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Painting an Old Table to Look Like New

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I have a dining room table that I received for free. It was very scuffed and stained so I always used it with a table cloth.  Recently I painted it a cream color.

This is what it looked like before.

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I used Zinsser primer (~$10/quart) because the back of the can said it was suitable for glossy surfaces.

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I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch (~$9/quart) as the surface paint because there was a picture of furniture on the front of the can, and figured it was okay for furniture. I put in a few squirts of mustard-colored craft paint to make the paint more cream-colored. Yes, you can mix latex and acrylic paint!

I used only about half of each can so there’s enough for another project.

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Originally I was going to use a stencil to make damask patterns on the table but then decided it was rather busy-looking. Instead I painted some little gingko leaves using green paint I already had on hand.

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I also spent about $10 on a pack of painting tools from Home Depot and $4 for a sanding sponge that I barely used.

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It was a few hours of work but much cheaper than buying a new table!

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Fall Decorating

It’s October so I can officially decorate for fall. I removed the plants from my kitchen window and replaced them with a pumpkin coach display.

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The metal pumpkin was purchased from Collections Etc. and the fake grapes and grape leaves are from the local dollar store. Everything else is real. Inside the coach are 7 gourds from Target and several items from my yard (1 bumpy squash, 2 pomegranates, some berries and flowers from an unknown bush).

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I like that the wheels have a mottled black and orange color.

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Button Tree Pillow

During my recent jury duty I worked on this button tree pillow while in the waiting room.

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I sewed the buttons onto the linen at the courthouse, and then added the trunk and pillow back at home. (I found the printed cotton from a rummage sale years ago).

I slipped the cover over a pillow I already had and hand-stitched the bottom closed.

I got the idea from BHG.com.

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I think the BHG one is really nice because the tree is fuller, but that was way more buttons than I wanted to sew on by hand. Plus, I only had a certain number of green buttons.

I wanted mine to look like an apple tree so I mixed in some red buttons. Here’s a close-up!

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And a side view.

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I already had all the materials on hand so hooray for using up more stuff from my craft supplies stash!