Repurposing in the Key of FREE

14 Sep

I love Fridays! Not only is it the last day of the working week, it’s also trash day! Yes, I get excited about trash. I’ve never been lucky enough to find an awesome piece of furniture to refurbish on trash day – until today. That’s right friends, I hit the furniture trash jackpot today!

Allow me to introduce you to…Mabel. She’s a side table….and she’s purrrrrty.

Some neighbors of ours decided Mabel needed a new home, and of course I was happy to provide her one. I’ve got lots of plans for the old girl…a coat of paint perhaps? Or maybe a nice dark stain? Maybe a bit of both?

I’ve already tackled redoing the glass top. There are tons of pictures on pinterest on using Mod Podge to ‘stain’ glass, so that’s what I decided to do. It’s super easy too, which is a common theme in most everything I do.

All you need is Mod Podge, food coloring and a paintbrush. Add food coloring to the mod podge until you get the color you want, then paint it on the glass. I painted the back of my glass because I didn’t want to worry about the finish getting scratched off with use. Make sure you lay down something underneath the glass, you don’t want colored carpet.

After brushing on the color, take a paper towel and blot it. Don’t worry about making it perfect. To get the clear finish, pop it in the oven on 175°. Yep, the oven. Just keep an eye on it til it looks right. This piece of glass only took about 10 minutes or so.

I think the mottled look from blotting with paper towels give the glass an antique-y look, what do you think?

Stay tuned for the rest of Mabel’s makeover!


One Response to “Repurposing in the Key of FREE”


  1. Extreme Makeover – Table Edition | - September 26, 2012

    […] Sneak preview of Mabel’s extreme makeover!! Remember what she looked like before? If not, you can see that here. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: