It hasn’t been long since I discovered the wonders of the DIY world. Today I will share with you this salvaged table transformation. For those of you who are beginners as well, a DIY project means “do it yourself” project. It involves getting your hands dirty ahaha, salvaging some things that might not be good to other anymore and doing some work on your own so you can get a certain object look nicer, usually for cheaper than you would find it in the store.
The perfect home of DIY projects is by far Pinterest ! If you haven’t heard about it, I am not sure in which planet you’ve been hiding until now. It’s amazing! On this website/app you can find sooo many ideas for pretty much anything you would like to make or to see. If you fall in love with it like I did, or you are already in love with it, make sure you click here to follow me so we can share ideas !
So now that I am more aware of the wonders that can be done with some glue, paint and enthusiasm, I will share with you my latest DIY project and by far my biggest until now.
I was in the car one day coming from grocery shopping when I saw this old,sad looking cabinet/table. Its paint was cracked and scratched, it had no knobs and it was a little bit gross. But, a little light started sparkling in my eyes because I could see huge potential in it. So, against my boyfriends protests, I took it in and started working on it.
These are the steps I took to make it unrecognizable, as well as how much everything cost me
- Chemical stripper (10$- Home Depot) -I stripped away the paint with a chemical paint stripper and the help of a metal scraper(2$-Home Depot). You can follow the instructions on the back of the chemical, but the main thing is to be very careful with it, because it’s super toxic. I used a protection mask and rubber gloves. I did the whole thing on the balcony, with all the windows and doors closed, while my baby was sleeping. This way, non of the smell has to go inside the house and I didn’t have to worry about it being dangerous for her. You need to apply it with a brush and let it sit for 15 min. I left it to sit less than that couse I was under tight schedule, and it still worked. Then, scrape away the paint and put it in a plastic bag that you can seal after. Make sure you put a piece of cardboard under the table so your floor doesn’t get messed up.
- Then I left it to dry and sand it down with sandpaper to remove all leftover paint. You can buy sandpaper for just a couple of bucks at Home Depot
- I then applied a first layer of waterproof paint (16$ for 1 qt at Kelly Moore Paints). I left that to dry and applied another coat, just so it can look more even
- Attaching vintage looking handles and knobs which I got from here (23$) made the table look even better
- Putting some fresh flowers in the drawers to make my cabinet stand out was the last step (Begonias-2.5$/each -local gardening store.
I really really like the way it turned out how this salvaged table transformation turned out and I am excited to buy more flowers and put them in the other drawers.
Also, this project cost me under 50$ which is pretty amazing if you ask me:D
I know your hands are itching right now to go make something like this on your own. So, tell me what was your last project?