Happy Wednesday! I am so excited to be hosting a Thrift Games for you today – me and some of my blogger friends went thrifting with a $15 budget and found something cool to up cycle! I really wanted a side table to go on our screened in porch in between two of our free bamboo chairs. I was pretty open in what I was looking for but knew that I needed a base and a table top.
I had to be a little creative when I walked through Goodwill, but I was really inspired by this glass vase for $8.99. It was the perfect height for a side table! I wasn’t feeling the hot pink (shocking for me!) but I liked the general shape and feel.
For a top, I was really hoping for a wooden tray or platter. There were no plain trays the right size, but there was this wooden chips and salsa plate for $4.99. When I turned it upside down, it fit perfectly on the vase base! We were in business, and under our $15 budget.
I wanted to give the glass base a sea glass look so I picked up a can of Krylon sea glass spray paint in aqua. I wanted the glass to have a transparent sea glass look, so I actually used a straight edge razor blade to scrape all of the pink paint off the outside of the glass.
However, since I could not get it 100% off, it showed through the transparent spray paint. Whomp whomp. I ended up having to spray the whole thing with white primer to cover the pink paint, so the scraping was just an extra unneeded step. Hazard of DIY projects!
I gave the whole thing 2 coats of primer and 3 coats of sea glass spray. I topped it off with 2 coats of a clear matte sealant. Here are my favorite spray painting tips! I love the final frosted look!
The tabletop had a brand name burned into it. I used our electric sander to sand the wood down and remove the brand name. I then gave it a coat of Restore a Finish and one coat of poly to seal it.
I attached the top to the base using gorilla glue. After 2 hours of dry time, it was ready to go!
I love how it turned out and love how it fits our space. Pretty perfect for under $15!
Be sure to check out all of the other bloggers participating in the Thrift Games!