Monday, April 25, 2011

Craigslist transformation

One night my husband and I decided to try out this fantastic Asian restaurant called banana leaf. We even decided to take all the kids with us. Luckily that day I had been looking at craigslist and found this behind the sofa table for $20. We decided we would pick it up and we DID! I knew I needed to paint it but here it was for a few weeks sitting around deciding where it wanted to end up.

I loved the food and especially the table! After a few weeks of scatterbrainedness I decided to sand it down and see the condition of the wood

It looked good! Oh and a great trick is to sand it then wet it down evenly because it shows you how it will look with stain. Then I sanded it with fine sandpaper and wiped it down and pulled out the stain and freshly laundered rags. I bought dark walnut. This stain is VERY forgiving. I bet it even looks great to not perfect wood. I bought the tiny little can that costs around $4.50. I used it for two small table stains and I still have half a can left. I only did two coats of stain on this table. Then I had this:

I have three children so I knew polyurethane was inevitable. I waited 2 days and applied a coat of the stuff. Maybe I should have done 2 coats but I was impatient. I wanted this table to match my stairs so I decided to paint the legs a crisp white (I just used a gloss white left over from painting all the floor boards in the house) It is surprisingly sturdy.

I did two coats and used a mini roller because I didn't want strokes but I should have just used a nice brush. I waited a day for the legs to dry and then put it in my house

Its a very simple piece but I absolutely love it! So does my husband. This one is definitely a keeper for more than one house!
I love craigslist!!

Project cost:
$20 table
$4.50 stain
white paint on hand
sand paper 1 pack ($5.50)
total: $30

Not bad for a fantastic table. My son has already decided this is his new homework area. He loves the little red ottoman turned chair.

Linking up with:

Centsational Girl


  1. gorgeous! I love what you did :)
    Glad you linked up to the party!!

  2. great job! I LOVE craiglist...we just got a sectional sofa for a great price of there!

    I am a new follower from Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  3. Love the way this table came out, great find! will definitely become a follower :)

  4. Awesome what a thrifty find with a great look! I’m your newest follower from Creative Bloggers Hop. Please follow

  5. It turned out so pretty! Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  6. That looks brilliant, love the walnut and white! A really great makeover.