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New Life for an Old Set of Trunk Tables

New Life from Old Trunk

Old trunk tables get new life.

Well, we did it again!  It was our luck that we were garage selling Wednesday, and we came past this set of old trunk tables.  My husband looks at me and says, just walk away – they are not worth $50.00.  I could tell the owner just wanted to get rid of them, so I offered her $25 for the full set and to my surprise she took it!  It was quite a show watching us cram these three old trunk tables in our Chevy Malibu – the room in this trunk is no lie! Once in, we dragged them home spiders and all, unloaded and I got to work.


-Three old trunk tables ($25 for whole set garage sale)

-Burlap (Joann’s on sale for $1.99 a yard – 3 yards total)

-Mod Podge Glue

-Paint (I used black and dark cream because I already had this left over)

-Rustolem hammered bronze spray paint ($4.97 Lowe’s – used for hardware)

-2 Resin kits (Lowe’s)

-120 grit sand paper

-Black and Decker Mouse Sander

First, I opened the lid and vacuumed out the old trunk tables.  Then, I washed them out with Lysol cleaner to remove the sticky that lived there.  I let them sit and dry for a couple hours, as I eyed the pieces and imagined what they would become.  It came to me…and off to Joann’s Fabrics I went.  Because they were a trunk style, I wanted a burlap that told a story of where these old trunks may have been.  I eyed the perfect burlap of stamps from travel and fell in love!

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Back at home, I took my goods out of the bag and got started.  I Mod Podged the burlap to the top of the old trunk table.  I trimmed the burlap leaving a little overlap because glue does shrink it a little bit.  I then Mod Podged the top of the burlap, and left to dry.

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While the tops were drying, I moved on to paint.  I used a rich deep wheat color paint that pulled out the burlap color and enriched the black colors.  I placed on two coats of quick dry Bear Paint which I had purchased for a previous project from Home Depot.  As the sides dried, I painted the all the trim in an Rustoleum oil based black and left to dry over night.  The colors the next day were so rich and vibrant the tables looked brand new.  I sprayed the hardware with Rustoleum  hammered bronze spray paint, and left to cure over night with the trunks.

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The following day, I mixed the first resin kit.  I slowly poured the resin to cover the burlap (it’s normal that the burlap will poke through the first coat).  I let the resin set up over night, the sanded with a 120 grit paper the following day. They will look scratchy, but you want to get all the pieces of the burlap smooth, try not to break the resin bond.  I cleaned with a damp cloth, let dry and repeated the resin process (not letting it drip off the top).  This sat over night again.

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The last day, I placed the hardware back onto the old trunk tables, and placed into the downstairs family room.  My husband asked where we got the new tables.  He was shocked to find out they were the $25 find he begged me to walk away from 🙂  For about a full $75.00 investment, I saved over $300 for a little elbow grease.

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And did I mention the extra storage when you lift the top?  You can’t beat extra storage 😉  – Always go with your gut – some old piece, can be new again with a little TLC from the right person.  Here’s to you all finding  your next great treasure!


$15 Garage Sale Find Goes Upscale!

DIY $15 Coffee Table Makeover

Happy Monday!  Sharing my $15.00 Coffee Table Makeover found from a garage sale.  My husband and I were wondering around, and finally found a great sale that had reasonable prices, so we jumped at the chance to bargain a $25 table to $15!


-$15 table with glass top (what a steal!)

-Anne Sloan Chalk paint Old Ocher (had)

-Anne Sloan Clear and brown wax (had)

-3 cans Rustolem Flat chestnut spray paint (bought $4.00 a can returned by someone)

-120 grit sand paper (small piece – had)


1.   First, we cleaned the piece up, removed the hardware from the table, and got to work.

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2.   Then, we sprayed the metal elements of the table with our favorite spray paint Rustoleum Flat Chestnut.  I coated the metal elements twice to cover the old black and green paint that was on the legs (yep – black and green!)

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3.   Letting the metal elements dry, we got started on the tabletop.  We removed the glass, sprayed the wood top with the Rustoleum Flat Chestnut spray paint and let dry (it’s a quick process).


4.   Next, we coated the top with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old Ocher, which we thinned with a small amount of water.  We let this dry and watched the cracking start on the tabletop, letting the Rustoleum Flat Chestnut color shine through.

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5.   Once dried, we took sand paper and roughed the edges to let the darker colors and some of the old wood colors come through.  Shabby but cool!


6.   Then we coated with a coat Annie Sloan Wax, clear.  You know the drill, wax on, wax off!  We repeated with the amounts of brown Annie Sloan wax we wanted to darken the piece to that old antique look.

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7.   Let the process dry and set completely, then buff once more for that matted shine.  Once set, tighten the metal hardware back to the table, flip over, and place the glass back inside the table, setting the new piece of furniture in the room of your choice.


Garage sale treasures are the best!  You never know what you will uncover for a few dollars and some time invested in a piece.  The total cost to complete this piece – Under $25 total.  We had paint and only purchased the Rustoleum, which was a returned color at Home Depot (again got to love a deal!)  Thanks for stopping by – happy décor!


$3 Garage Sale Table Frame Turned Bench

$3 Garage Sale Table Frame Turned Bench

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today, we are going to share how our $3 garage sale table frame turned bench.  As you all know, our daughter is getting ready for her own place, and we are starting to put the pieces together for the big move in.  At a garage sale, we found a $3 table frame treasure!  The old metal table frame that was silver and gold, was turned to bright and beautiful!

Needs List:

-Old table frame (We found ours at a garage sale)

-Steel Wool

-Paint with Primer (any color you like)

-Clear spray sealer

-Gray Spray Paint (you can use any color you like)

-¾” Plywood 2 ft x 4 ft long (hardware store or scraps from the garage)

-Mod Podge Glue (or your favorite adhesive glue)

– 2 ft x 4 ft piece of 5 inch high density foam


– 4 sheet metal screws

-2 yards of fabric (your choice – when you go shopping don’t forget your coupon to have an even bigger savings!)

What we did:

1.   First, scratch the metal garage sale table frame with steel wool so the paint will adhere better to the slick surface. We also had plastic circles we had to pop out of our table that we also rubbed with steel wool.  We then spray painted the circles with RustoleumⓇ Paint and Primer in One in a Metallic Nickel color.


2.   After scratching up the surface we hand-painted the frame using BehrⓇ Paint and Primer in One,  in the color Hazelnut Cream (the same color we used in the ottoman project) because Crysta decided she wanted paint strokes in the piece giving that wood look.


3.   When the paint is dry, we sprayed the piece with a clear sealer so paint has a protective layer.  Then we hammered the plastic circles back into place.


4.   To create the bench top for our garage sale table frame we then cut a 2’x4’x3/4″ piece of plywood.  We had to trim about two and a half inches off so our foam and plywood matched the same dimensions.  This also gave us about a one inch overhang on each side so we could easily attach our fabric which you will see in later steps.


5.   After the wood and the foam were cut the same length, we secured the plywood bench top to the metal garage sale table frame by drilling holes in both the plywood bench top and the metal frame and attached using sheet metal screws.  With a metal frame this is important so the two pieces (the wood and the metal) have a better bond.


6.   After the plywood bench top is secured to the table frame we then glued 5 inch high density foam we purchased from Joann’s Fabric that was ½ price (we love a sale!). We used this foam to top the plywood seat, and covered that with white batting so the green foam color would not show though the fabric.


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7.   Last, we added our fabulous fabric of chevron print that is grey and cream.  We purchased the fabric from one of our favorite craft stores, Hobby Lobby for $8.98 a yard (we had a whopping 40% off coupon lowering that fabric down to our price range), using 2 yards, we covered the foam and stapled under the 1” over hang.

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With all materials the total cost of this piece was under $40! To think it all started with a $3 garage sale find.  Thanks for stopping by!


Chic DIY Ottoman from this Old Coffee Table

Make a chic DIY ottoman from your old coffee table; Bringing new life to old pieces

Turning something old and un-functional into something new and usable is a great way to recycle some old pieces that you may have laying around your house or at your local thrift shop.  The best part: you can turn them into anything you want!  My daughter, who moved back in with my husband and I after switching colleges is saving up money to move into her first apartment after graduation so we are beginning to make pieces for her new place.  The best part about this chic DIY Ottoman project is that there are no rules, you can do whatever you’d like.  Here are the basics of what you will need.

-Old coffee table (square, rectangle, or circle)
-Furniture cushion 3-4 inches thick (this can be bought at the craft store or even your local Lowes)
-Mod Podge (or some other adhesive) –
-2 yards of fabric of your choice
-Staple gun
-Decorative nail heads
-Paint of your color choice
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks
-Cambric fabric

Here are the steps you will need to take to turn an old coffee table into a chic DIY ottoman:

1.   Paint the coffee table the color of your choice, this will bring new life to a boring old piece so you can make it your style.

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Step 1: Paint the Coffee Table

2.   After the table is dry, lay the furniture cushion on top of the table and trim the cushion so the top is covered in the cushion. (We already had our cushion glued on before we painted)

3.   Glue the cushion down to the table top.

4.   Place the fabric over the glued down cushion to make sure it is centered the way you want if there is a pattern.  Then life up a corner at a time and spray Mod Podge glue over the cushion in that are and smooth it out.  Make sure to do this on all sides so the fabric doesn’t move around.

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Step 4a: Spray adhesive on foam
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Step 4b: Smooth fabric on adheased foam

5.   Once it is placed the way you like shoot a couple of staples into the underneath of the table to hold the fabric into place.

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Step 5: Staple fabric in place

Flip the table over so the fabric is on the counter (make sure the counter is covered with a clean sheet or covering so the fabric doesn’t get dirty) and begin stapling the rest of the fabric to the bottom of the table.

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Step 5b: Staple fabric to coffee table

6.   After the fabric is all stapled to the bottom place the cambric fabric over the whole bottom of the table and glue it down with the hot glue so the underneath will have a finished look.  (If you aren’t familiar with cambric fabric it is usually seen on the underneath of upholstered furniture as a finishing.)

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Step 6: Attach cambric fabric to ottoman

7.   Once the cambric fabric is glued down flip over the table so it is standing on its legs.  Hammer in the decorative nail heads around the side. We used a nail head roll where you only put in nail head every few inches but the whole thing will look like it has nail heads around the whole piece.

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Step 7: Attach decorative nail heads to ottoman

8.   Place in front of the couch and enjoy your new DIY ottoman!

Your finished chic DIY ottoman
Step 8: Enjoy your chic DIY ottoman

This whole project took my daughter and I about two hours to complete and we spent less than $60.  A new ottoman of this size can cost you upwards of $300, making your savings around $240.  So, what is stopping you from creating your own chic DIY ottoman!

I hope you enjoyed this how to!

Happy Thursday!

-LC & CC