Friday, June 17, 2011

Ravishing in Red: My Pedestal Table

In April, our church had a rummage sale to raise money to fill backpacks with school supplies for local families who could not afford the expense for their elementary school aged children. Of course, I went to look for treasures, volunteer, etc. I scored my fabulous new kitchen canisters for $4 and went back and forth debating on whether I should buy a lonely little black pedestal table. One of the church ladies said she would give it to me for $2, but I went ahead and paid full price - a whopping $5 to help fill the backpacks.

The table was nothing special... manufactured furniture, rough shape, and covered in stickers. I figured at the very least, I was making a donation. So, I got the table home:

 My mother came over later that day, takes one look at the table, and told me she garbage picked it and donated it to the church rummage sale, despite my father's suggestion that she ask if we might want it. So yes, I paid $5 for the table my mom got out of the garbage. Oh well, it's all a good cause!

Anyways, months went by, much rain was had, weddings were attended, and other projects took priority.  I finally decided where I was going to put the table this weekend.

First order of business was sticker peeling. In this picture, you can kind of see superman, a vampire, and a partially peeled ghost. Must have been a little boy's nightstand.

 I then picked up a couple cans of Wagon Red NOW spray paint at Valu. The price tag said $1.97, but they both rang up at 99 cents. Score!

I was too lazy and cheap to prime.  I figured I didn't want candy apple red, and if everyone is so big on black glaze over solid colors, why not just let black show through the paint?

Anyways, I gave it about four coats and switched out the knob for a lovely new silver pull.

Do you like my helper?

Anyways, here's the table drying:

Annnd, in place on my porch:

To break it all down, the table was $5 (going to a good cause), the spray paint was $2 for 2 cans, and the knob was $1.50. Not bad for an $8.50 investment!



  1. Love your table! Great color!

  2. Spectacular! And I am so relieved to know that I am not the only one who is too lazy to prime from time to time!

  3. Thanks Erin! I was too lazy and too cheap. I kind of like a little black showing through the paint in the nooks and crannies, too....

  4. love your blog! i'm definitely a new follower. hope to learn a lot from thrifting and makeovers.

    ♥ dunhillexchange