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Thrift Store Side Table

Table New and Old

During a lunch run at work, I stopped at the thrift store (leaving work to eat lunch is a very rare moment for me!) I always run to the back of the thrifts stores to where all of the big furniture lives hoping to find my next project. That’s where I ran across this beauty.

Thrift Store Table

Sure it had some dings and scratches, but overall I liked how simple it was. For an added bonus, it was solid wood. With solid wood, you can always sand it down and reinvent it.
Thrift Store Table Closup

Looking at it in the store, I still had no idea where I was going to put it. At first I walked away, but quickly came back and grabbed it. I figured for 5 bucks, I couldn’t go wrong. Even if it ended up in my garage sale pile.

I had it in our mudroom until I finally had a moment to start in on the project. This project only took up a Saturday afternoon and it was one of the cheapest projects since I owned all the things I needed to turn it into to something new.

Step 1 :: Varnish Removal

I used to make the mistake of sanding and sanding and sanding, but then I discovered varnish striper. It takes all the time out of sanding by stripping off all the old stuff in a matter of minutes. You just poor the remover onto the spots you want it removed from, wait a minute or two and use a putty knife to scrape it all off.

Varnish stripper

Within 20 minutes of starting this part, this is what I was left with.
Varnish stripper Final

Step 2 :: Sanding

Once the stripping is done, I let it dry a bit. Then I get out my little ole sander and get to work smoothing out all of the wood on the table.
Sander Table

Step 3 :: Staining

Next step is to wipe down the table with a moist paper towel or two to get all of the dust off. Then we get to see this table come to life. It is time to stain. I always use ebony on most my projects. It’s the color of our floors, so I figured the table would look great in the same stain.

Doesn’t this table look better already?
Stain Table

Step 4 :: Dipping the Legs

I really wanted my table to stand out and since I stained it the same color of my floor, I thought it would be nice to have white legs. I noticed a ton of pics on Pinterest that had dipped legs on chairs, tables and whatever else fit into a paint can. I know that it would go horribly wrong if I tried to dip them, so I went the easy route and taped off the legs at 5″ and spray painted the portion that wasn’t taped. Tip: Make sure the stain has dried or the paint will bead up.

Taped Legs

Table Leg Paint

Step 5 :: Lacquer

This is another step that you have to have patience for. You have to wait until your stain and paint has dried prior to spraying your table with lacquer. I tend to rush things, so I find the waiting period very challenging. Yes, I was the kid in back of the car asking “Are we there yet?”


No worries, I didn’t spray the lacquer on in the mudroom like this picture looks. It grew to dark too work outside (plus the bugs would start sticking to everything), so I moved it into my garage for the final steps. My husband just loves when I fill the house up with fumes from my projects!

Step 6 :: Final Touches

I just had to tighten some loose legs and replace a few screws to make this table sturdy. Then I added my felt pads to prevent the floor from scratching when the table is scooched.
Felt Pads for Table

Step 6 :: Donzo

This project is complete and ready for its new home. I chose our front room. With little guy on the loose, I will have to make sure that nothing is breakable or valuable on this table for now.

Finished Table 1

Finished Table 2

Finished Table 3

Finished Table 4

Finished Table 5

Coen’s Footstool

Another ottoman??? We are just ottoman happy over here, however, this isn’t technically an ottoman. It’s a footstool. I picked it up for $4.99 when my littles and I were thrifting one day. I thought it would be fun to redo in a bright color for Coen’s room. Plus it will help him climb up into his chair for the time being.

Village Cape Cod After Foot Stool

As with any project, I had to figure out what needed to be done with our thrift store find. Initially, I thought about repainting the legs to a darker color or even a bright orange. But my mind was changed once Maren and I started in on our project. I grew to love the tarnished gold color it had.

Original Foot Stool

Foot Stool Material

We removed the legs and let them soak in a mixture of hot water and murphy’s oil soap as we recovered the ottoman. When we covered the ottoman (we had the fabric from one of Coen’s photo-shoots, but we originally found it at Jo-ann’s Fabric), Maren insisted on working the staple gun. I figured that I would let her and after a while she got the hand of it and the staples became straighter.

Maren Unscrewing Feet

After our fabric was on, we went to give our ottoman legs a good scrubbing before we put them back on.

Soaking Foot Stool Feet

Foot Stool Final

Foot Stool Final 3

Foot Stool Final 2

Our little project took us no time at all and fit in perfectly to Coen’s room.
Coen and his Stool


Who doesn’t, right? You never know what you can find and Friday proved that statement to be very true.

Earlier this summer I broke my camera lens on vacation. I had to do a quick study on camera lens and I attempted to have it shipped to my hotel room via two day shipping. Check out my post here:

I ended up choosing my original lens which was a 18 – 55mm. However, I really wanted the 70mm – 300mm. I just didn’t want to spend the money.

Amazingly enough, I was driving into work and saw a garage sale sign. I decided to stop in quickly even though I really didn’t have enough time. Luckily for me I did because I found my camera lens for only $50 bucks! How lucky was that? I had to fight a guy who had just called his friend to come and take a look at it, but it was first come first served in my book. He should have snatched it up while he had the chance.

Now look at the fun pics I can take on the sidelines.

Maren Soccer 2

Maren Soccer 1

Maren Soccer

These are pictures of Bob’s first game with her new soccer team. There is another little girl with her name on that was already on the team, so the coach asked her what she would like to be called instead and she chose “Bob.” Not sure what I am going to do with that girl! She LOVED that the coaches, teammates and sideline parents were all calling her by her new name.

Poppin’ Tags

I did a really bad thing. I went to a thrift store with out my girls. As soon as I brought my finds in, I heard an earful. It wasn’t my fault. I had to do an errand at lunch time at work and there happened to be a thrift store next to it, so I had to go in.

Check out my finds…

Mean Owl

This mean looking mercury owl was only $2.98. I thought he would be awesome for our Halloween décor. Right now I am just having him hang out on my front room fireplace.
Mean Owl 2

Wire Basket

You can’t tell by the pictures, but this is a super heavy basket. Just like Mr. mean owl, it will be perfect to hold all of our mini pumpkins. Plus it was only $3.98.
Wire Bowl

Porcelain Doll

This little girl was there a week ago with another one. I kept thinking about how cute she would have looked in Maren’s room, so when I was there I grabbed her for $2.00. Unfortunately, her sister was already sold.

Large Wooden Tray

Sorta wooden at least. It is plastic, but no one would be the wiser. It was only $5, so I had to have it. I am in love with the edging on it and it had a little label that said it could be top dishwasher safe.
Large Wooden Tray 3

Large Wooden Tray 4

White Plate

This little plate is going to be perfect for Coen’s birthday cake smash session. It was only $3!
White Plate

Small Wooden Tray

It was only $1 for this little golden footed tray. I think I am going to paint it a cobalt blue or another fun color.
Front Wooden Tray Gold Feet

Wooden Tray Gold Feet

Who else has had fun finds?