Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pedestal Table Transformation

One of the most frugal ways to decorate your home is to re-purpose and transform the things that you already own!  When I came across this featured post on Knock Off Decor about a great "fake" of a Ballard Designs side table and I realized that I have a very similar table in desperate need of a makeover.

Here's Ballard's Brigitte Side Table, currently retailing for $129.00:

Here's my pedestal table...looking a little lack luster!

Quick!  Pull out the paint!!!

Oh, by the way, I used a new kind of paint on this project called Trim & Door with Gel Flow from Glidden.  It's like a white shellac, but the constancy of vanilla pudding, so it doesn't drip or leave brush marks.  And it dries with a high shine.  Pretty cool stuff - especially for painting furniture.  Also a little bit "fumey," so don't go painting indoors with all the windows shut and end up dizzy like me!  Whee!

Anyway, isn't this a whole lot better?

My table also happened to have great little claw feet (way better than Ballard's Table), so I painted them with shiny silver craft paint.

...and the Final Reveal:

Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Fake Ballard Brigitte Table  (Table $0, Paint $12.00 - but only used 1/4 of the can)

Total Fake-It Yourself Cost: $12.00

Compare to Ballard Designs Brigitte Table ($129.00)

Total Fake-It Yourself Savings:  $117.00

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  1. Love the table!! And thanks for the heads up about the paint you used!! sounds perfect!! I paint a lot and hate brush marks.. looks fantastic!! GReat Job!!

  2. The table looks wonderful, just as good if not better than Ballard's version.

  3. I love it! Well done! I love the silver accents! PS... I am your newest follower!

  4. Great job! The little table looks wonderful with the silver feet! Visiting from Not So Simple Housewife...

  5. VOILA! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  6. Hi Heather Bea. Looks great! Glad I could inspire and thanks for letting me know! I'll have to check out the paint.

  7. Looks Great! Thanks for sharing the tip about the paint. I may have to get me some and find something to paint!

  8. Great table! Better than the Ballard Design table:)

  9. The table looks wonderful and I love the addition of the silver feet!

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  11. So inspiring! I have a table in my basement with an attached overhead lamp, and it's badly in need of refinishing, which I've been avoiding. Painting it is just the thing! Thanks!

  12. Just got a very similar table for $2 and saw it as a treasure! It has one claw left sadly any ideas what to do with the other 3 feet without the claw? Can these be purchased anywhere? Can't wait to fix it up!!


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