A Consignment-Shop Table Makeover!

Are you having a good 2013? We’re already three days into the new year – have you been able to keep your resolutions if you made any? I have kept mine! It’s been a challenge, but I’ve been able to keep my resolutions to eat lots of chocolate and watch lots of TV. Sometimes I do both things at the same time! I’m hard-core and fully committed like that.

I have a non-edible post for you today. Last week I went to a nice little resale shop where I found a cute little table for only seven bucks! Seven bucks! Even though the table top wasn’t really my style, it was in excellent condition and I knew she was coming home with me.

Plant Table Before
Not a fan of the top. Big fan of the price.

My first instinct was to paint the top a solid red or yellow or turquoise. Something bright. But then I thought this would be a great opportunity to for me to try Mod Podge for the first time! Using a small roller, I applied an even layer of gloss Mod Podge to the (clean and dry) table top, placed a cut-to-size piece of paper with a black and white diamond checkerboard pattern, smoothed it out nicely, let it dry, rolled on some more Mod Podge on top of the paper, let it dry, another layer of Mod Podge, and that was it. It dried and hardened overnight, and now I have a pretty little plant table that I love!

Plant Table After

She’s not perfect, and she has a few small bubbles that hide under the plant, but it was only my first Mod Podge project so I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I didn’t feel like changing the color of the legs, but I can already tell that I will paint them at some point. Red? Sunny yellow? Aqua? Let’s take a closer look at the paper…

Plant Table After
Hello, Piggy! The roller gave the Mod Podge a nice textured look.

What do you think? Was it a makeover or a makeunder? Do you like the pattern? Did you like the grapes better? Do you shop at resale/consignment/thrift shops? Have you found any awesome thrifty deals lately? Why am I asking you so many questions?


  1. says

    Consignment shops are a good way to find clothes that fit kids, no matter what their age is. Sometimes people end up under more stress than they would like because kids outgrow clothes so quickly.

    Even if you buy something a little bigger, your child will still eventually grow into it and move on. By shopping at a consignment shop you save money and can spend on other things that your family requires.

  2. says

    This is so cute!! You are very clever. I also love the piggy.

    You are very stoic to be so committed to your resolutions. That sounds hard.

    • says

      I love my piggies! I have several piggies scattered around the house. They all have at least a couple of coins in there :)

      Keeping my resolutions hasn’t been a piece of (chocolate) cake, but I’ll keep working hard to keep them :D

    • says

      Thanks Ricki, I’m glad you like it! I had been wanting to try Mod Podge for a while, and a 40% off coupon for Michael’s (craft store) was the little push that I needed to buy it. What else could I Mod Podge now? I have a feeling I’m going to be a Mod Podge menace until everything in the house is covered with pretty paper or fabric! :D

    • says

      I think it reminded me of a 50s diner too and that’s why I bought it in the first place. Shouldn’t I paint the legs red then? Red with checkered black and white seems very diner-ish, doesn’t it?

  3. says

    I like the makeover better than the original — much better! And I actually like the legs as they are, but don’t let that stop you. I love resale shops and my latest finds were a square casserole with ribbed sides, and a brie baker. I didn’t know it was a brie baker until I googled it. I wanted it for a wheel of artisan vegan cheese. I also found a very small metal strainer of some sort — no idea what it’s for but it looked so cool I had to have it. I’ll probably hang it on the wall.

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