Tons o’ Tables!

Tons o’ Tables!
Today I am headed across town to visit my boyfriend.  I haven’t seen him in awhile.  He’s big and blue and smells like meatballs.  His name is Ikea.   I’m so excited!
So here is a ol’ big bunch of table makeovers to keep your before-and-after appetite satiated in the meantime.  Or maybe I’ll bump into you there! Say hello! Don’t worry, Ikea can be your boyfriend too. There’s enough of him to go around.
First up is this neat copper-toned table from Meg at A Little Knick Knack.  Looks so cool, but probably quite simple to recreate yourself with painters tape. And the copper stripes remind me of Arizona!  Copper IS one of our 5 Cs, did you know that?  Copper, Cotton, Cattle, Citrus, and Climate.  Now you are smarter. Whoops, I just reread Meg’s blog.  She actually used gold.
Kathleen at Between Blue and Yellow somehow resurrected this table top, and look at the loveliness that was hiding under there.  She gave the base a weathered look that reminds me of oxidized copper, because apparently I can’t stop thinking about copper today.  I blame my recent bout of insomnia.  (It’s the worst!  I’m open to any suggestions).
And the rest …
This cute little table comes from Better After reader Cathy who had been bitten by the makeover bug. She didn’t have a lot of space to work with in her small apartment, but had to scratch that itch!  Luckily she found this perfectly-sized $10 table, and ditched the ivy stencils for bright red and a lot of pizzazzle.  I thought that was a word I just made up, then I googled it, and there are like, 45 blogs named Pizzazzle.
And speaking of stencils, but in the opposite-of-lame category,  here is a lovely stenciled coffee table from Laurie at House to Your Home. I love that it’s noticeable without punching you in the face with stencileyness. You know? It just looks natural.
A co-worker helped Katie drag this table in from the curb, and it stayed in her office until she figured out what to do with it.  Finally she decided to accent it with the same color on her bulletin board, Mermaid Treasure, which has my vote as the best paint color name ever.  The stripe around the edge of the table reminds me of when Martha Stewart did a bright color along the inner edges of her doors, did you see that? She said it was like lipstick for your house. Ha! I love it.
See it on Katie’s blog Sensing Self.
Susie sassed up this $5 table that she found on Kijiji with a little black and white damask action.  Actually, that is not quite the truth, because she paid $5 and got THREE tables.  What!?  So this table was … hang on … $1.66.  (Yes, I did pull out my calculator to do that). Smokin’ deal.  Head on over to  Susie’s Sassy DIY’s to see what she did with the other two.
At first when I saw this table makeover from Kirsten at Made For A King, I was like, “Oh no you di’int!  How could you paint over all those intricate carvings?”  Then I realized the “carvings” were actually stickers, and was like, “Never mind.  Carry on with yo bad-self.  Stencil that mug up, yeaaah!”  (I don’t usually talk like that. It’s probably because I watched the VMA’s last night.  Holy smokes, I am too old for that show.  I felt like I was having a stroke the whole time.)
And finally, if this awesome table makeover form Marci at The Vintage Lemon doesn’t make your heart go pitter-pat, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you.  See a doctor or something.  She de-Batman-ified with a soft white and a touch of distressing, which really brings out it’s girliness, I think. Simply gorgeous.
Whew, that’s it!  I hope you have a great weekend!  Why don’t you go hit the yard-sales, find some projects, paint them up pretty and send them to me?   I would love to see what you are up to.

As for me, it’s meatball time.



  1. September 7, 2012 / 7:35 PM

    I really love the red pizazzle one. I love the branches she painted on top…so simple that maybe, just maybe I can do it? We shall see.

    Can you believe I have never been to an Ikea before? But Sept 21st will be my first time. Going to stop there on my way to San Diego! Can’t wait!

  2. September 7, 2012 / 8:45 PM

    Cool ideas! Geesh I wish I knew you were going to do a whole post on tables. I just did a table too! I’ll send it to you. Only thing….those “I love oak” people are gonna die when they see my do-over! LOL!

  3. September 8, 2012 / 1:23 AM

    I enjoy your writing so much! Honestly, your way with words is rare in blogland. Keep it up because you have the gift.

    Great collection of projects here. Thanks for the roundup.

    There are “I love oak” people?

  4. September 8, 2012 / 1:30 AM

    I haven’t Better After’d for a whole week ’til today. I needed that. Am smiling now. And I totally rocked the meatballs at Ikea today, complete with gravy and that weird jelly stuff that looks so “oh no I won’t”, but’s actually so “oh wow, so good!”
    Great post Lindsey – as usual.

  5. Elizabeth
    September 8, 2012 / 2:43 AM

    My Dr once told me to get up an hour early for every day your insomnia persists. Hypothetically in a few days you’ll be sleeping through the night. I guess it could work for minor cases… I have a new Dr now.

  6. September 10, 2012 / 1:39 AM

    Thanks for showing off my table with all these great tables, I love that you had a grouping like this to show off! I hope you found something great at IKEA!!! Laurie at House to your Home!

  7. September 10, 2012 / 2:09 AM

    Thank you so much for showing my table! I just love your blog. I love the way you write, I feel like I can hear you talking in my head.
    Thanks again!

  8. September 10, 2012 / 2:24 AM

    Ok so you are truly my FAVORITE blog and not just because of all the fabulous remakes but because you make me laugh hysterically And also because I get all your jokes. We must be close in age because I’m totally right here (I’m doing that thing with my fingers pointing back and forth between my temples and you…see it?)
    Anyway, I rarely comment and I can’t believe I’m doing the “hey you should give these supplements a try” but I’m seriously doing it. My hubby is an AdvoCare rep which has been around YEARS and is nutritional supplements mostly geared toward weight loss and overall wellness and fitness HOWEVER there is a new sleep aid I’ve been using that is all natural ingredients like niacin, magnesium and melatonin–all help enhance restful sleep. Anyway, email me for more details: godzblessedme (at) gmail (dot) com so I can end these awkward advertisement. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. September 11, 2012 / 10:18 PM

    These are such great idea! Thanks for sharing these amazing ideas with us 🙂

  10. Hannah
    June 4, 2015 / 12:48 PM

    Hello, I really like your style of painting! Great work. What type of paint and brand do you use? I’m looking at painting a table and want to get some nice paint for it.

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