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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




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!


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…



      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.


      October 28, 2013

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