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$1 Art Table

The selection at Goodwill and Salvation Army has been minimal lately. When there’s nothing to choose from, I tend to take a closer look at the rejects. 🙂

I spotted this table today. Definitely a reject in my book. Judging by the number of markdowns, I’m not the only one!

For some reason today, I looked at it through different eyes. Instead of my usual thinking “no way in heck would I ever have that thing in my home,” I thought “hey that is a really sturdy table that is just the right size for a kids art table.”

I checked out the price and the many reductions. $5.99 to $3.99 to $2.00 to ONE DOLLAR!

That made my mind up for me. Surely I could risk a dollar and have a little fun creating with this one!

I formulated my plan in the car on the way home. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this piece. Man, I love it when that happens!

I went home and gathered some of my favorite coordinating scrapbook papers by American Crafts.

I cut lots of scrapbook paper triangles and began arranging them on the table top.

Just look at those yummy colors and patterns!

I gave the table a couple of coats of Kilz 2 Latex primer. This stuff goes on like buttah and dries super-quick!

Next I gave the table two coats of Aegean Blue by Martha Stewart (sample pot, of course). 😉

Now anyone who reads this blog knows that I’ve never met a shade of blue that I didn’t like. But this shade is just dreamy. It’s like a summer sky.

Once the Aegean Blue paint dried, I arranged the scrapbook paper triangles to create bunting around the edges and used Mod Podge to adhere them. An added bonus is that the bunting is strategically placed to cover some of the boo-boos on the table top.

I sealed it with Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Clear Gloss to protect the paper bunting.

Here is the finished table.

One of the most satisfying things in the world to me is to take an ugly, rejected piece of furniture and turn it into something beautiful and useful.

I think it’s happy, bright and fun. It makes me want to sit and color.

Oh yeah, and it cost one dollar. Cuh-razy.

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53 Comments Post a comment
  1. Excellent project! Cutie pie table!

    January 19, 2011
  2. Just love the little pennant you made out of the fun scrap book paper! too cute.

    January 19, 2011
  3. Mel #

    adorable! $1?! It’s priceless now. If I weren’t so big, I’d sit down at that table and colour 🙂

    January 19, 2011
  4. Ido #

    You sure know how to do it! Looks beautiful, I should go to the DI more often, but I can never find good bargains.

    January 19, 2011
  5. Oh my…this is soooooo cute! I love it! You are so creative…I love reading your blog.

    January 19, 2011
  6. For real? I wouldn’t have looked twice at that table…but it turned out SO SO cute!! Kudos to you!

    January 19, 2011
  7. Hi,

    I’m a new follower of your blog and I just wanted to say you are amazing. Your creativity is endless and you are really inspiring. I will be beginning the process of completely revamping my living room soon and your blog has given me so many tips and ideas.

    Thank you!

    January 19, 2011
  8. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. #

    That is just so cute! And thrifty too!

    January 19, 2011
  9. Inspired! Way to go!

    January 19, 2011
  10. Very cute! You sure know how to give a sad little neglected piece a whole new life.

    January 19, 2011
  11. You are just toooooo good! I never would have grabbed that little table, but you made it just awesome!

    January 19, 2011
  12. Cuh-YOOT!!!!

    January 19, 2011
  13. Kim #

    That is so cute. Love the cut outs you added. Any child or adult would love to sit there and color. Thanks for linking up this week.

    January 19, 2011
  14. sorry to say – but that table was pretty ugly before & now it’s just PRETTY! nice…and the colors are wonderful for this project!

    January 19, 2011
  15. That’s the best use of a dollar I’ve ever seen. Really cute and unique. What a transformation. I linked over from the Transformation Thursday party.

    January 19, 2011
  16. i will be stealing this idea at some point. i am in LURVE.

    January 19, 2011
  17. Renee #

    Definitely one of my favorite projects I’ve seen all year! Love, love this! And I have a couple of child sized tables just sitting in my garage as we speak!

    January 20, 2011
  18. It’s like taking home the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree….This little guy was probably so happy when you snatched him up….Good eye and great unique makeover.

    Take care,

    January 20, 2011
    • Do you know how many times I have passed by these little tables?? You had some serious vision when you bought this – what an awesome transformation!! I want a larger version for a craft-mama table! -diane

      January 20, 2011
  19. Um…$1.00?!?! AMAZING!! This is so super cute for kids!! I love it!!

    I would love it if you would come link up to my new party, “20 Below Thursday” which spotlights thrifty projects that are under $20!

    January 20, 2011
  20. Ok, that table is adorable! I shared it on my TT&J FB page and linked to you 🙂


    January 20, 2011
  21. sooooo adorable!! I have the perfect kiddie table that NEEDS this! Thank you for sharing!!

    January 20, 2011
  22. Shelley Martin #

    Great idea! You really help me take a good look at items and see new possibilities! Thanks!

    January 20, 2011
  23. Kim #

    What a great idea for an old table!! Now…to find a little table like that for our little ones.

    January 20, 2011
  24. This is such a fab transformation!

    January 20, 2011
  25. Thanks everybody for your nice comments!

    January 21, 2011
  26. So cute! Visiting from Somewhat Simple. Come visit me sometime at SSB!


    January 21, 2011
  27. Visiting from My Romantic Home- This is absolutely adorable! LOVE IT!!

    January 21, 2011
  28. I love your art table!! The pennant is soooo cute.
    I’m featuring it tomorrow in my Crush of the Week post! 🙂

    January 21, 2011
  29. Very pretty! I love it!!

    January 21, 2011
    • Fantastic! Woman after my own heart.I guess we were twins separated at birth, hahaha.
      Check out my blog and you’ll see !!!

      January 21, 2011
  30. Too cute! I love this!

    January 21, 2011
  31. wow that is an awesome transformation!! i love it!

    January 22, 2011
  32. ADORABLE! How clever to make a bunting banner?? Thanks for linking! -shaunna 🙂

    January 22, 2011
  33. I hate to admit this but I used to have a table just like that. Yes, it was a hand-me-down, but I was young and desperate.

    I love the scrapbook paper. Such a good idea that I wouldn’t have thought of!

    Would love for you to drop by and link up to Passion for Paint this weekend.

    January 22, 2011
  34. Marilyn Holeman #


    January 23, 2011
  35. This is so flippin darling! How smart of you to do the bunting around the table. I LOVE it! The sealant that you used, would you mind telling me a little bit more about it? I have been looking for a good, clear sealant forever!! Can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog! Happy Weekend!

    January 23, 2011
  36. That looks awesome, those are going to be some lucky crafting kids! Thanks for sharing this project!

    January 25, 2011
  37. Chas @ A Woman's Haven #

    Very cute!

    January 25, 2011
  38. Deb #

    Just lovely! I had to share it with a Facebook friend…very inspiring.

    January 30, 2011
  39. Love it! That looks awesome. I wish that I would have seen this idea before I made my tea party table.
    I might just have to make another one!

    February 16, 2011
  40. This is just too freakin sweet! LOVE when something like this happens. You did an awesome job….heck I want one…seriously!!! And i wanna color at it too 🙂 Darling project!

    February 16, 2011
  41. I was just discussing with my hubby how to decorate our young sons computer table which is about that size. What a pretty blue!

    February 16, 2011
  42. Great job. I love that table.

    February 17, 2011
  43. I’ve been looking in all the wrong places for a craft table! Thanks for the awesome idea.

    February 17, 2011
  44. Fantastic! I redid a table and was inspired by this post, check it out here:

    February 18, 2011
  45. Sammie #

    Love your creation! What an awesome find!

    February 23, 2011
  46. This is really one of my favorite Mod Podge project EVER! I’ve linked your post here:

    Thanks for sharing!


    October 21, 2011

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