Super Cute and Ridiculously Easy Striped Table Refashion…

Realizing I never posted about this table…

 

 

Super cute and ridiculously easy striped  table refashion at  www.DIYinRealLife.com

This table… (Also given to me by ANOTHER friend) I gave the striped treatment!

Super cute and ridiculously easy striped  table refashion at  www.DIYinRealLife.com

Evidently I have a weakness for free tables! 😉

Super cute and ridiculously easy striped  table refashion at  www.DIYinRealLife.com

Done in my traditional gray and white… What can I say? It’s versatile!

Super cute and ridiculously easy striped  table refashion at  www.DIYinRealLife.com

It couldn’t have been easier…

I painted the base coat white…

Then taped off lines with blue painters tape in completely random widths…

(I love me some stripes!)

Then painted the gray using this method.

EASY and CUTE!

Chevron Table Re-do!

So I had one of these tables…  Only it was old.  And the top was super rough.

 

Adorable chevron table refashion at  www.DIYinRealLife.com

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But it was one of those tables that you see all the time.

A couple coats of paint in a fun gray and white chevron print…

And boom!!!!!

 

 

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Ca-UTE table!!!

 

 

Adorable chevron table refashion at  www.DIYinRealLife.com

Love me some chevon!

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Got these ‘lil babies yesterday!

Bought these guys plus the matching chest of drawers yesterday on a facebook group version of craigslist!  CANNOT wait to get started on them!!!!   And showing off the AFTER look!!!  Whoop whoop!!!

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I’m already busy scrubbing and de-glossing…. (Mostly because I want them OUT of my living room and where they BELONG!! lol!!)  Pictures to follow!

Side Table Makeover!

 

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We’ve all seen these tables…  The ones that scream 80’s?  The ones that look like they’re going to take more than a simple coat of paint?

This is a SUPER easy fix that is almost as quick and almost as cheap to do as a simple coat of paint!

 

Our friends had these tables and Handsome Man and I did a few projects at a their house over a weekend…. SO fun!!!

 

Check out the Before’s!

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We had 2 side tables and a matching coffee table to start with…

Side Table Makeover by DIYinRealLife.com

We simply cut 2×6’s for the entire tops and screwed them in from underneath… Suuuuper Easy!

Also… You’ll notice it looks very warm and green outside?  Yeah…. We did this last summer… Just getting around to posting about it now!  It’s not nearly that warm out right now.  I’m pretty sure our month of April is bi-polar!!!

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A coat of primer and 2 topcoats of white latex paint later, this is what they looked like.  Better, right???

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After that, I distressed them a bit and then glazed them with my favorite glaze from Home Depot.

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We also painted and glazed the shelves in the living room while we were at it…

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Looking spiffy, eh??!

Side Table Makeover by DIYinRealLife.com

Side Table Makeover by DIYinRealLife.com

Side Table Makeover by DIYinRealLife.com

Perhaps a little less 80’s now?

How’s THAT for an easy fix?

All it cost were the 2×6’s and some paint we had on hand anyway!  🙂

Dining Room Table and Mismatched Chairs

You’ll notice a lack of BEFORE pictures in this post.  2 reasons for that:

I tend to JUMP into projects with abandon… Much too anxious to get started, I forget all about things like cameras and how people might want to…. You know… Actually SEE what my piece of junk looked like when I started.

 

Secondly…  This was before I started my blog… Or even seriously thought about *maybe* starting a blog.  Therefore… Not really on my radar screen at all.

 

So anyhoo…  Since we’re skipping BEFORE… On to the DURING and AFTERS!  🙂

 

Imagine this…

Free dining room table…. Large… Screamin’ 80’s… with a damaged laminate top.  This thing was uuuuuuuugly!  🙂

 

 

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Went to Menards…. Bought 7 – 2×6’s…    We arranged them on the tabletop… Not an easy task, because even if you spend forever picking out the straightest boards… They’ll still be a wee bit crooked.  So we arranged and rearranged and rearranged till we found they fit the closest.

To attach them,  Handsome Man just screwed them in from underneath.  He had me use my weight to our advantage… Ummmm yeah…. That’s code for… He had me sit on the table while he drilled!  😉   Whatever works, right????

 

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A little leftover stain from the wood floors….  and 6 coats of high-gloss poly sealer…

 

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Looks AWESOME, right?!?!!?  Love it!!!

 

I suppose you’re wondering about the base/legs too, right?

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I painted the legs with several coats of various gray paints… and just for good measure, I sprayed flecks of black spray paint.

 

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Sanded the living daylights out of the edges to distress…

 

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And then glazed the whole base with this miracle stuff.  Seriously?  Love what magic this glaze can preform.  😉

 

 

And the chairs!   My pretty little white mismatched chairs.  Again…. No before picture.  KICKING myself, of course!!! 🙂

 

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I did, however… Get 3 random pictures of me recovering the seats with this awesome gray vinyl I had on hand.

 

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LOVE these chairs actually!  All mismatched but painted the same.  Kinda adore the look and the price makes it even MORE attractive!!! 🙂  Especially since friends gave them all to me for freeeeeeee!   All it cost me was the paint, people.

 

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Anyone else in love as much as I am?  And cheap!  Sweetness!!!

 

 

Check out these other mismatch chairs I loooove!

 

 

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My Favorite Emily and a Desk Before and After….

Emily is my friend.  I don’t see her NEARLY as much as I’d like…. But let me tell you…  Emily is amazing!  One of my favorite roll-models and one of the people I have the MOST fun with.  I’ve known her for probably 18 or so years out of my 26-year life. And she still likes me!!!! 😉

 

Anyhoo…. I *love* visiting Emily!  My favorite thing is to work on some project or another while I’m there… Makes for a GREAT excuse to visit.  lol!

 

A while back this was one of our projects….   Emily blogged about it here…  Loved the re-do for this desk!!!   Be sure to check it out!!!cBeforeAfter

 

 

Blog post coming soon on what we worked on LAST time we were down there visiting!!! 🙂

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Ooooh! A Blue Painted Dresser Before and After!

 

The Before and After of a blue painted dresser acquired on Craigslist!

 

Because a little paint and distressing is awesome.

 

 

Complete with sugar and a coffee cup.  At that time, we didn’t have a kitchen and we kept the coffee maker in our bedroom.  Newlyweds!!!! Ha!

Can’t knock it though until YOU’VE had a coffee maker with a timer sitting on your side table and woke up to the sounds and smells of COFFEE!!!!!  🙂