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Tips & Tricks Thursday – Monkey See, Monkey Do

I can’t take credit for todays T&T.

No, not at all.  

It’s an awesome, simple, and inexpensive DIY that I saw (and fell in love with) over on Surrounded by Pretty.  This super-fab blog is written by my friend, Stephanie – and she definitely finds pretty everywhere!  Great tips, design ideas, and (as of a couple of days ago) yummy recipes!  What’s not to love?

So, when I saw this idea for this quick DIY makeover back in August, I jumped at the chance to do it myself.

(…I’m not mentioning the fact that it’s now the end of October… almost three months to complete a DIY project.  Actually, that’s not too bad when you consider my track record…)

I actually have had two of these Ikea Lindved side tables in my guest room for years.  (P.S.  They’re only $20/ea!)  The only thing I really needed was some gold spray paint and time.

Yesterday, the stars aligned, and I everything fell into place:

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Tip:  Use Rust-Olium for metallic spray paint.  I’ve tried other brands.  They are not fabulous.  This is.

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I detached the table top piece and separated the legs from the bottom tray

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I took the extra time to layer my coats of paint.  

Tip:  Be patient, and let each coat dry (it doesn’t take long, I promise) to avoid overly wet spots that pool.

The Finished Product

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I’m really pleased with how they turned out.  Now I just need to style them (story of my life…)

Overall, the whole project took me just over 2 hours for both tables – and that was trying to multitask a few other things along with this project.  

Plus, it the total cost was less than $50!  

Quick and inexpensive?  That makes momma really happy!

Tiina

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. They look great! I’m looking forward to seeing how you style em (story of my life, too!).

    October 24, 2013
    • Thanks, Jennifer! It’s funny how long it took me to just sit down and do them. Hopefully it won’t take me as long to get them styled! Ahhh…life…

      Haha!

      T

      October 28, 2013
  2. Perfecto! Best DIY ever (and thanks for the shoutout) ☺️

    Surrounded By Pretty

    October 27, 2013
    • You’re welcome. Just keep those good ideas coming! I’m loving all of your DIY goodies.

      T

      October 28, 2013

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