Katie snapped this pic of my while patiently waiting to check out. And did people stare at us while we smiled with our treasures? They sure did! Look how happy I am with my $20 end table.
Since I needed 2 tables and Goodwill only had one such beauty, I searched Craig's List for another similar. And what do you know... I found this, one street over from my house, for $15! Score.
Check out that paint job. And here's a helpful tip... don't paint over your hardware! Like, ever.
So since I had two handles covered in paint, that I still wanted to use, I had to figure out how to strip that paint. Google is my friend. Did you know you can boil it right off?!
Yep. Use a pot or pan that you are not going to use for food anymore... who knows what's in that paint... you don't want to eat anything toxic, and boil for a couple minutes. I think mine were in there for a total of 5 minutes when the paint just started to float right off.
At that point I took them out with tongs and nudged the rest of the paint off with a skewer (they were hot after all). So easy!
Right after the paint came off they looked a little dull. I just gave them a quick scrub with my scrubby kitchen sponge and they came out great. Top one is pre-scrubbed, bottom one got a 30 second scrub with some Dawn.
Next thing I did was give both tables a light sanding. I was planning on using chalk paint and I know the great thing about it is "you don't have to sand". But that makes me nervous. And, the paint-tastic table was quite rough from the previous paint job it had received. I sanded with the help of my assistant... who insisted on putting his own jammie pants on. (I can dooo itttt!!! said in 2-year-old whine dialect) Thus, they are on inside out and backwards. Go ahead, judge me neighbors!
I followed SewWoodsy's recipe for chalk paint. Super easy. I think I did 3-4 coats with some light sanding in between.
After a couple coats of paint, it really started to bother me that the tables were slightly different heights. So, I found some scrap wood in the garage and added some "feet" with wood glue to the shorter table.
A little bit of finishing wax later... done!
And bonus... did you see my lamps?
Yep.. Goodwill! Those bases were $3! I'm not kidding... see. I left the sticker on to prove it. haha And the shades are from Target ($20) So for $46 I got two lamps... that's less than the price of one usually. I'm a little proud.
Hope I got your confidence up to brave those smelly isles at Goodwill and find your own treasures.