DIY Before & After

Rustoleum table transformation | DIY Product Review

“Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can’t be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.” ~Lee Iacocca

When I am motivated- watch. out. world! Do you set goals for yourself? Not just BIG goals, but small daily goals? I believe it is so important to set goals every day-even small ones. Today the birds woke me up bright and early. There is always one bird that just has to be louder than the others! (thankfully that bird doesn’t tweet until 6:20AM). ;)

I had my To-Do list made and sitting on my counter by 7 am. I also had everything crossed OFF my to-do list by noon. I am thankful for how my parents raised me-chores/to-do list get completed first-then you have the rest of the day to do whatever you may! Not every day comes giving me the gift of motivation. Trust me, I have mornings where I love lounging around too-I enjoy pj days and days full of nothing but whatever comes my way. However, when I do get a day that blesses me with motivation, I will take that motivation and run with the wind!

The first thing I needed to cross off my to-do list today was to paint this table;

I purchased this table yesterday at The Shed in Altoona, Wi for just $25.00. When searching for unique items for my home, I always always set a price limit in my head (designing a beautiful home does not have to cost a lot of money if you shop smart & can do a little magic at home with the paintbrush!). For this particular table hunt, I had a price limit set in my head that it must be under $30.00, or I simply won’t get it. I never have a certain color picked out when on antique furniture hunts, not only does it limit my possibilities, but I know I can always change the color when I get back home, with a little paint. It is always best to keep an open mind when antique/treasure hunting!

I picked up a jar of Rust-Oleum Metallic Accents paint, in ‘Rich Brown Metallic’ for around $20.00 at Menards. I had never used this paint before, and originally wanted a flat black paint…but thought I’d be a bit adventurous and try something new. Let me tell you- I AM IN LOVE with this paint! Seriously, in love. I may be going on a mad painting streak with everything around my house in this color for a while. ;)

This paint has such a beautiful metallic shimmer to it and adding a darker color into my home amongst all the white, and light colored walls, it adds the perfect tones and touch to my space.

Starting at the top of the table, I painted with a new high quality paintbrush, using long brush strokes-complete from one side of the table to the other, working my way around to all 4 sides, repeating the long, full brush strokes as I went.

A small goal I set for myself this morning, was to have the table painted and fully dry before the rain moved in……

The rain clouds seemed to be circling Rock Falls this morning, but not one drop hit while I was painting!

My 3 year old daughter is almost as much of a go-getter as I am. As soon as she saw I was painting, she threw on her boots, came and took the paint brush right out of my hand! :)

Painting the entire table, giving the top/sides 3 coats, and the legs 2 coats, AND allowing time for drying between..took a total of 1.5 hours, not bad if you ask me! It also used very little paint, you can see below how much was used- I still have almost a full jar of paint left to use on many more projects! (Yay! I will definitely be getting my moneys worth-and then some!)

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I get complete satisfaction when I have something in my home, that I used my own two hands to build, create, or transform with paint….

Here she is,..all finished, black and beautiful:

A table like this can be used in many ways, I will be using it (for now) as a computer table, but it would work as a wonderful accent table, small kitchen nook table with 2-4 chairs around it, or in an entry way/porch between two rocking chairs, with a small lamp …

..& don’t forget the latest issues of Mountain Living, This Old House, & Country Sampler!

Remember to set mini goals, daily ,during all of your projects & your every day life!
Thanks for reading,

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