DIY Teal End Table Repurpose – Another POP of color!

Have you ever bought a piece of furniture that most people would totally pass up?

That’s most of the items in our house. Ben and I love collecting things for really cheap that can be repurposed and given a fresh new life! Sometimes it’s awesome (like “Yeah, look at all this STUFF I MADE!!”) and sometimes it sucks (like “Crap, why don’t I have anything NEW?!”) But I couldn’t change who I am, even if I tried. I will always be drawn to something damaged that I can nab for a few bucks that has unlimited potential to turn into something cool!

This DIY redo features a great piece of damaged furniture that I bought about 10 years ago— and STILL love!Image

I got this awesome, cylindrical end table (coffee table?) at Hobby Lobby back in my college years. It was REALLY cheap (like 90% off) because it had a big hole in the front of it and lots of scuffs and scrapes. I didn’t care. It was one of my first “adult” purchases and I loved it!

But even I had to admit that it was starting to look like a 10-year-old end table and I thought a fresh little facelift might be just what it needed! Lucky for it (and me) I found an AWESOME can of “oops” paint at Lowes and immediately knew that these 2 were made for each other!

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The first thing I did was cover the hole in the front of it with painters tape. Scoff if you want, but seriously, this is the easiest patch job ever. I wouldn’t use this method on something that gets a lot of wear-n-tear, but you can barely see the patch, the paint covered over it beautifully and we can’t even tell it was there. I lived with it for 10 years with a hole in the front— I can deal with a shadow of a piece of tape. 🙂

The next step was to take all the knobs and pulls off of the table. The pieces I wasn’t able to remove, like the metal on the top, got taped off.

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Here is the paint I used! Just like the red high gloss coffee table I redid (https://repurposefulboutique.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/diy-high-gloss-coffee-table-repurpose/) I had lofty goals for this piece that I achieved with a very limited budget! I decided to base coat it with an “oops” can of tinted 2-in-1 primer (left can), used my special “oops” paint for the main color (right can) and then covered it in clear gloss polyurethane to give it a shiny finish (middle can)!

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Halfway there!! This is the table after 2 coats of primer/base coat. Since I was going for a lighter color, making sure I had a bright, even surface was really important.

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The next step was to paint it in this AWESOME teal color!! Can you believe this was a $3 can of “Oops” paint? SCORE!! I did 2 coats of teal to make sure it was even steven. I barely used any paint and I walked around my house like Gollum for about 30 minutes trying to find more things to paint. “My…. Precious……”

After all the paint was dry, I used a sponge brush and applied my polyurethane to protect it AND give it a beautiful shine 🙂 Once dry, I reattached the knobs. Et VOILA! Done.

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What do you think? Cute, huh?! I think it’s a nice pop of color.

And check out that patch job!!! You can’t even see the hole anymore, right?!

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 It’s not “staged” but here is what our living room looks like now, with our 2 POPS of color, Ben’s sexy legs and my adorable pup Ella. I love both of these pieces of furniture… they are so happy and bright 🙂 And since we have a tan couch, tan carpet, tan walls, tan cat tree… we can use all the pops of color we can get!!!

I’d love to hear from you! Has a color or piece of furniture inspired you to create a fun space in your house? Let me know and have a repurposeful day!

xo – court

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