I had this table in my family room that was hideously ugly.
So ugly, in fact, I don't have a before picture of it.
But I did find this one. It was the background of a picture that's about 3 years old. Many, many things in my house have changed since then - but it at least gives you an idea of where I started.
This is a side table that Pottery Barn sells for $200
I love it, but (as usual) their price is a little rich for my blood.
So I watched my local online classifieds and I kept an eye out at the thrift store, and eventually I found a pair of round tables that I thought would work nicely. I offered $35 for the 2 of them.
Then my boy and I took a little road trip and drove for over an hour to pick them up. We met our sellers in the parking lot of a grocery store near their home. While we were there we went inside to go potty and buy some snacks for the ride home. I ate my first twinkie in over a decade. It was my boys first twinkie EVER. It's a day we'll always remember. Maybe.
Anyway, I got my little tables and I brought them home, and then I started sanding.
I decided only to work on one, for now. I'm sure I have a perfect place for table #2, so I'm going to hold off on the makeover until I find it :)
When I had sanded it sufficiently (and removed that strange little brass thing)
I gave it several light coats of Heirloom White.
One that was all dry I brought the table inside (since it's COLD here!) Then I gave it a light sanding to smooth the finish out. Notice the dust on the floor.
Then I gave it a couple more coats of paint - a Behr color that matches Heirloom White exactly.
I think it turned out beautifully! And the total cost was no more than $20 - just a tenth of PBs table :)
Linking up to all my favorite blog parties for the first time in WEEKS!
P.S. I promise to put up a kitchen post this week - I know I've been a major slacker lately!