Trash to Treasure – Side Table

My husband did it again! He took this old side table off the side of the road, which was meant for the garbage trucks, and brought it home for me so I could give it a makeover. Not sure if you read one of my latest posts or not, but I have been making some extra money flipping furniture. You can check it out here. You can see all the other goodies he has brought home for me and their trash to treasure makeovers here.

Check out the steps below to see how I fixed up this beat up table using things I already had in my garage.

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Materials Used for this Project…
Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Seaside
This amazing Mandala stencil
Plastic Wood All Purpose Wood Filler

Step 1 – Patch up the Damage

I tried to sand the cracking and damage on the sides of the table but wasn’t having much luck so I used the wood filler instead.


Step 2 Trash to Treasure Side Table – Paint

I had some left over Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in the color Seaside in my garage so used that. This Rust-Oleum paint is amazing. It has a built in primer so you really only need about 1 coat of this stuff.  Below is after one coat, then I went back and touched up any areas I missed.

Step 3 – Apply Stencil to the Glass Top…

The top of this table was just boring glass so I decided to use this stencil I already had on hand to apply it to the top to kick it up a notch. I had never stenciled on glass before but it was very easy. 

First, I flipped the glass over so I was applying the stencil under the glass top.  Next, I sprayed some adhesive to the back of the stencil, lined it up on the glass and stuck it on. Then I spray painted it the same color as the table. Before I peeled the stencil off of the glass I used some SamaN in Dead Flat Clear Coat to seal it.

Step 4 – Apply Top Coat…

I usually use Minwax Polycrylic for my top coat on any of my furniture flips, but didn’t have any on hand. I did have some of this SamaN in Dead Flat Clear Coat left over from when I completed my dining room table so decided to use that. 

And here she is…..all prettied up and ready to be listed for sale.



  • Reply Rebecca B Elliott March 19, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    I think you need to christen this little girl “Eliza,” for Eliza Doolittle in “Pygmalion!” What a transformation!

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