I’ve been on a real DIY kick lately, Specifically, flipping furniture. I really enjoy taking old, boring, pieces and transforming them into something awesome – and that’s exactly what this project is (if I do say so myself). I took a basic bookcase (that I got for FREE) and turned it into a blinged out masterpiece – for only $22!
Before I get to the money shots, I want to do a quick breakdown of what I spent and how I did it:
- Boring bookcase – FREE
- Paint – $4 (check the clearance paint at Lowes)
- Gold studs – $5
- Legs – $13
- Gold Spray Paint (already had some on hand)
- Paint brushes (already had)
- Sandpaper (already had)
- Electric sander (already had)
To create this look, I first added legs to the bottom side of the bookcase. I wanted to create height while also changing the look a bit. Note: I ended up taking them off after the above photo, and spray painting them gold. Once they were dry I put them back on.
Once those were on, my daughter sanded the entire thing (including the shelves). This rakes only a few minutes when you use an electric sander so I highly recommend getting one if you don’t already own one.
Next, I did a quick wipe down to remove the dust. Then, it was time to paint.
I decided not to paint the typical way. Instead, I only did one coat. I dipped my brush once and then used the brush to spread the paint back and forth along the grain. I wanted the coat nice and then.
After that dried, I applied the gold studs using a hot glue gun – and then I was done!
That’s all I spent and all I did! Can you believe it went from this (pictured above) to THIS……..
Is it possible to be in love with furniture? If so, I am completely love-struck! I’m so glad that I stuck to my guns and decided to go bold with this former dresser. I’ve wanted to do something daring for a while now but I kept chickening out. Lesson learned! Don’t fear color! I managed to turn a yardsale dresser into a stunning buffet!
If you remember, I posted a sneak peek of of this upcycling project (click here for that post). Now, it’s time to see the reveal. Note: Be sure to scroll down for info on how I created this look. It’s extremely simple and very affordable!
……and here we go…..
What a HUGE difference! It looks like a completely different piece of furniture! I simply adore it. I can’t stop staring at it. I’m slowly turning this house into a home – frugal style! Here’s how I did it:
- Outdated dresser
- 2 quarts paint (I used Fuschia Flock in flat enamel – made by Olympic One)
- Paint brushes
- Metallic gold spray paint
- Electric sander
- Sandpaper (80 grit and 220 grit)
1. Remove all hardware.
2. Using your electric sander and 80 grit sandpaper, sand the entire piece. You want to get down past the current stain.
3. Wipe the entire piece down, using a damp (not wet) cloth.
4. Paint several thin coats, allowing each coat to dry completely before starting the next.
5. Apply a thin coat of polyurethane.
6. One dry (usually half a day), lightly sand with the 220 grit.
7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 until you have 3 coats of polyurethane.
8. Apply one final layer of polyurethane without sanding the last layer.
9. Allow to dry for several days
10. Lay your hardware on newspaper and apply several thin coats of spray paint. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next one.
Note: Polyurethane will dry and harden on your paintbrush. I recommend getting a bag of a dozen inexpensive paint brushes. It’s less hassle to toss them out after using them, than to worry about using mineral spirits to clean them.
That’s really all there is to it! It’s not difficult but it does take time and patience. In the end, you’ll end up with a stunning piece of furniture that cost you very little out of pocket!
I am so excited about a project i’m currently working on. It’s coming along beautifully. While i’m not yet finished, I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek. Before I do, let me back up just a moment to give a little back story.
In November of 2013, I purchased my first home. I moved from Virginia to Georgia. Being that it was such a long distance move, I decided to sell (or donate) a lot of our belongings. This not only allowed us to make the move without dragging everything with us, but also put some money back in our pockets. See, the cost of moving everything would have been much higher than the items were even worth. That would have been silly. So, some were sold and others were given away.
As the months went by, we started to purchase things we needed. A couch, beds, etc. One thing at a time. Little by little, this house is becoming a home. That is, everything but the front room in my house (it’s supposed to be a dining room but that’s unnecessary with our lifestyle).
I knew I wanted that room to be a place where people congregate, but not a dining room. I decided to make it a sitting room of sorts. It’ll be a place where I can snuggle my kids while reading them their favorites stories. A place where I can sip my coffee and catch up with friends. A place that’s warm and inviting, yet bold and adventurous.
With that in mind, I began joining some local yardsale groups on Facebook. I’ve scored some wonderful deals on there (more about that in another post at a later date). One of those items was this dresser (pictured above) – which i’m currently “flipping” into something modern and fun. This former dresser will soon become a buffet/sideboard for my front room.
And with that……a sneak peek…..
Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait too long to see the finished product. The clear coat is currently drying. Once dry, i’ll bring it in the house and take pics for you guys.
I’d love to see some of the projects you guys have done. I’d love it if you’d share pics!
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I am so incredibly excited about this post! I’m literally smiling ear to ear as I write this. I have wanted a farmhouse table for many years, but there was no way I was going to pay $1800+ for one. Instead, I decided to take on the challenge of building one. Man am I glad I did. It was fairly simple and it turned out great! Trust me when I say this… if “I” can do it – you can too! Oh.. as an added bonus, the supplies only cost me about $130 (I already had a few necessary items on the list, which I noted below). That’s a FAR cry from $1800+, if I do say so myself!
I made my table 84″ L x 32″ H x 42″ W….but you can make it any size you want. That’s what’s so great about this. You have full control over all of it! Size, color, shine, etc. It’s all up to you!
Quick Update! I’ve been asked where to purchase the items in my photos. Here’s that info:
Anywho.. let’s get to it!
DIY Farmhouse Table Tutorial
(8) 2×6 pine boards
(3) 1×4 pine boards
(3) 1×2 wood boards (any kind is fine)
(4) 2×4 pine boards
(1) box of 2″ screws
(1) box of 1.25″ screws
Cordless Drill (I already had this)
Electric sander and sanding disks (already had this too)
Speed square (had this as well)
Minwax wood stain (I used dark walnut)
Minwax wood conditioner
Minwax fast drying polyuerathane (I used semi-gloss)
Circular Saw (had this too)
1. Lowe’s or Home Depot may say that the wood is a certain size (say 2×4 for instance)…. uh.. yeah.. it’s not! Your measuring tape is your friend.
2. When applying the wood stain and polyurethane, thin coats are WAY better.You may think that doing a thick coat will reduce the workload, but you’d be wrong. It will greatly increase the drying time – a LOT. So don’t do it. Save yourself the headache.
3. As they say, “measure twice, cut once”. I can’t stress how true that is. Don’t be afraid to measure the same thing over and over again. It’s better to take your time, as opposed to making the wrong cuts and wasting wood.
4. Get the family involved. There’s a real sense a pride that come along with completing a project. Plus, it’s extra time to bond. That’s always a good thing.
5. When sanding, go in the direction of the grain. (thanks for the reminder Fern)
1. After deciding on the dimensions of your table (and purchasing your supplies), it’s time to build the frame (using the 1×4’s). You’ll use the 1.25″ screws for this. You’re making a simple rectangle. Keep in mind that it needs to be smaller than the final dimensions of your table, as there will be an overhang. I opted for a 2″ overhang on the sides.
2. Attach the support beams (these are the 1×2’s), using 1.25″ screws. This is what your table planks will rest on.
3. Attach your table planks (the 2×6’s) to the table, by screwing UP through the support beams (using your 2″ screws) – or you can do what we did, and lay it out of the floor. Then you’re technically screwing down into the table. You’ll use all but 1 of your 2×6’s.
4. Flip the table top over and add the end caps (that’s the left over 2×6). You can screw down from the top, and into the frame.
5. Next, grab your 2×4’s and cut them down to size (we made ours 31″). You’ll use 2 of the 31″ pieces to make 1 leg. You can either place them back to back (creating somewhat of a square), or, you can do what I did and that is to make a “L” out of them.
6. Flip the table upside down again, and attach the legs.
7. Take a deep breath and admire the awesomeness that is your table. Now that it’s all built, the fun begins!
8. Use your circular sander and sand the wood. Use a dry cloth to remove the sawdust before moving on to step 9.
9. Apply wood conditioner all over the table, according to the directions.
9. Apply a thin coat of wood stain, using an old rag (we cut up an old shirt). Allow it to dry according to the directions. I only did 1 coat of stain, but you can do 2 or even 3, if you so choose. The more coats you apply, the darker it gets.
10. Now you’re in the home stretch! It’s time to apply the polyurethane. You REALLY need to do at LEAST 2 coats (I did 3). In between coats, you’ll do a quick sanding of all areas (once each coat is dry).
11. That’s it! It’s all done. You’re ready to show off your masterpiece.
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