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From Trash to Treasure, roadside upcycle

For quite some time, I’ve been hoping to find a better side table go by the sofa in the living room. The one that has been there really was not tall enough.   And while I’m not one to follow decorating rules, each time I would set a glass down on the table, I’d remember why some rules aren’t meant to be broken.

 And I knew this glass and gold table would be able to shine in another spot in the room.

I honestly wasn’t actively seeking another table, but in the back of my mind I knew one day I’d stumble upon the right one.

As luck would have it, my trusty companion, Tucker, and I were making the last block on our run toward home and spotted this curiosity near the curb. We stopped and inspected what turned out to be a round table.

I immediately moved it next to the front door and rang the bell.  No one was home and I could hear the garbage truck on the next street over.  So I left it near the front door and ran home with a little more pep in my step. 🙂

Once I got the table home, I discovered why it had been left for trash.  The top half broke off the base because it was a flip top table.  I’d imagine the release came undone abruptly and snapped the stand in half.

The holes in which the screws were supposed to hold the table together were a stripped mess.  I’m guessing this had happened before.

I first tried Liquid Nails.  It took forever to dry and even when it was dry, it was not a very tight hold. It was stuck together, but it wobbled some. Not a good surface to hold the amazing lamp I had been making over. 🙂

Then I got smart and used Epoxy.  That stuff is amazing.  A quick mix of the two gels in the double barreled dispenser and I was in business.  I covered the screws, filled the holes and went along the edge with the epoxy.

The next morning I had a completely tight hold.  I moved the table into place and marveled at the perfect proportions of my trash day find.

While the height of the table was perfect, but it almost disappeared next to the dark sofa and floor.

It was then that I knew that despite the pretty inlay pattern on top, this sweet thing with fancy legs that were hidden in all this darkness was getting a true makeover.

A little Old White Annie Sloan Chalk paint was what she needed.  After the first coat, I knew this was the right move.

Don’t you love my ecclectic mix of wood risers I use when painting?

Then I thought, how about a little distressing with Aubusson Blue since the console immediately behind it was done in that rich, deep aqua color?

I hit a few key places with the blue and followed up with a second coat of Old White. A few scuffs with a sanding block and some Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

With the based repaired, the flip top catch glued tight and a light and bright finish it looked like a million bucks!  You’d never know this was someone’s trash. And I had the perfect place for the drip lamp I created.


My love my new found treasure. Don’t you?  I could have shopped countless hours trying to find a table for this space. I now have a new appreciation for garbage day runs!


Keep your eyes open to the possibilities on your trash day. You never know what you might find!  Have you ever rescued a curbside find? 

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4 Comments

  • Lauren Davison
    July 20, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Great Job!!! <br />Lauren

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  • Jeannine
    July 20, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Love it! And I must say, great minds think alike. My husband brought home a round end table from a yard sale and I just finished painting it in ASCP Old White. Isn&#39;t it amazing how just a coat of paint can totally change the life of a piece!?!<br />So glad you were able to repair yours, cuz it is fabulous now!!<br /><br />Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

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  • Cynthia
    July 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Your little table turned out so sweet, it&#39;s perfect in white. I love finding &#39;treasures&#39; on the side of the road. Funny thing, though, we usually stumble upon them when we are least expecting them, never on garbage day!

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  • Diana - FreeStyleMama
    July 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!

    Reply

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