July 21st, 2015

DIY: Giving Garage Sale Finds New Life


One of my guilty pleasures is visiting flea markets, garage sales and vintage furniture stores on the weekends. I’m always on the lookout for unique finds and treasures that—even if I don’t know what to do with them at that moment—my gut tells me to buy. There’s just one problem: they tend to start piling up in my garage before I find any use for them. It’s borderline hoarding (just kidding). The great thing is that my finds always end up coming in handy for future DIY projects.


Garage sale finds for the project


I was recently searching for a fun table for my outdoor area, but I couldn’t find one that fit the organic look I was going for. So I decided to make my own. I rummaged through my collection of treasures and found this mid-century wooden stand I had purchased a while back at a second hand store. It was the perfect base for my soon-to-be end table. The only thing missing to complete my DIY project was a top. Luckily, I came across a slice of an oak tree recently chopped in my backyard. And voila, it was a match made in heaven.


Trim & Door Extra High Gloss


To make the table more sleek and to add contrast with the top, I went with a rich black color for the stand for a modern rustic look. Using Glidden Trim, Door & Furniture paint in Deepest Black gave my table a glossy, streak-free finish that looks great and will protect it from the elements. I then sanded the top piece slightly to make it smoother, and added a coat of wood sealer to make it weatherproof.


A fun modern rustic table


Who would’ve thought these two amazing finds would combine to make such a unique side table? I’m loving how the mid-century style of the base complements the organic shape of the top. This DIY table is the perfect accent to finish the look of my outdoor entertaining area. Don’t you think? Happy DIYing!


Detail of the table


have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.