Thursday, July 12, 2012

Polka Dot Table - Trash to Treasure


This ugly, cheap decorator table sitting in Goodwill had my name all over it. A friend of mine had just painted one for her daughter and I figured I would give it a try. I LOVE this little table now. I picked it up for $3. It was, well, plain and cheap. Perfect! My youngest daughter was needing a small bedside table and I didn't want to spend too much. This fit the bill!

First thing we did was go shopping for paint. Tara picked out a beautiful purple Krylon spray paint cutely named, Bubble Gum. My friend had successfully used spray paint. I figured I would, too.
I unscrewed the legs (glorified broom handles, cheapest wood ever. They weren't in perfect shape, and long story short, the spray paint didn't do it for me. Now, I like spray paint, but I've never cared for using it on wood. I prefer a good latex paint and a Purdy brush. Now I did not feel like going back to the store, so I dug around in the garage and found this gorgeous yellow paint. was 8 years old. I painted my oldest girls nursery with it. Gave it a shake and's still good! I went in to ask Tara if it would be OK yellow. She said 'YES! Yellow reminds me of sunshine...and Sissy". Her big sisters fave color is yellow. Pure sweetness. So, we moved on to this...
This table took 4 coats of paint. The top soaked it up and the legs...well...the paint needs to look nice since there's not much else going for them;) I even painted the underside of the top. Tara will see it if noone else does when she plays on the floor in her room. So a day of painting, drying and a fan on it, and we had this...

I had already decided not to put the glass back on it. It's not tempered, and it's not safe for a child's room. Now it looks B.O.R.I.N.G. Really boring. I can't do the die cut butterflies I had planned without using the glass to cover it. Then I got to thinking about my stash of acrylic paints, that looked like this...
What to paint? I'm no artist. Polka Dots. They're fun, cute and always trendy. I considered punching out some stencils, then just decided to free hand them. Glad I did, I like them being slightly imperfect. I love the way this turned out. A $3.00 table. Can't beat it!
                                        It's cheerful. It reminds me of sunshine...and Sissy;)

Naomi ~ MinusThePicketFence

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