Goodwill Hunting

Remember last month, I bought a chair and a coffee table from Goodwill? Well, the table has basically been finished for about 3 weeks now, but I am just now blogging about it. Probably because I just decorated the table like yesterday. Literally.

Let’s look at the before:



Alrighty, and now we begin! We saw this table, and we loved it. It  was the perfect size/shape for what we wanted. We decided to paint this table a very glossy white.

First step is to sand. We used sandpaper and did it by hand. This was just easier for us than whipping out the electric sander we have, especially since we live in an apartment. The left handside is not sanded, right hand side is. Sand in the direction of the wood grain. We did this to the ENTIRE table to get any varnish off.


Don’t know what the hubster is doing here, but if you’d like, you can always flip over your table to stare at it. This is an optional step.


Next, we used a tack cloth ($1.20 at Wal-Mart) to remove all the sanding dust. This is critical so you get a smooth finish when you start priming/painting.


Here’s the hubster with the hose attachment on the vacuum. Don’t laugh! I know you’re laughing. The top of the table has an indented border thing, and the dust was not coming out with the tack cloth. So, we got smart.


Next step is to hug your dog at an awkward angle.


Refill your drinks.


And then PRIME! When I prime, I always freak out because it doesn’t look perfect. Yes, I freak out. I think OH MY GOSH what the HECK have I done? And I proceed to get more wine to get through this difficult 15 minutes. Lindsay can relate. So, to repeat, your primer WILL NOT look good. It will look about as good as Lady Gaga did at the VMAs last night.


We let that dry, and then we moved onto painting it with a white semi-gloss paint + 1 entire can of spray lacquer to finish it up.


And then 3 weeks later I got around to actually making the table look nice with some decor. Don’t judge me.



Don’t you just LURVE my pumpkins?! That blue one is to die for. I got that gorgeous, stunning, pearly blue pumpkin at Hobby Lobby for $10 (it was half off). The orange one is glass and it’s from Ross for $5, and the gray pumpkin is also from Hobby Lobby and it cost $5 (again, half off). I don’t pay retail for much. And here’s one more look at my prized coffee table:


Now I feel REALLY motivated to make our coffee table wedding album. How awesome would that look?! Eek!

Cost breakdown:

Table $19.99 + Tack Cloth $1.20 + Spray Lacquer $6.97 + Paint $6.97= $35.13ish, we’ll just say $40.

We had the wine, beer, primer, sandpaper, and brushes on hand. 🙂

What do you think?



  1. Naomi
    September 14, 2009 / 3:34 pm

    I LOVE IT!! I think your wedding album would definitely look pimp on that table. Monica is coming back yay!!

  2. Courtnee
    September 14, 2009 / 4:05 pm

    I love the table and those pumpkins are fab!

  3. Gwen
    September 14, 2009 / 4:14 pm

    It looks beautiful!I always use the vac before I use the tac cloth, it makes them last a bit longer.Thanks for making me giggle:)

  4. Embellished Bayou
    September 14, 2009 / 4:37 pm

    Great job, much improved! I love the glossy white, it will be fun to accessorize throughout the seasons.

  5. Hunter and Hailey's mom
    September 14, 2009 / 4:38 pm

    I hope Hobby Lobby has there fall stuff on sale again this week! I am going Saturday!

  6. Jessica
    September 14, 2009 / 5:14 pm

    It turned out so great! Congrats!

  7. A Bushel and Peck and Pigtails Paper Trails
    September 14, 2009 / 8:17 pm

    Looks Great! An absolutely great makeover.

  8. Amy
    September 14, 2009 / 8:20 pm

    Love it!! Great job! Spray lacquer is just what I need for a project I'm halfway through. Thanks for the idea!

  9. September 14, 2009 / 11:07 pm

    I love your white table. It looks GREAT! oh and my kids love your comment about Lady Gaga. They want me to tell you that you're awesome!!

  10. Living With Lindsay
    September 15, 2009 / 12:39 am

    Love it! I picked up that blue pumpkin at HL, but didn't buy it 'cause it wasn't on sale that day. I loved it!

  11. JennXOXO
    September 15, 2009 / 3:16 am

    Wow it looks great! I love your pumpkins!

  12. Anonymous
    September 16, 2009 / 1:01 am

    I'm not able to comment on blogs at work (but I can read them, go figure) and I always forget to go back and re-read at night. Sooooo….yay for me finally remembering!Mmmkay, so what was I talking about. Table. Yes. Looks great! I wish I had the patience you had. You've got such a knack for turning drab to fab, nicely done.

  13. Angry Julie Monday
    October 3, 2009 / 4:15 pm

    That table looks awesome! You did a great job!

  14. Carmen
    October 26, 2009 / 3:46 am

    Wow! The table looks fabulous! I saw that blue pumpkin at Hobby Lobby the other day and I want it SO bad! I'm going to have to go back. I just am. I found your blog by googling "blue pumpkin found at Hobby Lobby" so I could post a picture of it on my blog. hehe

  15. Ms.Diana Cupcake
    November 8, 2010 / 1:03 am

    Love the table, I am off looking for something similar 🙂 Good redo!