One of the things I love to do is drop by my local Goodwill and see what goodies can be found. Well, one day I managed to stumble upon a wonderfully scruffy side table with a drawer and cubby.
Me thoughts: The lines on the table are purty (as I found out later, it’s a french-styled antique table)…. ohhh yeaaah… DIY-Victim numero uno.
You can also get TSP in a spray bottle at the hardware store or grocery store, but I chose the more cost-effective solution (the only difference is 2 minutes more prep by dissolving the TSP crystals in warm water and lightly wiping with a cloth)
Now to a much cleaner version of itself:
(gasp… look at those pitiful flowers in our pot… and the overgrown shrubs reaching out for a trimming… okay, refocusing on the table…)
Needless to say, this side table needed three coats of paint.
And Voila… (well, she’s missing a handle, but the search for hardware begins!)
Although she was starting to perk up on the outside, she still had some ooglay-ness going on inside. The drawer was a bit… shall we say, neked (my walls are also neked… as you can see the trim-less edges)
Problem solved! I use a spray adhesive and a bit of left over wall paper (something purty to look at whenever one is rummaging for their keys)
I had the option of using those stick-on drawer liners that are fragranced, but I opted for this pretty baby blue damask wallpaper I found at Home Depot :)
Note to readers: Spray adhesive works REALLY quickly. Once I sprayed, and unrolled my pre-cut piece of wallpaper, it.stuck.on.
Lucky for me, I managed to unroll the sheet in the exact spot it needed to be (my neighbours must have heard my gasps, eeeps…. and my sigh of relief when I did this).
Not too bad, huh?
With the hardware hunt on a rise and finding a wicker basket for the cubby (for 50% off at $7!), this is what she turned out to look like:
I’d say it looks like a perfect addition to any nursery or a guest room/guest bathroom to hold books or towels…
For the time being, we’re using it as an out of place TV stand
while our house is under renos! :)
(My husband is a hardcore Apple fan, and of course uses our TV as a larger monitor)
Total cost of side table: $15 (table) + $3 (hardware) + leftover paint (free) + leftover wallpaper (free) + $7 (basket) = $25 (not too shabby for my first project!)