Do you ever go into a thrift store and find an absolute score but not have any idea what you will actually do with your amazing find? That was exactly the predicament I found myself in when I found this table.
The last thing I needed was another piece of furniture in need of an update, laying around my shop. Buuuuuut it was marked $2 and it was half off day. I mean, how could I leave it there?
The top desperately needed to be fixed. It was peeling and chipping but that didn’t seem like that big of a deal….until I actually started trying to fix it.
At this point I was thinking I wasted a dollar. No big deal but the legs on this table were so pretty I really wanted to do something with it. I wasn’t liking the idea of just covering the top with a piece of plywood. I thought it would take away from the overall look of it. Then I found this fabric and had my Ah-Ha moment. The table had to become an ottoman!
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As you can imagine, when you buy a table for $1, it may need a little work. So the first thing I needed to do was a little fixing up. This one was pretty wobbly. Some scrap wood and a few pocket holes with my Kreg Jig were all I needed to get this piece to stand strong once again.
As you can see there was plenty of chipping and damage to the legs and I don’t love removing polyurethane and stain, so paint was the answer for this piece.
I decided to use my HomeRight paint sprayer. HomeRight was nice enough to sponsor this post and send me the sprayer to try out. It was the first time I used it and I was a little nervous. In my mind, using this machine was going to go like this. I pull the trigger, paint goes everywhere except onto the table it is meant for and I end up covered in paint because I can’t control the flailing paint sprayer. Well thankfully, that didn’t happen. I actually plugged it in expecting a noise or something and…..nothing! It doesn’t make any noise until you pull the trigger. I was pleasantly surprised. It also doesn’t spray a 10 foot wide cone of paint that goes everywhere. It is much less scary in real life than it was in my head.
The most important step in using the paint sprayer is to check the paint for the correct thickness. The sprayer comes with a tool to use for this. Once it is the right consistency, pour the paint in the container, screw it on and that is it! Clean up is pretty easy too, although I wish I had someone to constantly clean up after me when my projects are finished so I can just go style my work.
This is only one coat of Mohair Blue and that was all this table needed!
How awesome is this fabric with this paint color! Could it have been any more complimentary?!?!?!
The top still needed some work to get it ready for the fabric. I had one of those egg carton mattress pads laying around (don’t ask me why) and I thought I could use that as the padding for this project instead of buying new foam.
I cut two pieces, the exact size of the top of the table. Then, I turned the egg sides toward each other and that made the egg carton become a flat surface.
You could use some spray fabric adhesive to stick the foam to the tabletop. I didn’t have any, so I skipped that.
I lined the foam up on the table and laid the fabric on top. You will need an overhang to leave room for stapling.
Fold the edge of the fabric over the lip of the table, and start stapling.
Yes I have the oldest stapler known to man. I need an upgrade, bad! Tell my husband, won’t you?
Because this table had a wonderful overhang, I wasn’t concerned with covering the staples as I would do if I were stapling on a more noticeable area. If you aren’t so lucky, just cover the staples with any trim or roping you like. You can find some great options here.
Once I completed stapling all the way around, I was able to sit back and put my feet up, after I cleaned up my mess 🙂 Isn’t she pretty?
If you just need to get your hands on a paint sprayer, visit HomeRight. They have a bunch of fun things to use to make your projects simpler. I got one of their Spray Shelters and it has saved my grass from being ruined by my spray painting habit.
So the next time you find that score, don’t feel so bad about brining it home. It could just be the next beautiful project you come up with!
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