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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!


$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!


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