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Thursday, May 2, 2013

"Saved from the Dumpster" Accent Table Makeover

Craigslist Accent Table Makeover

It would appear I am filling my home with free CL finds...
 

I mentioned this in a previous post, but since we have moved to our new home, I've struggled with filling it with furniture. It's coming together more slowly than I would like, but I'm trying to hold out and be patient. Sometimes I have the urge to buy a piece just to fill the space because I'm sick of things not looking the way I want... but when I get that feeling I have to remind myself, again, to be patient. And lucky for me, until I find the perfect piece for this particular space, I scored on a free Craigslister's that's going to, at least, be a placeholder for the meantime.

I had been busy a few weeks ago and wasn't checking the Craigslist free section with my usual fervor, so I was a little late on contacting the owner on this one. His ad read, "Save this table from going into the dumpster." I replied to the ad as soon as I saw it, but apparently I wasn’t the first. He took my name and told me I was third on the list. After hearing that, I just assumed it was gone, until I got a call a week later that it was mine if I wanted it (that's the thing with getting rid of free stuff on Craigslist; sometimes people just don't show up, but, hey, good for me!). I happened to be in a Target in his area when I got his call, so I popped over and picked it up. I wasn't quite sure what I would do with it at the time, but I liked its shape, and, hey, it was free ;). I put it in the garage to "save for a rainy day."

Then I found out I would be hosting an event at my house in less than a month's time. And while I'm ok with friends and family (and my kids' playdate friends) in my semi-furnished space, I'd rather be a little more settled with other guests. And so again, that panic sets in: I have to find things, I have to fill this space... I HAVE TO GO TO HOMEGOODS NOW!!!! A few deep breaths later I come to the realization that I have to relax and think creatively; spending beaucoup de cash doesn't have to be the answer. And, hey! There's a free table in the garage. An option? We'll, it's gonna be!
 
I wanted a quick, easy, and cheap fix, so spray paint was the obvious choice. I went back and forth on the color, though. I liked the idea of white or cream against the wallpaper, but it seemed too traditional for me, and I wanted something a little edgier. I decided a metallic finish would be interesting, so at first I went with the silverish tone in the pic here. It looked really nice when I was outside, but once I brought it in, I thought it looked too washed out against the wallpaper. Grr. There goes 2 cans of spraypaint. Another trip to Home Depot, and I decided to try Rustoleum Hammered Brown. I thought the hammered aspect might help hide some of the imperfections in the table, and I think it made a little difference, nothing magical, but it's nice. As a bonus, I only needed one can to cover it this time around. And I'm much happier with the result than my first attempt.

Is this the piece I would pick to last a lifetime? Nope, but I'm happy with it for now!







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42 comments:

  1. You are so crafty! I want to be crafty when I grow up. Don't thing that's going to happen since I'm 53 but who knows? Love all the things I saw!

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    1. Haha you made me laugh. Thanks for the compliment! Have a good weekend.

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  2. Beautiful! You did a great job on the table :-)

    Linda
    With A Blast

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Hope you have a great weekend.

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  3. It's beautiful, you Americans and your Craigslist believe me I am so jealous :) perfect colour choice.

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    1. You guys don't have Craisglist? I never even thought about that! Maybe you should start a "Melslist!"

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    1. Thanks, Danielle! Love a good dumpster table in my fanciest room ;)

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  5. This table looks great! I have been on Craigslist but I think I definitely have to check it out. I'm visiting from the Spotlight Saturday Link Party over at Classy Clutter.

    Maria
    Krafty Cards etc.

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    1. Thanks, Maria! Yea you should definitely check out CL! Don't be discouraged if you don't find anything at first. You have to be patient sometimes!

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  6. The table is fantastic! I'm so glad you left a comment on my blog do I could find yours. I can't wait to read through more of it.

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    1. Thanks Charlene! I'm happy the spray paint smell has finally started to dissipate, too ;)

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  7. Great freebie! You transformed a woe-begone table into a wonderful filler piece beautifully styled. I love the way it looks against the wallpaper.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. And thanks for noticing the wallpaper, too!

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    1. Thanks, Katy. Funny, I think my feelings for it are actually growing stronger the longer it's been in my house! ;)

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  9. Cute table! I'm always picking up freebies and spray painting them. I can't seem to resist them!

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  10. Thanks, Erica! I know! It's almost as if I'll take anything if you tell me it's free ;)

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  11. love the color! you did a fabulous job on this table!

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    1. Thanks, Krystie! I definitely feel good about the fact that I only had to pay for spraypaint, too!

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  12. Kristen
    So beautiful! Love the new color. I'm visiting you today from Sugar Bee. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesdays and would LOVE for you to add this. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

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  13. Thanks, Virginia. I'll come by and check it out!

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  14. What a beautiful table, very unusual and i love the color you chose :)

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    1. That's why I liked it! I had never seen something like it before. It is unusual!

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  15. What a party last week on Friday Flash Blog! Thanks for joining us. I hope you’ve visited some of the other community members and you're having a splendid week.

    Jennifer
    thejennyevolution.com

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  16. i like it both before and after. it looks great in that metallic, and i looove that wallpaper! great job.

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  17. Awesome, awesome, awesome makeover! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  18. It's beautiful. Looks like it came from a designer's store.

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    1. Thanks, Cynnamama--you're too nice! But I appreciate the compliment!

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  19. I love the color that you chose for the table. Also, your wallpaper (or is it a stencil? have you blogged about this?) is perfect. We are moving into a house with wallpaper that is not perfect. I would love to know where you bought it. If you haven't blogged about it, will you? Please.

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    1. Hi Trixie! Yes, it's wallpaper; I haven't blogged about it, but that's a great idea! I'm pretty sure I kept all the info. I will do a post next week and let you know! Glad you like it! It's my favorite part of the room :)

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    2. Hi Trixie--Here's the post: http://thrifterindisguise.blogspot.com/2013/05/ill-log-out-for-thibaut-ikat-wallpaper.html

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  20. hmmm nice...but am i missing something??? is rattan/wicker out of it?? thought it looked good in it's original state..organic and natural.... maybe i am not aware of something?

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    1. Thanks for your honesty, Barbara. I agree, this transformation isn't for everyone. I made the decision because I was going for a particular look. I wanted a specific finish to compliment my living room decor. But clearly it's not for everyone!

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  21. You are being featured this week at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/assets-and-efforts-linky-party-2.html

    Thanks,
    Angela

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  22. Beautiful find! Craigslist is good but side-of-the-road finds are better. I scored today with 4 windows, a wooden ladder, and 2 old outdoor chairs, too! Wheee.... Following on Pinterest and Google+. Linda Please come and link any of your posts to:

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/05/what-to-do-weekends-party-20.html

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    1. I agree about side-of-the-road finds being better! Thanks for the comment, I'll come check out your party, too.

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  23. I didn't even know CL had a "free" section! I love it painted. I think it gives it a very updated feel! Great job, girl...love the layout of your blog with the large buttons at the top.
    XO,
    Christy
    Confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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    1. Thanks, Christy! As far as the CL free section-I know! I didn't know about it until somewhat recently. Sometimes there's really good stuff on there. But there are definitely "CL Free Stuff Stalkers" (as I call them). You have to be diligent about checking to get the really good stuff, because it will get scooped up right away but one of the stalkers (at least that's how it is in my area). And it can be very time-consuming; it can definitely get addicting :) But it can pay off!

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