$25.00 Goodwill Art Table Makeover | Little House of Four: $25.00 Goodwill Art Table Makeover

Thursday, January 8, 2015

$25.00 Goodwill Art Table Makeover


It's no secret that I am a huge Goodwill and thrift store shopper.  When I'm in need of a new piece of furniture I always scour Goodwill and thrift stores first.  Why spend a ton of money on something that can be created for a fraction of the price?  I love a deal and I love to DIY, so it's a no brainer.  

I've recently been searching for a dining room table that I could update to use as an art table for my kids.   They're getting older, their messes are getting bigger and their tiny toddler table just wasn't cutting it anymore.  As always, I stopped in Goodwill about once a week until I found what I was looking for.   My patience (which, I have very little of) paid off when I finally found the perfect table.  It came with a leaf, was the perfect size and didn't smell of stale cigarette smoke.  Score!  Having a leaf was important as this table not only had to work as an art table, but extra dining space as well.  Remember, we live in a small house and sometimes furniture has to have dual purposes.






Let's first start with what went wrong, terribly wrong.
furniture stripping supplies
My original plan was to stain the top with my favorite minwax jacobean stain, but as I started using the furniture refinisher I quickly realized the table was not solid wood.  Womp, womp!  You can see on the left side of the table top where I tried to remove the stain.   Sometimes DIY projects don't always go as planned, but that doesn't mean you have to throw in the towel.
painting prep
I switched gears and decided to paint the whole table with Sherwin Williams Pro Classic interior latex paint.  It's their hardest paint and great for furniture makeovers if you don't want to go the chalk paint route.
paint
First, I prepped the table with a light sand and a coat of KILZ oil base primer.  It's important that you use this primer in a well ventilated area and let it fully cure before you apply your paint.  I let the primer cure overnight then applied 3 coats of Sherwin Williams pro classic in satin.
painting goodwill table
To get a smooth finish on the table top I used a foam roller and lightly sanded between coats.  After the paint was dry it was time for the fun part, distressing.
distressed table
Then I sealed the entire table with polycrylic.  After all, this is going to be an art table and I wasn't taking any chances having it completely destroyed.
polycrylic




I grabbed our 2 extra dining room chairs and now the kids have an awesome space to get all messy. You may also notice a few other updates to this little art area.  I'm almost finished my new gallery wall and will be sharing the full reveal soon!  I'm not gonna lie, I love that this space looks and feels more grown up, yet still remains a great place for my kids.  It's a win, win situation.  Now, if I can only get rid of the cozy coupe car and toddler slide that they refuse to let me get rid of.




20 comments:

  1. You did a great job refinishing this table! I love it! I'm in the process of re-doing ours, and it looked very similar to what yours did. Hoping mine turns out like yours :)

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    1. Thanks Rebekah! I'm sure your table will be fabulous when it's done :)

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  2. This looks SO awesome! LOVE the painted look Katie! It'll make the perfect art table for your little ones!!!

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    1. Thanks my friend! They make big messes like their momma and were definitely outgrowing their tiny toddler table :)

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  3. Great project... it turned out so nicely. :)

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  4. Looks great! So frustrating when a project doesn't quite go as planned, but I love it painted and distressed! Perfect for kiddos. :)

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    1. Thanks Amanda! I was really bummed that I couldn't stain the top, but I'm still happy with the end result.

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  5. This is so great! I love the chippy finish - it fits in so perfectly with your walls and decor :) Always good to have a crafting spot where you don't care as much if things get messy!

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    1. Thanks girl! It's definitely a huge improvement and a great spot for all our messes :)

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  6. Really cute! I love the white with the dark chairs!!

    Paige.Rose

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    1. Thanks Paige! It was kind of a happy after thought :)

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    1. Thanks so much Angela, you totally made my day!

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  8. This turned out great and a fantastic place for your kids to get creative! My youngest is four and I still can't seem to part with the slide or the cozy coupe!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one. I've started to "hide" their toys in the back room and if they don't ask for them in a few months, they get donated :)

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  9. What a great transformation! I love how it turned out and I'm sure it will get a lot of use over the years! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded! I'm featuring you this week!!

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  10. Love how this turned out Katie! What a perfect spot for your little ones to express their creativity. Beautiful transformation!

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  11. Thanks Becky! So far, it's been working out great :)

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