Thursday, April 5, 2012

Turning Garbage into Glamour

Since I often don't leave the house (I mean, gas costs a fortune, if I go I buy, toting three kids around isn't all it's cracked up to be, and hey, I love my place and there's never not something to do on the home front!), I often don't get great curbside finds.  Well, not like Tami from Curb Alert anyway!  It never ceases to amaze me what treasures that girl finds on the curb.  So most of the stuff I haul off the curb is when I'm out driving to my lawns in the summer.  I think most of you know that I mow lawns in the small town I live near.  Love it!  Which is a great time to find curb treasures because I'm in a pick up truck and have a little room to spare on my trailor!  Such was the case when I came across this table.  Yeah, almost didn't take it, it was so ugly... and scratched up plastic top?  What, Kammy?!  But I just can't let stuff that's nearly perfectly fine to get dumped in some landfill when it could have a new wonderful life!
First I covered it in my never-ending roll of paintable wallpaper that I found at a garage sale for 25 cents.  Best quarter I ever spent.  It's made me the coolest faux tin backplash, among numerous other things I've used it for.
Then I painted the wall papered top black, along with the legs of the table.
I wanted the design to really show off so I kind of rubbed some of the paint off with a damp rag, while the paint was still wet.

I'm pretty glad I took the 30 seconds out of my day to toss this into the back of the truck while I was driving by.  I think this piece of trash turned into a little treasure. :)
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27 comments:

  1. Well shucks, aren't you sweet! **blush**
    Don't sell yourself short, you have picked up some pretty awesome things and turned them into some gorgeous gems! Enjoy your time with your family. Happy Easter :)
    ~Tami @ Curb Alert! (((awww still blushing - thanks for the mention!)))

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  2. That is beautiful Kammy! Love it!

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  3. That is beautiful Kammy! Love it!

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  4. Nice work! What a great idea for rescuing that table base!

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  5. Hi Kammy!! I love this and I think it's a great curbside find!! (you did good ;)

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  6. Ooh, how pretty! Rubbing the extra paint off to highlight the pattern really makes the whole piece shine. I would love to try something like this with shiny silver legs. Hm, I hear the paintable wallpaper at Lowe's calling my name...

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  7. I love it, repurposing is so great things are wasted too often. Thanks for sharing. Tricia @ {SeekingEco-Chic}

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  8. Wow! What a great table makeover! I love what you did with it.

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  9. What a great find - I love it.

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  10. What a great transformation! I'm a "recycler" -- but would have had a hard time seeing the potential in the before -- but then I didn't know about the handy roll of paintable wallpaper! Wonderful idea. I would love it if you would consider linking to Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy, a Sunday through Thursday link party for ideas that make life easier, better and more fun!

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  11. That table came out great. I have been known to stop by the side of the road to pick up someones discarded item :) much to the embarrassment of who ever is with me :( I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back http://necessaryinspiration.blogspot.com Thanks, Linda

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  12. This is an amazing table re-vamp! Gorgeous and sleek table!

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  13. I do love this table. What a cool idea with the paintable wallpaper. I love redoing tables too, I'm going to keep this idea in mind.

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  14. Great project for a great find. I always forget the wallpaper idea, thanks for the inspiration. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  15. stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to show some blog luv! that is seriously a GREAT idea!! want to come decorate my living room for me!? LoL.. new follower via email :-)

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  16. That looks so great. What a transformation! I'm your newest follower :-)

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  17. I love the idea of the embossed paper!! Turned this into a beauty!

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  18. Pretty impressive! I love the pattern of the wallpaper and have been wanting to try this on furniture-great job turning trash into treasure!

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  19. that is so cool- the color and design give it kind of a moroccan feel!

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  20. I really like it! I never, ever would think of using wallpaper on a table. Great vision.

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  21. This turned out beautifully! Great idea using the wallpaper! Hopped over from Wow Us Wednesday!

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  22. It does look similar!!! I love yours!!!!

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