Saving A Side Table – Trash to Treasure

Today I am going to show you one of my latest projects.  I really feel like this is a “trash to treasure” type of deal.  My storage war hubby brought home this broken side table that he purchased for $1.50.  YES!  ONE DOLLAR AND FIFTY CENTS.

When I asked what he planned on doing with this gem, he said “I’m going to put shoe polish on it and cover up the scratches.”  Whaaaat???  I think he needs to stick to FINDING the pieces and I’ll work on bringing them back to life.

The first thing I did was clean this piece… really good.  When I pulled the drawer out, it fell out and tipped over.  I noticed that the track guide thingy in the back of the drawer was missing.  So I purchased this one from Lowe’s and attached it to the bottom of the drawer.  It worked PERFECTLY!

I then decided to paint the body of the table with FolkArt Chalk Paint.  I chose the color Sheepskin and I loved it!  After that, I sanded down the top until only bare wood was showing.  I started doing it by hand and it took forever, so I grabbed my mouse sander and knocked it out very quickly.  I did go back over it by hand with a finer grit sandpaper to make it super smooth.
Next I stained the top with Rustoleum Kona wood stain.  I put two coats on and it gave the top a beautiful dark color.  Three coats of polyurethane and this gem was complete!  Oh, I also gave the piece a very light distressed look by using the stain rag and carefully going over some of the raised parts and outside edges… I am not a fan of dark wax, it makes my pieces look dirty (probably user error).
Are you ready for the final product?
I LOVE IT!  I won’t lie either, I almost kept this, but decided it needed a new home.  From the time I listed it, until it sold was approximately 8 minutes.  Wow!
Here is a comparison:
I could work on pieces like this all day.  It really is amazing to see something that was probably going to be trash, get transformed into a treasure.  The new owner was so excited!
Have you transformed trash to treasure?  Isn’t it fabulous?!
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  1. That was $1.50 well spent! Worth so much more than that now!

  2. Oh my goodness!! Beautiful transformation! Well done! … oh and those "people" who put shoe polish on furniture as a "fix" should be arrested! lol 🙂 !!
    Have a great weekend!

  3. I agree Terry!

  4. Thanks!

  5. $1.50?!?!!? Wow!!!!! What a steal! And you fixed it up so nice, too! Love that Kona stain color, just beautiful.

  6. Thanks Audra! I don't know how my husband finds this stuff! Right now I have a garage full of his finds… I wish I had more hours in the day!