My name is Lisa and I'm a crafty girl with wanderlust working as an engineer by day. My blog chronicles projects in my home as well as pictures and stories from my travels.




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Living Room Side Table Makeover

On Saturday I dropped off two donation boxes at the Ann Arbor ReUse Center full of household goods that I had purged from my home. While I was there I couldn't resist looking around a bit and I picked up a cute but very battered little end table for $5.

I have wanted a table to go on the end of my love seat in my living room for a while, but I needed something with a small footprint since I don't have much space. I think the little table I found was meant to be a plant stand but it is just the right size for my purposes. The height is great and now I have a spot for guests to place a drink when I am entertaining at my home.

The table was sturdy and the wood was in good shape, but the cream paint finish was grungy and quite poorly applied. I cleaned up the table and gave it a coat of spray primer followed by two light coats of spray paint in Spring Sprout.

Once I let the table dry for a day I decided to add some paper to the bottom shelf for fun. I measured the shelf and then cut a piece of teal chevron scrapbook paper down to a square of the right size. The shelf attaches to the legs at an angle so I needed to trim off the corners to make the paper fit. I placed the paper on the shelf and then folded the paper up where it hit the leg. This gave me a guideline for trimming the corners and ensured a perfect fit.

I think that the table turned out really cute and I can't beat the price of less than $11 ($5 table + $4.98 spray paint + $0.89 paper). It looks really bright and cheerful now.

The table fits wonderfully next to my love seat. I thought that the little shelf would be the perfect place to display the vintage camera that I picked up at a little flea market in Shanghai, China. It isn't in working order but when I saw it I couldn't resist buying it, loving taking photos as much as I do. My favorite part about it is that it actually has markings on it indicating that it was manufactured in Shanghai. 

Have you made over anything recently? Are you up to any spray painting? I think I must spray paint something once a week. It's a compulsion I tell you!

This post is linked to the "Thrift It Challenge" on Our Fifth House.

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Hi Lisa,
I recently spray painted an easel - so super easy. I need to do more of it. It makes for such a quick facelift.
Enjoy your day.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervwallender@yahoo.com

Veronique- It really does make for a quick facelift. I bet your easel turned out cute!

July 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

OH my word, I love this little table! The green and the mix with the pattern is perfect and I'm kind of really jealous of that old camera. And what is really random is that I have actually been to Shanghai, China before and now this little camera makes me want to go back! Fabulous find :)

Taryn- Thank you so much! Isn't Shanghai fabulous? I had so much fun wandering around while I was there. I love bringing home little treasures like this from my travels...

January 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterLisa

It is so simple and elegant. I love to work with spray paint. But I always have issues because after some period of spraying paint start to form drops of which are going down. Do you have any special technique how to avoid that? Thanks

December 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterErica Green

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