Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It Came From the Trash

I recently discovered Donna's blog, Funky Junk Interiors. And I have been SO inspired! Not only does she have some amazing projects, but after reading her post about how she got to where she is now, it was truly uplifting. So I really wanted to participate in her "Gitter Done" series.

I had these grand plans of getting Hubby to help, and together we would build an entertainment center for the big tv or even really cool bunk beds for the kids. Because he took the weekend off, so we had p-l-e-n-t-y of time...right?

Saturday was spent running around, touring places in Madison we have never been. And I will say, that is a blog post by itself.

But there was Sunday, right? Then he asked. Grown man, Husband, Bread Winner, asked me if he's friend in Birmingham drove down of Sunday, could they go play golf? What would YOU say? Of course, I said "Sure!" And re-planned my thinking.

"I can do this by myself", "There is a ton of smaller things I can do, but what can I do that would really make a BIG impact, and leave me feeling like I DID something?"

Then I saw it. The trash-turned-treasure coffetable that I found along side the road. I have another, beautiful iron coffetable, that has a glass top. Well, DID have a glass top. During one of our moves, it broke. So we have been without. And when I initially saw this piece of junk, I was really just wanting to take the legs (I have a think with wooden legs. There was another table on the same junk pile that I talked Hubby into attempting to take, but they were screwed in too tight) . Then I used it for awhile as a display table for my shop.

So when we moved into this house, the table made it's way in front of the sofa, and there it has sat, ugly as all get out but withstanding two kids playing on it, using is as a diving board, as a make-shift dinner table. And it never complained.

So I decided it was time to make it fit in.

And let me say one quick thing. This table is solid wood, it's heavy!!

After sanding down the few spots there were left of the finish, I perused my stash of leftover cans of paint. I really wasn't even sure what color I was going for, I was just using what I had!

( Insert picture of base coat, then a top coat, then another top coat, then some weird brushing with an old paint brush, all the while running back inside for this or that or to change a diaper or fix the munchkins something to eat, you get the picture!)

And Then....

it was done!

Back in it's spot in front of the sofa

And I honestly had no intention of this matching!
But I have had this little tin for a long time and
just LOVE the colors in it!
Oh, you don't know how happy I am
every time I see this now!

I would like to thank Donna for inspiring me to tackle this project. I am SO READY to tackle some more!!

You have been warned...LOL!!

And I would like to thank all of you who have stopped by my blog within the last few weeks. I have meet some really wonderful people...I don't get out of the house ( not having a car kinda puts a damper on getting outta the house!) Plus we have moved so much, it's sometimes hard to make good friends. So thanks to each of you that has become a new friend of mine. I really appreciate it :0)



  1. Kristal, way to GO! Some things are just meant to be. I think there's great pride in accomplishing a task all on your own and you're living proof. Keep it up and hope you link up next month for another! :)

    Very cool colour on that table!

  2. Wow, beautiful! I'm a sucker for that teal/turquoisy color. Was your base coat white and top coats with weird brush this tealish color? I'm new to this furniture thing. What a difference some paint made, eh?

    Lyndsey @ http://abacktobasicslifestyle.blogspot.com/

  3. This is beautiful!! You did a great job, and if this is the type of color you just have sitting around, then I need to swing by!

  4. What a great job! I love the new color. It's certainly the HOT color to have right now.

    Good job!

  5. That color is gorgeous! Great job!!

    Nice to meet you!!!


  6. Wow, great job!! Talk about making someone else's trash into your own treasure. :) I love that turquoise color, too--very happy. The tin is fantastic, too.