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Yard Sale Table Makeover

30 September 2013


I'm so pumped to share this with you because I'm so stoked excited elated how this project came out.

I'm also probably definitely too, run-around-the-house-waving-my-A+-in-everybody's-face-super-glue-to-the-fridge proud.

Now let me rate this project first.

I'd have to say on a scale of 1-10, 10 being I have my own show on HGTV, my home improvement skills are somewhere around a 7 or so. I'm fairly handy...just saying.

I couldn't do plumbing or electrical to save my life, but I did go to school for interior design, I watch HGTV like nobody's business, and I've done a number of projects with family and friends (primarily my Dad).

I'd have to rate this project a 2 in regards to difficulty.

And it's also a two day project. Not that it takes two days to complete but there's some dry time.

So I know I'm killing you with the we go..drum roll please!

How ya like them apples?!

I'm so in love with the end result.

So how did I get to the end result you ask?

Excellent question.

I sanded the ever-living shit out of it. Using medium grit sandpaper and a weeks worth of motivation. It took a lot longer than I anticipated simply due to all the small details in the piece.

I dusted off the table with a dry paper towel to remove all the debris and then followed up with a lightly dampened paper towel.

Now from here I would normally use a primer. Primer is good for more than one reason, it helps the coats on top of it adhere to whatever you're painting and helps eliminate the need for more coats.

I however did not have primer on hand so I did two coats waiting a day in between. And had I had a small roller on hand I likely would have rolled all the flat surfaces to avoid seeing brush strokes. But to be honest they really aren't the noticeable. I'm also thinking about replacing the hardware, but for now I will sit back and love it.

For 5 bucks and a couple hours of my time...I'm so so happy with the outcome!

Now tell me, whaddaya think?!

Yard Saling At Its Finest

29 September 2013

Can we talk for a second about how ridiculously awesome yard sales are?

So for boyfriend and I money's a bit tight, and there are just certain things I can't justify paying for when I'm pinching pennies.

So Bug has been VERY active the last couple weeks, to the point where we were having a few accidents and I was losing my damn mind. The one thing I needed that would really help was a play center or exersaucer or something so that I'd be able to throw her in there for a little and get stuff done without needing to worry what she was bumping into or falling off of or into or whatever.

I wasn't able to accomplish anything unless she was down for a nap and her 4.8 million toys weren't cutting it. But I sincerely couldn't justify (or afford) throwing down 80 bucks for an exersaucer. So we went to second hand stores. The selection was more than limited and they were still asking 40-60 bucks. Hell to the no.

Well on our way to apple picking the other day Daddy's eagle eyes spotted one at a yard sale. We practically tokyo drifted to a stop and I was out of the car and like galloping over to it.

So I'm getting closer and closer to it and soon realized it was actually the one I WANTED, the crazy ridiculous one that retails OVER a 100 bucks.

I'm walking over to it expecting there to be a 20-30 dollar price on it, and with my bartering skills at the ready I step up to it.

There's a littttle tiny sticker on it, and how much was she asking?

10 bucks.


The thing looked practically brand new, and was in far better condition than any of the ones at the second hand stores, on top of the fact that it's not even outdated, they still sell this one in store.

I wasn't even going to bargain, 10 bucks is just too good a price, anything lower and I'd be low balling her.

So now I'm wondering if it's too good to be true, maybe the lights and sounds don't work or something.

The woman, sweet as can be, came over telling me how much her daughters loved it and that EVERYTHING STILL WORKS.

HA "I'll take it!" I practically shouted.

So she's collapsing it and dusting it off for me and SWEAR TO PETE she looks at me and says "Ya know what, it's kinda dirty, you have have it for 7."

SAY WHAT NOW?! You just bartered yourself down?!

It's not even dirty really. And I would have washed it regardless once I brought it home. HOLY CRAP.

So this is it:

We ALSO got a stand up tent for all our camping trips next summer, and since daddy and I love camping so much my mom bought it for us. It's a bit smaller then I would ideally like, it's probably a 10x10 single room, but for now, it will work great for us and is really all we need. It was in great condition and the sweet guy also threw in a giant ass bag of books for Bug. Holla.

We got Rush Hour 3, The Departed, and American Gangster (all for Daddy) for a total of 4 bucks.

And finally my mom came across a table for us, she had good bones and beautiful lines but needed a little TLC. She got this table for 5 bucks.

Now, I took it upon myself this Friday and Saturday to overhaul it. But that little DIY project you'll need to wait until tomorrow to see. :) Gotta keep you coming back for more right?

I cannot WAIT to show you, it honestly turned out better than I expected and I really love it, partially because it was a labor of love but also because it looks so different and fantastic. Look back tomorrow to see how it turned out!