Wednesday, August 3, 2011

From Curbside to Bedside

Well, they're done.  I finished waxing them lastnight and I would've posted them first thing this morning but it was rainy and over-cast which doesn't make for good pictures.

Here's a before picture and you can read about it here:

The sun came out so I brought them outside for a photo shoot.

I love them.

Thanks to the Graphics Fairy for the design and to Korrie from the Red Hen for the inspiration and the encouragement.

Here's how I did it:

Start with two F R E E tables via curbside. 

I'm not into sanding/stripping so I used this stuff called TSP that I bought at Lowe's.  It's a pre-paint surface preparer that de-glosses, degreases, and cleans.  I followed the directions on the bottle.

I then gave it two coats of white gloss Valspar paint.

I printed the picture from The Graphics Fairy and took it to Kinko's and had it blown up.  I tell them the surface size and they do the figuring for me.  All I do is pay for the copy.

Then I scribbled on the back in pencil, cut it down a bit, then I taped it to the top of my table. 

Then I traced the picture using a pencil.  This method is great because when you take the paper off it leaves the image on the table.

Then I used a black Elmer's Paint Pen to go over the outline and color it in.  Sharpie also makes paint pens but their's are oil based whereas Elmer's are acrylic.

After that dried, I used 120 grit sandpaper and shabbied them up.

Then I took Antiquing glaze by Valspar, which I bought at Lowe's, and wiped it on/off using a little water to achieve the look I wanted.

I am pretty excited about how they turned out.  I asked my 6 year old what she thought of my tables and she told me they look old.  That tells me I achieved the look I was going for.

After the glaze dried I applied Min Wax's clear Finishing Paste to protect them.

I am going to use these for night stands in our bedroom.

What are you working on?


For now, I'm linking up to the following parties.



  1. These came out fantastic! What a great curb find. I have been wanting to do this and was inspired by Korrie too.

  2. They are just perfect. I love the idea of putting a the postage on them. I saw the post too and I have some french advertising I would like to try out. Now, I just need to find the table by the side of the road.

  3. Oh I just LOVE a story that begins with "FREE."
    It's my favorite price.

    You did a marvelous job in rescuing these orphans from a fate worse than death and glamour-ing them up to where they can live in style and once again hold their heads up high in society.

    Good job! :-)

    I've got a shed full of tables waiting for me to paint them, but I have been afflicted this summer by a bad case of the Lazies.

  4. they ended up coming out so cute! love the graphic tops!

  5. These are fabulous! The graphics on the top really make the difference... can't wait to see how they look in your bedroom. :)

  6. Love them! The price was perfect and the 6 year old is a genius! LOL


  7. These tables turned out amazing!! What a wonderful idea!!

  8. Love the graphic you chose. It was perfect for these matching tables. Too cute! Your hard work totally shows! And you can't ever beat free :).

  9. They are wonderful! Thanks for sharing how you did the tops.


  10. These are absolutely fabulous!
    I am so happy I stopped by!
    Your blog is great!

  11. They look great, Kaye! I love the shape of the top. I found a curbside dresser with the same shape and that really was what made me stop for it. The transfer worked great, too!

    Visiting from WUW! : )

  12. I love the image you used on top! Looks great!

  13. Awesome job! Love the shabby with the chic in these little tables!

    Visiting from MMS Linky Party today

    ~Suzanne in IL

  14. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!
    hugs, Cheryl

  15. Absolutely positively FABULOUS young lady!! Isn't Korrie's inspiration just the BEST!? old gal visiting from

  16. What a great idea,these tables turned out beautiful!!Thanks for sharing.