Well, I almost didn’t participate in this month’s DIY Furniture Girls. I mean, I already had more on my plate than I could say grace over. And this month’s theme was to create my version of a popular retail piece. The name of the challenge is “Knock-off,” but all I could think about is… Really??? Me??? I am supposed to copy a piece of furniture based on a piece made by the pros? It just didn’t seem possible.
Then, as I settled down and began to think about it, I really didn’t need to try and “copy” the pros.
All I really needed to do was find a look that I loved and create a similar look.
And that’s what I did.
I flipped through a favorite retailer’s catalog and found a little side table that I absolutely loved. Then I set about creating a similar, but not an exact copy of the look.
And you can, too. Here’s how.
SIDE TABLE MAKEOVER
Find a table that has a similar structure as the dream table. Don’t worry about the color, just consider the bones. And if you are not such a good thrifter, not to worry. Neither am I, but I can really rock the discount stores. This little beauty was located at TJMaxx for about $30. Yes, the price was a bit high, but not when I considered its potential.
Tape around the inside to keep paint off of the glass. Suggest to also cover the glass on both sides with paper or plastic so there’s no paint to scrape away later.
Flip the table upsidedown and give it a good spray. When it is dry to the touch, flip it right-side-up and spray it again. I used Rustoleum’s Hammered Gold. It comes in a spray or a can to use with a brush.
Rustoleum is a great product and adheres very well. The only caution is to paint lightly as it is difficult to spread the paint from a run. In fact, please note that the paint should be applied and left to dry. This is because the “pitting” will occur as the paint dries to create the hammered look. If the paint is disturbed, then the pitting effect is lessened or lost.
One coat coverage:
Yes. This table was painted with one coat and achieved marvelous coverage in less than 10 minutes. Please note that some of the darker color was left to show in places to create depth and dimension.
The retailer’s side table has fancier legs, a bottom shelf, and mercury glass in the shelves. It measures 16 inches square and stands 27.75 inches high. The price is $399 plus tax and shipping.
In contrast, my little table could have a mercury shelf if I chose to paint it because Rustoleum also makes mercury glass paint. It measures 10.5 inches by 16 inches and stands 21 inches high. The price is less than $40 for the table and paint.
And I really believe the shape and height of my little side table is better for my space.
But tell me, what do you think? Are similar looks at one-tenth of the pro’s price something you’d like to have in your home?
If so, then you’ll want to do two things.
First, please pin this little makeover for later.
And second, check out similar projects by my super-talented bloggy friends.