A DIY SUCCESS Story!

Spoiler: I went for it, and it paid off.

So I bought this $20 table from Ikea

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And it sat in my entry

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And while it added to the entry it still didn’t feel complete. I thought it needed some styling (which it does) but it hit me when I posted about my favorite furniture, one of the tables I originally wanted in the entry but couldn’t find somewhat resembled the $20 Ikea table:

both tables

Is the $200 more fab? Of course, but when it was available on Joss and Main and then on One Kings Lane, I just wasn’t ready to buy it.

Then I realized what it was missing (other than the branch detail), GOLD!!!!! GOLD SPRAY PAINT!!!!!! So after dilly dallying for 3 days I finally went for it. I’m going to be honest. I am THE WORST DIYer. I rush, I take short cuts, and I never set up properly. I assumed I was going to miss spots, the paint was going to bubble, a bug was going to fly in it and get stuck, or my fingerprints would be all over it. I just kept telling myself “it’s only $20, it’s only $20, it’s only $20” and not like I don’t value $20, it’s just that I knew if I stressed myself out too much I’d destroy it FOR SURE.

So I started, I couldn’t get the legs off to save my life, and I know I didn’t put THAT much strength into putting it together, then I realized I didn’t unscrew the legs making it impossible for them to move. It wasn’t looking good. I strolled outside and I think between the beautiful weather and the terrible music my odd neighbor was lifting weights to in his driveway (yes), my luck was starting to change for the better.

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I chose the spray paint off of many pinterest recommendations, and boyyy were they right. I’ve tried others before and I think that was why I was so gun shy. This went on smooth, the nozzle was easy to work with, and it dried almost immediately.

Unlike the OLD Stephanie, this time I waited, for a very long time. I double and then triple checked to make sure I wasn’t missing any spots. When I was done painting that I didn’t want to be done, I considered the following:

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I knew it would all be over the top and that by the time hub got home it would look like a RHONJ broke in. So I refrained, pulled out YET ANOTHER picture frame from our wedding and spray painted that, stuck with what I knew. I have another fun idea I want to do to style the table, but I used what we already had around the house to get a feel:

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FABOOSH RIGHT!?!?! I am wayyyyy more pleased than I thought I was going to be. Look at it! I mean you can do ANY color. Think of a pale pink, or a mint, or NAVYYYY!!! This table is a blank canvas begging to be painted on.

Now a little side by side:

before after

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Love, love, love. Gimme something else to spray paint.

xoxo Stephanie

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16 thoughts on “A DIY SUCCESS Story!

  1. Love it Steph! Hoping the spray paint fumes lofted over to your weightlifting neighbor! Not to apply pressure, but I look forward to tips from you regarding floral arranging/vase selection/floral placement in home, etc. You are a natural in that area as well and would love your tips. I bring this up because I would’ve never had the guts to cut the cala lilies the way you did and they, too, look spectacular!

    Laureen

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    • Thank you! I was so scared and repeated over and over to myself, only $20 only $20 only $20 only $20. After I realized how easy it was I imagined all of the crazy/fun stuff I COULD’VE done.

  6. That looks so luxe! I am a mid-century mod fan, so I was thinking one of these painted a bright yellow or mint green would be really cool. What kind of spray paint did you use?

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