed) and painting before flipping them upright:
I also sand the underside…
Then, I flip them over and do the tops. This is the BOSS going on:
And after two coats of Dixie Belle’s Fluff:
Adding Decor Moulds to the drawers
These tables were quite plain and although I wanted to keep them simple, I still wanted to add a little something.
If you haven’t tried making decorative pieces with resin and these moulds yet, it could not be easier!
The resin kit comes with two liquids. You just mix equal parts into a small disposable cup:
And pour into your mould (be sure not to overfill):
Let it set for about 12 minutes and voila!
One box of resin will make a bunch of pieces. They will be warm as they are just curing, and will harden once cooled. However, you can reactivate them to make them pliable again by putting them in the microwave for about 20 seconds.
See 18 more decor moulds in my shop HERE.
Let’s jump to the after of these pretty pieces!
So soft and pretty now!
And what a sweet detail the resin pieces from the moulds add!
These oval glass knobs from Hobby Lobby worked perfectly with them, and I was able to drill right through the resin pieces to accommodate them:
I chose to photograph this pair together, but here is one opened up:
That provides a lot more surface area if needed…
And what did I do with the drawers?
Of course I had to have fun with them!
This was so that I had a nice white background for the paper I planned to use, and there wouldn’t be any bleed through my pretty decoupage paper!
The transfer tool is great for working out all the air bubbles, but a credit card works too.
This beautiful paper adds a nice surprise when you open the drawers…
These are ready for their new life in that seaside cottage!
Don’t forget to check out what my friends are sharing today as well!
If you enjoyed this post, here’s a more colorful take on a similar table:
See what I did with this one HERE!
I’m flying through this haul!
Here’s everything I’ve completed so far:
Upcycled Tea Box (This is a can’t miss!)
Painting the Smalls #22 (Six mini makeovers!)
We’ll be moving Jack into his college apartment on Tuesday, so I’ll be taking the rest of the week off to enjoy him a bit. You know I’ll be back with something thrifty though!
UPDATE: Here’s what I’m sharing on Thursday:
See what I did with those parts HERE now!
Have a fabulous weekend!
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