Monday, February 25, 2013

Upscaling A Target Side Table

My inspiration for a little DIY project was the below table spied on Pinterest. The minute I saw it I knew a table I found a few years ago at Target could easily be transformed into a look-alike! 

Inspiration Table: $506 from Lulu and Georgia


My Version: $49 from Target


Deciding a gold base and light top would introduce a nice contrast against the dark floor, I got to work.


With some squeezing, I had just enough Rub 'n Buff left in the tube to cover the black metal base with a layer of warm antique gold. Easy peasy! 


Next, moving on to tackle the table top. Removing it from the base...


...for a quick sanding.


Nothing beats Adhesion Primer from Sherwin-Williams, so a layer of that was painted on.


After the primer dried, a quick sanding followed by a coat - and then another - of ProClassics paint in Softer Tan, again by Sherwin-Williams. This go-to paint of mine is an acrylic formula designed for painting furniture with a hard wearing result usually accomplished only by using oil based paint. 


And the result. Could I be any happier?!


Stands up quite nicely next to the inspiration table, I'd say.



That was fun... I must look around the house for more candidates to receive a quick update!

54 comments :

  1. This is gorgeous! My kind of paint project. Love it!

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  2. Yay! Love seeing your DIY projects again!

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  3. Oh my gosh, I love it! I've been waiting ever since you posted you were planning this.

    Ok, Target still has the Lark side table...but they messed with the metal base. Now, instead of sitting on the floor, there are four legs with the horizontal piece higher up. :( I was so hoping I could just grab these up today!

    I will be on the hunt. Thanks.

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  4. Fabulous! It looks amazing...where can I get my hand on some rub 'n buff??

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  5. Ok. I can't stand Walmart, but I did an image search and found these tables for $49. What do you think about substituting the glass top for a marble scrap or painted wood piece and buffing the base?

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  6. Now I'm obsessed: Ikea has this one: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60210806/

    And here's the walmart one: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Kale-Glass-End-Table-Black-Chrome/16328750?findingMethod=rr

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  7. That looks great and is quite the inspiration! You are amazing with some Rub N Buff.
    Carrie
    carrie@neatsmart.com

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  8. That looks great and is quite the inspiration! You are amazing with some Rub N Buff.
    Carrie
    carrie@neatsmart.com

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  9. LOVE this! A simple transformation with a huge impact!

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  10. Another beautiful DIY Janell! Love it!

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  11. Perfect! RubNBuff to the rescue again! Can we live without that stuff? NO. This makeover looks fabulous, so light and contemporary looking!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  12. Love a good DIY that doesn't LOOK like a DIY. Great call on this change-up!

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  13. Love it! Great job making a Target table look super high end!

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  14. picky, I hope you find what you are looking for!! Janell

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  15. This turned out so great!,!! I've never heard of Rub 'n Buff. Looks like a product I need to try!

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  16. I was thinking about doing the same thing to my coffee table! It looks gorgeous--I'm definitely going to do it now!

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  17. Amazing! I really need to try rub n buff.

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  18. Great update! You will be able to get more years out of that table. Love it!

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  19. It's fabulous Janell! I love it! Your wood floors are beautiful, too.

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  20. love this! so doing this for my son's apt...

    check out his artwork here
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/mfrancoart

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  21. Oh Janelle. The things you do with a little Rub n Buff. I love it.

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  22. Looks incredible! I must get some rub n buff!

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  23. Great job!!! A beautiful item don't always have to be expensive, you only need a bit of imagination and talent!
    And you have both!

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  24. Wow....sheer genius! Is Rub n' Buff not the best thing since sliced bread? Always love your projects....Great job!

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  25. I feel so lame ... I have never used Rub n buff. I am going to have to change that! The table looks FINE!!! xo

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  26. I just love your home. You always find a way to update it so easily!

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  27. Beautiful, Janell!!! Man, that rub-n-buff stuff comes in handy, doesn't it? I love the gold and light top against the dark floors now, you are totally right that it pops more. Such a great make-over:)

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  28. Wow, that table looks like a million bucks now! Awesome job :)

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  29. That looks amazing!! I would never guess now that the table is from Target.

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  30. I have the same table that I bought a couple years ago on clearance at Target. I think this idea is just what I need to break up all the dark wood tones in my living room.

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  31. How did you apply Rub and Buff for this project? Thank you!

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  32. This is truly amazing, what a fabulous make-over! Love it!

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  33. Seriously? It went from farmhouse to chic so easily. Love it! I have yet to buy a tube of Rub 'n Buff but any time I see it, I think of you.

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  34. See, I knew I'd kept my Ikea work table for a reason! It looks very much like yours, except it has an extra leaf that makes the top expandable...I will definitely be getting my rub on with some gold on those currently silver legs.

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  36. Your creativity is off the charts - the table is absolutely amazing. Have to ask, though... what's with Mao?

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  37. Beyond doubt, your DIY activity produced outstanding results such as this lovely and simple table. By the way, Mao has caught my attention by that box.
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  38. Thanks Janell for highlighting Rub 'n Buff! I'm going to post on our Facebook page and link to your blog.

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  39. Hi there! Thank you so much for such a fabulous post. I just bought this for the first time after finding your blog. I just used it on some barstools (black metal) and have a question for you. No matter what I did I
    Kept ending up with chunky streak marks. I only have one coat on right now. Is this what it's supposed to look like when done? I am trying to decide if I should try a paint thinner with it for a second coat or just trying another layer on. Curious to see what your thoughts are. So sorry to bug you but it looked like we were
    Working with the same material (black metal) and I was curious if you had this problem. I am jealous over how gorgeous your table turned out, I want one of my own ;)

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  40. Hi Kim,

    Sorry you've had some issues! I do get these questions about how to apply a good coverage of Rub'nBuff, I've never had a problem except on a surface that was too slick and in that case I gave it a light sanding to give the surface a tooth. But typically I have success by placing a very small amount on a finger tip and rubbing it in, repeating that process until I cover the entire surface with the characteristics I'm looking for. Sometimes I want a solid coverage so apply a couple layers, others I want some of the original finish of the object I'm covering to show through here and there, so go for a lighter coverage. The look can be streaky or solid, just depending on amount applied, layers and how much rubbing in is done. I think a little variation in the surface is desirable as it gives depth and interest.

    On occasion I've used a fan brush to apply, but that was when I wanted a much lighter coverage with quite a bit of the original surface showing through.

    I don't know if this helps at all, let me know if you have additional questions and I wish you all the best with getting the results you are looking for!!

    Have a great day, Janell

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    1. Thanks so much for your feedback Janelle! I let it sit over night and after buffing it a little this morning it seems that helped some. I am going to go a second coat and hope that does the trick. Thank you again for your feedback. Love, love, love your table! It could not have turned out more gorgeous. It totally inspired me :-)

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  41. I loooooooove this... What finish did you use?

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  42. I loooooooove this... What finish did you use?

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