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Well, hello. Happy Monday. We are in the thick of moving back in, end of the school year/sports activities all around, and a million different little projects here and there it seems. No yard sales for me this weekend, but here are some treasures I’ve picked up in the last little while:
Some fun glassware, .25 to .75 each:may 2010 013


A funky lamp that I think will be perfect for the playroom ($2):
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A table for the playroom ($20):may 2010 020 1
I would love to sand it down and paint it, but it’s got a laminate, shiny top. Will that sand down, or should I just paint the legs? It’s in great shape and the perfect size for where we want it…may 2010 025 1This baby was in a free pile in front of some student apartments. I picked her up purely for one reason.may 2010 018 1 The legs!may 2010 019 1 I’m thinking of unscrewing them and using them somewhere else. Have you ever priced feet like these? They can run about $15 a piece. The rest of it is nasty. I don’t think I would even try to to recover it. Unless you convince me otherwise…
I’m partying with Rhoda today!
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30 comments:

  1. Too bad the ottoman is yucky because it is CUTE!! Great deals!!

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  2. I love the milk glass vase you found! And coming from the mom of a college student who roomed with other college students and who had many many college students over to their house, trash it! The thought of what those spots are, ugh! They are a gross lot those college boys. But save those cute legs!

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  3. Anita~
    I was thinking the same thing. I just got a shiver when you were talking about the spots. We'll just keep it in the hoarder garage until I get those legs off. :)

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  4. We have that exact same table in our kitchen (it was a hand-me-down from my grandma). Don't mess with the laminate! It has been AWESOME with the kids b/c everything just wipes right off -- paint, glue, honey, syrup, crayons, markers, crusted on applesauce... It would be perfect for a playroom!

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  5. I love the table. I would paint the legs black and leave the top alone. The formica looks great, will be easy to clean and is kid friendly. I think you are very clever to know the value of those ottoman legs!!

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  6. You can paint the laminate! http://livingwithlindsay.com/2009/05/how-to-paint-laminate-furniture.html

    Love the finds..

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  7. I love seeing other people's thrifty finds! This weekend I picked up a Bernina 830 for $20 at a yard sale. It works perfectly!

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  8. You can paint it so easily- you just have to use plastic spray paint. Looks like you got some great finds.

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  9. Those ottoman legs! So very cute! You could make yourself an ottoman and you'd already have great legs for it! Good for you.

    As for the table, I'll bet that the laminate top will be very practical for your playroom space. And the table will look really cute with the legs and apron painted in a color that works with the rest of your playroom decor. . . maybe red like the lampshade?

    Have fun!

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  10. Yes, those legs are a great find. I'm with you on trashing the rest. Though it might be cute recovered, you have to live with it and you know where it came from. Gag. I wouldn't recover it either.

    Love the vases too.

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  11. I don't know if this is helpful or not. But there are products that you can get at Lowes or Home Depot that you can use as primers for laminate. It is used on kitchen cabinets, but I have used it on a table like that. As long as you seal it well it stands up. I would clean the table with the sugar solution that you use to clean Kitchen cabinets before you prime them.
    Hope that is helful to you.

    Jennifer
    Livin' With Hoosiers

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  12. Love those legs. ;) Yeah...I don't know about that ottoman. Like Anita said, who knows where those stains came from? :s The foam is probably just rotten anyways.

    Cute lamp too. I didn't get to "sale" this weekend b/c of my grandma's bday party, but I can live vicariously through you, right? ;)

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  13. Wow you sure made out with some great stuff! I have just sanded down a laminate table and it worked when I painted it! Hope it works for you! I love the size of that table for the kiddos!

    I am having a giveaway over at my blog, I would love for you to come and check me out!

    Megan

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  14. Love that stool, now really you could rip off that old fabric & recover it. It would hide the nasties. Spray it down with Fabreze. :)

    That table can definitely be painted even if it's laminate. Get a primer for high adhesion which is supposed to work great for laminate surfaces. If you prime well, you could definitely paint it. Great finds, Melissa!

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  15. Define "nasty?" I could probably take that ottoman and strip it down to bare bones wood and recover but only IF it has never been peed on. Pee, as we know, is forever.

    Just say no to "pee" (and with college housing, NOTHING is out of the question).

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  16. Cool feet on that little ottoman- I say that is all I would salvage from it. As for the laminate tabletop- I once primed my laminate counter top, then painted it. Of course I sealed it with about 5 coats of poly afterwards, though. It can be done! Good luck with it.
    :-) Sue

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  17. Normally I would say go for it and paint the laminate. Easy to do if you use lightly sand and use a good primer. But if the table is for the playroom....I don't know???...if your kids are anything like mine it might last 5 minutes!
    And I love those legs, I am looking for some of those! They are expensive.

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  18. The legs were definitely worth picking up that ottoman! I would use those legs on my bathroom vanity!

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  19. Those legs are worth picking it up. Very cute. Yeah, I'd probably trash it, too. Too bad, eh?

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  20. Those legs are great! You can use them for so many different things. If you need the ottoman it looks like it has great bones, just rip off the fabric and start over. Imagine it as a coffee table with a big tray on it!

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  21. I am like the others, to bad that the ottoman isn't in better condition. It is really cute. Can't wait to see what you do with the feet.

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  22. Paint the laminate table. Use Zinsser oil based cover stain primer. You won't even need to sand. Who sands furniture anymore?? Seriously... You don't need to with this stuff! (unless of course it's really rough and unfinished wood..)

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  23. p.s... If you really want to keep the ottoman, just rip off the top cushion and replace it with either a new cushion, or you could try to save it. I had a similar situation with a nasty ottoman. I bleached the heck out of it in my driveway with my garden hose, then let it sit in the hot Texas sun for a few days, and ran it in the dryer on high about 10 times. Was very time consuming, but in the end, was good as new, and saved me about $30 of new cushion material.

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  24. I would do a thorough steam cleaning on that ottoman, before you ditch it. You might be able to clean up the funk enough to recover it. I agree, the legs are fabulous!.....and I would advise against painting the laminate top. It will be a pain, and may not hold up too well in a playroom. Maybe wait until the top gets so worn that you need to paint it. I think it will look nice with just the legs painted anyway.

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  25. Great finds. Could you tell me the color of the paint in the basement ? Is it the Pecan? Looks great.

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  26. I think you should paint the table top with a good primer and then apply chalkboard paint! Love the legs on the ottoman too!

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  27. you can totally repaint that table.. give it a light sanding, a good bonding primer and a coat or two of paint.. Ive done it and I love it!
    (my husband says to use Sherwin Williams since he works there, but unless you get a discount like we do, its way expensive...he says well worth it)

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  28. Have you thought about attaching those legs to the bottom of an old suitcase? I saw something like this used as a coffee table and it was adorable!

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  29. Paint the laminate top. I've had great luck using Bullseye Zinsser (spelling is getting red lined, but you'll recognize it at Lowes or HD) primer and any paint-latex or oil. I also loved doing a chalkboard paint directly over the laminate-three coats, seasoned with a chalk coating. Check it out at http//thymelesssageandrandomrants@wordpress.com.

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