Trash to Treasure (DIY, painted side table)


This post has been a long time coming. A few months back, I found a side table out by the curbside and brought it home. When I first saw it, it looked terrible! It was dirty, smelly, and worn. Surprisingly, it was very sturdy, the hardware was in good shape, and had no water damage. Score! I brought it home, gave it a good scrub, brought out my trusty paint brush and paint, and got to it.


Look at this before picture. Poor old, worn out, brown and boring table.

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After the good scrub, I removed the hardware and cleaned it up too.


I used the best ever paint, Behr brand, which is a primer and a paint all in one. I really love Behr because I don’t have to sand or prime at all. This paint is a miracle worker. Cuts my time in half, has virtually no odor, dries super fast, and has great coverage. I seriously love this stuff!

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This is after only one coat. Seriously awesome! Doesn’t it look so much better already? The color is a beautiful off white shade called Antique White. I really like the light cream tone it has. I love white but not stark white, so this white is perfect for me. It has just the right amount of yellow in it without being too yellow…know what I mean?


This is after the second coat and after it dried. The whole project time was about an hour and a half or so, from start to finish.

I was very happy with how it turned out.  This table had great bones, all it needed was a fresh coat of paint and little bit of TLC.

I can’t believe that people throw away perfectly good furniture! That’s fine by me though.

My motto is: your trash, my treasure! Ha!

What kind of treasures have you found by the curbside?


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11 thoughts on “Trash to Treasure (DIY, painted side table)

    • Cecilia! Thank you so much for coming by and for your lovely comment. Isn’t thrifting so fun! It’s even better when you find a treasure for free!


  1. Well done, my dear! You have really transformed the old table into something new and beautiful! So glad you joined Roses of Inspiration. Blessings to you!


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