Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HomeRight. All opinions are my own.
You all know I love a good challenge, and I’m very excited to be participating in this month’s Thrift Store Challenge sponsored by HomeRight. The objective is to show you how easy it is to transform a piece of furniture, so if you see an old diamond in the rough at a thrift store, keep an open mind and know that it can easily be transformed into something great. Paint can work wonders! Seriously. Armed with my HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer and the awesome new Homeright Spray Shelter, I set out to turn an old, worn out dining table into a fresh new kid’s art table for my boys to enjoy.
Here it is “Before”:
This ancient dining table has been sitting around our house forever. In fact, my boys started using it as an art table in the playroom not too long ago, but it was too high to use with their cute little kid chairs. The finish was damaged and there were all kinds of splotchy paint and stain splatters on it from years of wear.
First, I measured how much shorter their kids chairs are than the original chairs that came with the table. The height difference was 3-3/4″, so I unscrewed and removed the table legs and used my miter saw to cut that much length off the bottom of each leg. (A hand saw would work fine too.) Then, I reattached them and had a table that was the proper height.
Next, I set up my Homeright Spray Shelter in the driveway, but since it’s been raining nonstop here in Atlanta, I moved it into the garage to paint.
The Spray Shelter can be put together by one person, but an extra set of hands makes setup a breeze. My husband helped me set it up and we had it up in just a couple of minutes. It protects your surroundings from overspray — simply throw a tarp or large drop cloth on the ground inside the spray shelter and you’re good to go.
I love the HomeRight Finish Max for a quick paint project. I sanded and primed the table, and used BEHR Marquee in White. After the table was dry, I taped off the bottom 10 inches of the legs, covered most of the legs above where I was spray painting in plastic and spray painted them in Rust-Oleum metallic gold.
I plan on waxing the top of the table with Minwax Finishing Paste to protect the surface since it is sure to take a beating, and I’ll probably add felt pads to the bottom of the legs so the table doesn’t scratch the wood floor.
Now my boys have a cute kid’s art table to use for creative projects and drawing their many pictures!
I love how paint can completely transform a piece of furniture. (By the way, check out how we organized our playroom, plus here is info on the chalkboard wall and the cute kid’s chairs.) The boys love hanging out here and creating art.
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Carmen Skyles says
How slick is that spray shelter. It looks like a breeze to use and I would love to win one! Great transformation on your little art table!
Love the table! The color on the legs is a nice touch.
Don’t have the budget for a new dining table, so i’d love to update our current one. Thanks!
[email protected] Stroll Thru Life says
This has been on my want list for a very long time. I would love to win the sprayer. I love your table makeover, so fabulous and creative.
Erin Ellis says
This is just what I need to makeover a table that my grandfather made in the 40’s!
Kelli Fox says
I have a HomeRight sprayer – now I just need to get the shelter! Thanks for the give away!
Kelli Fox says
AND! – GREAT job on that table! I love love love the gold legs 🙂
Oh how awesome!!! I want to repaint every door in the house on top of multiple furniture projects I have swirling around in my head. This would surely help.
carol clark says
there is an old dresser i would love to redo and some old windows i would like to paint also
I wish I had a spray shelter last weekend! I was spray painting and it rained all day. I too live in the Atlanta area. It’s nice to see sun today 🙂
Jessica nickerson says
My husband would loooove for me to have that spray shelter! That way everything wouldn’t be covered in a fine mist of my latest color choice : )
Meghan B says
I would do a bookcase for my daughter!
Lizee Mcmillian says
I would start with doors!! EVERYTHING needs a fresh coat of paint, and I’m married to a carpenter, who refuses to work in his own house!
Anne Pik says
My living room will be the very 1st (much needed) project.
Aubrey C. says
This looks amazing! I love the gold legs 🙂
I have a large toy box that I want to re-do to store blankets, This would be such a big help.
Love your table, especially the gold legs. You did a great job!
The sprayer would come in handy for many projects!
Michelle CROSSAN says
I would love to tackle a dresser.
Donna in SC says
Terrific giveaway! I could sure use both the paint booth and the sprayer…THANKS for the chance to win one!
This would be awesome to win! My hubby and I love DIY furniture restoration and renovating our old house. We’re wanting to restore an old drafting table for an eclectic dining room. I love the gold detail on your table! 🙂
I would love to paint my back deck.
Ansley Cox says
I am SO excited for the chance to win the HomeRight Spray Shelter & Finish Max Paint Sprayer!!! I wanted them as I read your blog post…your project looks great! There are so many projects that need to be completed, especially because we just moved to a new house and I have a lot of things to paint and want to avoid any messes. Thank you for offering this contest!
amy tolley says
i have an older table and chairs that could use a facelift this set looks amazing
Nicole H. says
A built in drawers unit under a window seat… This looks awesome!
Okay so I have to admit, I saw the picture before I read what it was and actually thought you were using a camping tent for a minute! Love that shelter, I need one in my life!
Em Mahr says
I’d love to refinish and paint 2 white chairs for my front porch.
Tiffany Sheridan says
I LOVE the gold legs! I am just about to do my own table makeover and now I’m seriously considering doing the same thing to mine! And I love how easy the tent can be put together! That would make painting projects much more enjoyable!
This is awesome!! My dad would love something like this when he works on his fix-it projects all year long!
Amanda @ Burlap and Babies says
Oh I so need those! I have a coffee table and desk that would be great projects to use the shelter and sprayer on.
Julie Waldron says
My daughter has a vanity table that needs re done.
Julie Waldron says
I gave you the wrong twitter name it’s @farmermomwife
Tara Cooper says
The art table turned out great!
Robyn L says
My mother in law just gave us an old dresser that I need to paint and this would be ideal for this project!!
Tina W says
I have a pair of 80s bookcases in a bleached oak finish that I have been dyiing to paint!
Diana Leyh says
I love that you didn’t go all kiddy, if that’s a word, lol, I love it and I have to get the sprayer! Awesome job!!
theresa j says
My husband brought home tables and chairs that need painting
theresa j says
I have about twenty chairs that need to be painted
Kathy D says
would loce to be able to paint some old dressers for my boys rooms
Minta Boggs says
I would love to try and fix my dining room chairs!
Gina Ferrell says
I have an old armoire I would love to redo.
Donna Kozar says
I have a table that needs to be painted.
Debra Lee says
This would make painting a dresser in my garage a breeze.
Serena Powell says
I have a dresser that is in dire need of a makeover.
Alexis T says
My husband is a “junker” always bringing home “projects”. Right now I have an old sewing machine table that is planning on being re-purposed into a bathroom vanity table. This would most certainly come in handy!
I would repurpose some furniture at my parents house and paint their shed.
Beth G. says
I would paint my kitchen cabinets!
I have some old wooden chairs as well as a dresser to paint.
I would like to remodel my daughter’s bedroom for her birthday. My husband built her a shelving unit that we could paint as a surprise.
Jennifer Finn says
to paint my old end table and chairs
Marnie G (Derrick Todd) says
If I won, I would love to tackle this hutch that I purchased at an auction.
Stephanie Phelps says
I would love to repaint our interior doors with it if I won!
Sharon Schoepe says
This is just what I need. My daughter’s furniture is in serious need of a girly redo
My first project: A changing table into a potting table project then with that experience under my belt: our kitchen table!
The makeover looks amazing!!! I really need this in my life as I have a shed full of unfinished projects!!! Fingers crossed!! x
Diana Hatch says
I have some doors that need to be painted
We have a table almost identical to the one you transformed that my 10-year-old uses as an art table – I’d love to pretty it up, maybe even use some chalkboard paint on the top for extra artsiness.
Tandi Cortez-Rios says
If I won, I would love to paint my kids a table. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
I have a garage full of projects just waiting for me lol. I think the first thing I would paint is a set of vintage wooden doll furniture for my daughter.
Katie Bellamy says
I have a couple dressers I need painted!!
Barbara Blanton says
An old dresser that belonged to my grandmother
jeremy mclaughlin says
This would be great for my dining room table.
June Ebinger says
I’VE BEEN WANTING TO REFINISH A CHILD’S ROCKING CHAIR FOR A LONG TIME
Danielle M. says
Oh! I’d be a painting fool with these! I have a picnic table that needs redone as well as a kitchen table…shelves for my daughter’s rooms waiting to be done… so many things!
Donna Cheatle says
I have a bunch of projects on my to do list! One of them is a set of decorative tables (for my daughter’s bedroom) that need painted!
Danielle Jones says
I would love to use this on some of my sons bedroom furniture. We are in the process of changing his room to a more grown up hunting themed room. He has a couple of dressers that were wanting to paint and his iron bed needs a new color as well.
If I win I would paint my dresser. I love it but it needs updated,
mechele johnson says
I would tackle my bathroom vanity. It is dark 1970’s wood color and I really want to brighten it up.
Trish Dowling says
i would love to tackle a bookshelf in the garage.
Melinda Stephens says
I have so many things to paint. I think I would start on some of the detailing on my porch, like the upright supports. This would work so much better than a paintbrush.
lissa crane says
The first project I would love to tackle would definitely be painting my old wooden dresser for my daughters “big girl” room! She has a pink theme and I would love to redo it for her to match her future new room!
Kimberly Bauer says
I would love to paint my daughter’s bunkbeds.
I would love to do a similar project using gold spray paint, but I would like to do a set of wine glasses and decanter with gold on the bottom third.
jenny stratton says
I would love to redo my kitchen furniture.
chickie brewer says
It would have to be a small tale I have in the bedroom.
Leah Shumack says
I have an ottoman that I want to redo for a Christmas gift!
Dawn S. says
We bought two end tables earlier this summer at a garage sale that are in serious need of a good coat of paint! I’d love to use this shelter for that project – and thanks for the reminder to get it done! 🙂
Liza Vladyka says
i need a new bed 🙂
Pam C. says
We have a small end table with a shelf that we are planning to paint blue. This would be terrific for that project.
I would love to repaint my dresser ..Love that table so cute…
Fiona N says
I would love to tackle the bathroom!
Thank You for the chance
Angela Saver says
The project I would tackle would be painting a few chairs I need painted!
Hi Erin. How has the tabletop held up over time with the Minwax paste wax top coat? I am making over a thrifted desk in blues and greens and plan to paint the top white. All my research has said not to use paste wax for pieces that will be heavily used. Water-based polycrylic is recommended but I’m concerned about possible yellowing/uneven application plus I don’t live in the US so not all recommended brands are available to me. I do have leftover Minwax PW from a previous project and wonder if I could use that instead. I really don’t want to have to waste money buying various top coats searching for one that will work for me. Return policies are different where I live – once you’ve open a consumable product, you can’t return it any more.
Erin Spain says
We don’t have the table anymore, but I would agree if it’s going to see a lot of wear and tear then Polycrylic is best. I’ve never had a problem with it yellowing over time since it’s water-based. That tends to happen more with polyurethane.