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Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table

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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.

Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

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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.

Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

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.

Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

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.

Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

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!

Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

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!

Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

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.

Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

I attached the top to the base using gorilla glue. After 2 hours of dry time, it  was ready to go!

Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

I love how it turned out and love how it fits our space. Pretty perfect for under $15!

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Thrift Games: Upcycling a Vase & Chips and Salsa Tray into a Porch Side Table - Charleston Crafted

Here are all the supplies I used:


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Denise

Saturday 21st of July 2018

I’m a thrift-aholic. Love this idea!

Ruth

Saturday 14th of July 2018

Your table turned out nice but it ended up costing you more than $15! All those products you used plus the $15 you spent cost you over $50.!! You could’ve bought two small tables in the end!

Morgan

Saturday 14th of July 2018

Hi Ruth! All of the DIY essentials that we used for this project we already had on hand. If you had to buy a whole can of stain or poly or a sander it would certainly cost more. We do tons of projects and keep these supplies on hand. This is just our cost for this project. Thanks so much for reading!

Vanessa

Saturday 14th of July 2018

Very nice & easy project..i love it. I need ideas of an easy, diy inexpensive patio table/bench.

Melissa

Thursday 29th of June 2017

Oh my gosh! This is so creative and cool. I never would've thought of that and I'm pretty sure I used to have one of those chip/dip platters long ago. Wish I would've saved it now. Great job! And those chairs and the pup are pretty cool too!

Jamie

Thursday 29th of June 2017

What a great idea! I always find those trays at the thrift store and never know what I could do with them...until now! This will be perfect for our outdoor entertaining area!! :)