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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lady Caroline: a table's story from rags to riches

Going to garage sales and thrift stores is a little bit like a blind date. Most of the time you walk away with nothing to show for it. But every once in a while, you meet someone special and it is love at first sight. So it was with Caroline.

Caroline was sitting in a huge moving sale a few streets down from my house. She was a little dirty, and was starting to show her age. People obviously didn't think much of her, because she was only being sold for a dollar.

For me, however, it was love at first sight, and the price was right. For a dollar I knew I could transform little Caroline into quite the lady that would soon be sitting pretty on my front porch. I made a quick trip to the Walmarts for some spray paint in Hosta Green, and found a spare hour to work my magic.

One can of paint later, Caroline was transformed into Lady Caroline, the perfect companion to sit with me on the porch, providing a place to set my drink, and happily holding up a pretty violet. Here she is showing off her feminine curves. Isn't she a beauty?

Here's the step-by-step:
Take before picture :-)

Use wire brush to remove any flaking paint. This table is plastic, and some of the white paint had started to peel off, so I helped it along.

Outdoors, set the table on a dropcloth and start spraying with the paint. Do several light coats one minute apart, being careful to get really good coverage.

Let stand for 24 hours or until fully dry. Spray paint dries quickly, but it's always best to give the paint time to cure, and to allow the vapors to evaporate, especially if you will be using the item inside.

Take After picture!

I'm linking this little beauty up to Today's Thrifty Treasures, and Metamorphosis Monday. Make sure to check out all of the other great finds and transformations!


Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) August 16, 2009 at 5:45 PM  

Jenny, Lady Caroline is just lovely...love her graceful features and she's just perfect on your porch! Happy Met Monday!

Della August 16, 2009 at 6:46 PM  

Pretty! I just redid a table too, must be in the air. :)

Joan@anythinggoeshere August 16, 2009 at 6:49 PM  

She has been saved! She has a new green life. Yes!

Susie Q August 16, 2009 at 7:14 PM  

She's PLASTIC? Wow.

Wendy August 16, 2009 at 7:35 PM  

She's gorgeous!

Linda August 16, 2009 at 7:36 PM  

That is charming! Love it! Linda

Enchanted Rose Studio August 16, 2009 at 7:42 PM  

Jenny, Lady Caraoline is so charming! I love the tray edge and the queen anne legs. The color is fabulous! Great transformation!


Sue August 16, 2009 at 8:30 PM  

Love the color of your new table! She is so cute. :-)

Glenda/MidSouth August 16, 2009 at 8:30 PM  

Great price and a very pretty redo.

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training August 16, 2009 at 8:35 PM  

Oh I just LOVE the lines of you new end table and what a steal! Good eye and an even better transformation.

Christi August 16, 2009 at 8:45 PM  

Very nice, she is a beauty!

Christi @ A Southern Life

Pam @ This Humble House August 16, 2009 at 8:57 PM  

Very pretty! I can't believe it's plastic!

jskell911 August 16, 2009 at 9:07 PM  

Until a few months ago, I would've walked right on by Caroline withoput seeing any of the promise you saw! Great vision and she's lovely

Shirley August 16, 2009 at 9:08 PM  

Can't believe it's plastic either! Such pretty lines and wonderful for your porch!

marty39 August 16, 2009 at 9:35 PM  

What a fabulous find. I love it, and the green is such a pretty color. Hugs, Marty

Marsha's Mpressions August 16, 2009 at 10:35 PM  

Wow! This little table turned out great!

Michelle@Sweet Something August 16, 2009 at 10:38 PM  

She looks great! Love that green!

Blue Creek Home August 16, 2009 at 10:42 PM  

I love what you did with Lady Caroline! Very pretty.

Aubree @ The Weathered Cottage August 16, 2009 at 11:39 PM  

so cute!

The Tattered Cottage August 17, 2009 at 12:01 AM  

Love the redo!

Terry August 17, 2009 at 12:37 AM  

I do love the curves and the green. Thanks for the rescue.

Claudia@DipityRoad August 17, 2009 at 1:57 AM  

What alovely transition!

Love the legs on this baby.

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

Ldy ~~ Dy August 17, 2009 at 1:58 AM  

Hi Jenny! I love how Lady Caroline is showing herself off! She looks great!! Also...the price was right!! Hugs!!

Kitty Scraps August 17, 2009 at 6:55 AM  

What a lovely lady! Very pretty makeover for Lady Caroline!

Jennifer August 17, 2009 at 10:46 AM  

What a great redo ... that is an awesome table and I love your color choice!

ThriftyAnnabella August 17, 2009 at 11:06 AM  

Very nice transformation

Cheri Peoples August 17, 2009 at 12:00 PM  

Wow-is that a metal tray attached to the top of that table??? Inquiring minds need to know.

Come for a visit.
Its So Very Cheri

Melissa Miller August 17, 2009 at 12:10 PM  

How beautiful! Love the green color. :)

ImagineCozy August 17, 2009 at 12:51 PM  

The green made all the difference in the world. And it fits so perfect on the porch.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage August 17, 2009 at 3:39 PM  

You did a beautiful job! The etching on the top reminds me a lot of Florentine pieces that I have, that same pattern is found on a couple of different pieces that I have. It looks beautiful painted, though!

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst August 17, 2009 at 7:06 PM  

Everyone- thanks for all of the compliments! It was a super easy makeover and I am loving the results!

Cheri - no separate tray, the top is just made to look like a tray on top of curvy legs. The legs are attached to the top via wing nuts underneath.

Alicia August 17, 2009 at 11:16 PM  

Lady Caroline is so lovely! You did a great job with her. You can really see she's loved now. And she's my favorite color too! Please stop by and say hello!

Jerralea August 18, 2009 at 2:25 PM  

You have wonderful vision! I bet I wouldn't have even noticed her at the sale :(

Brenda August 18, 2009 at 3:57 PM  

She is indeed a beauty, worthy of such a name! That paint color was perfect.

Sharlotte August 18, 2009 at 10:34 PM  

Love the transformation! The top design is so pretty...great color!

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