Old to New: My Recent Projects

Although I am not a big fan of the color yellow, this summer’s optimism has got me taking a second look. I acquired a couple of rough looking furniture pieces recently.


I promise that I’m trying to come up with a decent posting schedule. I had every intention of posting yesterday, but I was knee deep in spray paint and painter’s tape.

Although I am not a big fan of the color yellow, this summer’s optimism has got me taking a second look. I acquired a couple of rough looking furniture pieces recently. One cost me $5 and the other was one man’s trash on the side of the road, so I brought it home to fairy godmother it. I think you’ll agree that both pieces are now ready for the ball.

The first piece I worked on is this (what I’m assuming) plant stand, although it could definitely be a cocktail bar with a few additions. This is the thrift store piece.

Thrift store plant stand before and after

Do I have to mention that it was grimy? Oh, you can clearly see that. First things first, get all of the dust, dirt and cobwebs off of the thing. Anything left on the surface will leave its indentation. Rust-oleum Painter's Touch in Satin Lemon Grass before and after

This yellow is so pretty.

Going back and forth between making the entire thing yellow or adding a design element was making me crazy. I decided to start on the side of caution, the center of the piece.


Basically, I just kept expanding until I felt that I saw enough yellow.


Keep something like a piece of cardboard on the other side of things like lattices and bars to catch and prevent unnecessary amounts of spray paint getting into the air.

It’s also important to cover up yourself and the grass or soil when doing this as you will get wisps of it on you and anything else close by. My car learned this the hard way this one time. Or two times, whatever. Look, I’m the crazy paint lady.

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While the drying was happening, I grabbed this other piece that a neighbor put out for bulk trash.

Round white indoor/outdoor coffee table before and afterRound white indoor/outdoor coffee table before and after

I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw it. I pulled over on the side of the road, put on my emergency lights and went around to have a look at it. Although it was twice as filthy as it is now in this picture, the condition was more than decent. I stuck it in my back seat, said a silent thank you to the neighbors and drove off.

Look at the different that a coat of white paint makes to the base.

Round white indoor/outdoor coffee table before and after

While that was drying, I went back and taped up the plant stand. An idea was settled on.

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When back to the table with the yellow paint after a lengthy period of indecision. Then I had a What’s the worst that can happen moment and decided I’d give it a try.

Round white indoor/outdoor coffee table before and after

Not bad for a first coat. But now for the finale of the plant stand.

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My intention is to sell both of them on Offer Up, but I love them now, and I want to keep them. Whether I’m salvaging something to keep or to sell, I try to restore it with a look that I would love. It’s like my brand. The down side of this is that I’m always in love with things I intend to get rid of.

Taping up this plant stand was a thorn in my side. Something was always getting accidentally sprayed somewhere.

The little round coffee table is considered to me both indoor and outdoor. The rubber around the base marks it as outdoor furniture, but I don’t care much for marks.

Here it is spending time in nature.


Here it is living the hipster life.

round white and yellow indoor/outdoor coffee table before and after

At the very least, you can toss a table cloth over it. I wish I had at least tablecloth in my house that isn’t wrinkled, but here we go.

round white and yellow indoor/outdoor coffee table before and after

Worth every penny I didn’t spend.

26 comments on “Old to New: My Recent Projects”

  1. First of all, I need to express how jealous I am that you have a mango tree growing in your backyard. Now that I’ve got that out, I love the look of both pieces. I really like the yellow table. It looks good outside and with the color scheme of your sitting area. Lyz, I think that you may have inspired me to tackle my 6-month-old abandoned pair of projects still sitting out in my garage! https://www.sutherntwang.com/my-next-two-furniture-makeover-projects/ We’ll see though, lol! I’ve been a little ADD this Summer.

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    1. I battling my ADD all the time girl. I’ve got to see this 6 month battle end, lol. And don’t be fooled, I’ve got plenty of projects sitting around looking pathetic. I’m trying to change my habits this summer. It’s so hot though! Btw, that’s the mango tree in the front yard. There’s 2 more in the back πŸ˜…

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        1. You’ve got to dry the seed out for months on a sunny windowsill first. At least that’s what my dad always did. I already know about those Publix mango prices so you don’t even have to tell me. Eat slow, make it last.

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  2. Yellow is a very summery colour, and I think you made the right choice in keeping them! I love that you spend time repurposing thrift store (or street side) finds and giving them new life! It’s very admirable πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks Angie. I always stand staring at things forever trying to decide what to do, and I’m glad it came out well the first time! I love working on projects. I think you do to. You’re always working on a blogging project. It’s nice having an occupation. Now if only I can post them already haha

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  3. Great job painting on them! The paint looks pretty even. I tried painting on my walls once, they looked horrible and blotchy. I think the table living the hipster life is beautiful. lol. it works well with the wooden floor.

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    1. Smooth even coverage. Let it dry and then paint another layer over it. And use the paint and primer in one. This is for your walls. 😏 I’m also liking his hipster home. I normally have a large coffee table with a shelf at the bottom and 2 drawers but this looks so much more sleek. Oh goodness, I may keep it, hahaha

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    1. Thank you! I can’t believe some of the things that people have gotten rid of, but it allows me to creep in like a shadow and take it. I wish more people knew how easy and cool it can be to save instead of toss old things. I appreciate your comment, Tony. πŸ™‚

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    1. That would be such a great thing for you guys to do together. You can search for pieces one weekend at thrift stores, garage sales, etc. And then go buy paint and work on them the next day. It’ll be nice hearing each other’s ideas and working together. If you do it, you know I would love to see. Btw, I sold both pieces in 24 hours of posting them! Very proud.

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  4. This turned out so nice! It’s perfect for the season. Yellow was never a favorite color of mine, I only recently started liking it maybe a couple of years ago. I think because it’s a bright, happy color and that’s a path I’m trying to take lol. I’m also trying to get a schedule together for my blog but it’s tough! I’m working on a lot of changes

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    1. Oh I hear you. I’m also recently feeling yellow, and staying on a positive path and trying to schedule my posts, and working on a lot of changes. We’re like doppelgΓ€ngers!


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