Trash to Treasure Side Tables

Trash to Treasure End Tables

If you’ve been following me at all, then you know my husband has found some pretty good things at the curb waiting for the garbage trucks.  Like this Trash to Treasure End Table, This Bench, and these Wicker Chairs!  I, however, never have much luck in this department.  That is until a few weeks ago when I spotted THESE!

Trash to Treasure - Side Tables

The day I found these was trash day, and consequently as I was leaving my neighborhood, I got stuck behind the slow garbage truck.  To avoid it taking forever to get out of my ‘hood, I went down a side street I don’t normally go down so I could use the other exit out of our neighborhood.  Well, as I turned onto that street, I spotted these tables out of the corner of my eye waiting at the curb.  However, I didn’t stop to pick them up, cause, well, I guess maybe I was a little embarrassed to take them?  And, I was running late to the gym.  I texted my husband who was still home, and asked him if he had time would he please check them out for me.  About 20 minutes later he texted me back and said “Got ’em.  Good score”!  Yaaaaa! He is such a good husband, and obviously not embarrassed to be a trash picker.  LOL

Check out these Trash to Treasure End Tables…

As you can see, the tables were really nice and in great condition,  but had no tops.   However, I knew I could come up with something to fix that.  First, I checked Home Depot for tabletops, but they didn’t have the size I wanted.  Then, I checked Amazon, and Yup, of course they had the perfect size (19 inch) .  I ordered only one, just to make sure it fit and looked good.  Happily it did (so I ordered 2 more).

Now…..what to do with these cute little things? Since I only had one complete table, I started by playing around with that one figuring once I perfected that one, and the other tops arrived, I’d just copy what I did to the other 2 (or maybe even do something different with the other 2).

Here is what I came up with.

Step 1 in Trash to Treasure End Tables, Paint…

My first step in bringing these tables from trash to treasure was to paint, of course.  I had some Sherwin Williams paint in the color Naval left over from this pub table project, so I used that.  It looked great.  I just love this color.

Trash to Treasure - Side Tables

Step 2, Gold Dipping…

Once I was done painting I decided to do a little gold dipping.  I’ve been seeing this technique on furniture pieces in the stores and online and thought I’d try it out.  I took a trip to Lowes and picked up a can of this gold spray paint.

To achieve the effect I was looking for, first, I flipped the table over, and then I used some left over grocery bags and tape to mark off where I wanted to paint, not worrying about doing exact measurements.   The bags protected the part of the leg I didn’t want to paint.  Like this…

Then, I spray painted, until all the navy was covered up (approximately 2 coats).

Step 3, Painting the Top and Sealing the Piece…

Now, to address the top.  At first, I painted the top navy.  It looked okay.  On the other hand, I thought it might look better gold, so I gave it a try.  Yes, I liked that much better!

The last step was to seal the piece. I always use Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish to seal my furniture makeovers, applying at least 2 coats to protect the finish.  It is water based, dries fast, and doesn’t yellow.

My husband attached the top for me, and it was done!  Pretty simple project and looks really pretty.  Most importantly, it is a nice save from the landfill!

Here is how it looks styled in my home.  Cute, right?  Doesn’t it kinda look like these elegant, fancy legs are wearing elegant, fancy boots?  This table is ready to part-tay!

Gold Dipped Side Tables

Gold Dipped Side Tables

Have you ever rescued something from the trash?  I’d love to see!

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  • Reply Terrie Tipler February 27, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Jodi….my word I can’t believe how beautiful the tables turned out. I love the navy and gold. Awesome and I am like your husband…”Great score”!!!!

    • Reply Jodi House February 27, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      Terrie, thank you so much for the kind words! I am so pleased with how it came out too. A little different style for me, but I really love it.

  • Reply Dori February 28, 2020 at 9:43 am

    I love this Jodi! So cool you were able to find tops for the base and I love the dipping technique! So cool!

    • Reply Jodi House February 28, 2020 at 10:28 am

      Thank you so much, Dori! I am so happy with the way it came out.

  • Reply Jessica February 28, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Oh wow! These turned our so amazing! Great transformation!

  • Reply Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap March 1, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    This was such an amazing find! I had to laugh when you were talking about not wanting to stop and pick them up yourself so you called your husband and got him to go get them! Too funny!

    • Reply Jodi House March 2, 2020 at 7:17 am

      haha! He has no fear! He’ll take anything. LOL

  • Reply Pam March 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    I loved this project! But curious me . What did you do with the other two tables?

    • Reply Jodi House March 4, 2020 at 7:25 am

      Nothing yet, but I plan to do the same look for at least one other table and then not sure about the third one yet. Maybe something totally different. Not sure yet.

      • Reply Norma Fritz April 3, 2020 at 11:26 am

        Those tables are very classic. Such beautiful style… And you achieved a very classy effect!

  • Reply Bonnie Ainsworth March 6, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Love the “treasures” you refurbished! Great husband to go for the “score”! Fabulous look! Elegant!

    • Reply Jodi House March 6, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you so much, Bonnie! Yup, my husbands a keeper!

  • Reply Emily March 13, 2020 at 2:10 am

    Wow!!! These turned out amazing! Such a great transformation!! Love the black and gold combo!!

  • Reply Luelie Isbell April 3, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Beautiful. I love the color and the gold dipping. I’m never ashamed to pick up stuff out for the trash. Upcycling helps save the environment. I’ve found Little Tike toys, shelves and more. Sometimes, I think people put them out hoping someone will come along and take them.

    • Reply Jodi House April 3, 2020 at 10:53 am

      Thank you! I am so glad you like it! We have found some amazing things in the trash too, and you’re right! People definitely put things out for other people to take. We once did that with an old grill. It had a broken wheel and had seen better days. We put it on the curb and it was gone with an hour!

  • Reply LJ Slater April 3, 2020 at 10:33 am

    REally like the upscale look Jodi.CLASSY? Tell me did your Hubby glue the top on or screw it on, or what. Tks

    • Reply Jodi House April 3, 2020 at 10:55 am

      Thank you so much! We ended up gluing the tops on. We were afraid the wood might split if we used screws.

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