It took me forever to come up with a title for this post. The one it ended up with isn’t that great, but its better than “Antique Dumpster Vanity Mirror Holder Thingy Turned Faux Outdoor Entry Table”, or a variety of other things I things I came up with.
So a few days ago I showed you this broken old vanity top that was found near a dumpster…
and how I turned the mirror frame into this chalkboard.
I wanted to use all the pieces of it (what can I say, I like a challenge) and when I looked at the part that held up the mirror I saw an upside down table. Well, flat table. But I had an idea and knew exactly where I could use a fake flat table in my life. So, Elijah and I got stared by sanding it down and cleaning it up. (I feel like a broken record, this is how all my projects start).
One of the “legs” was broken, so I was trying to figure out how to make it match the other (much prettier) side. I though perhaps I could get a small hunk of wood and whittle it down to match the other and glue it on. I was about to go wood hunk hunting when Elijah tripped over himself and fell on the good leg, breaking it off exactly like the other one.
Since this table was going in my front porch I decided to paint it the same kitchen reject blue that I painted some of my other outdoor furniture. I taped off the top (since I wanted it to stay wood) and did something I’ve never done before….I handed Elijah the paintbrush.
He used to be completely happy just watching me work and soaking up all the DIY knowledge, but now he is ready to put his knowledge into action. The entire time I’m working now I hear choruses of “Tool? ME! Sand? ME! Paint? ME!”. I have a feeling projects are going to start taking much, much longer.
After some coaxing and paintbrush wrestling I finished painting it, distressed the whole thing with my orbital sander, and applied a coat of stain over the whole thing.
I found this welcome sign at Hobby Lobby for $5 and spray painted it green (to match the other 50% of my outdoor furniture).
Then I secured my flat table to the wall with a nail, threw the welcome on top, bada bing bada boom… upcycled faux outdoor entry table…or whatever…