My $2 Table Update

I am a passionate finder of fun things (as indicated by the first half of my name) but I am also a passionate finder of reasonably priced (cheap) things. Going shopping doesn’t really do it for me. During the long rainy winters of Oregon, when there are no garage sales to be found, I have to find a way to feed this passion of mine. Goodwill is great and I do go there quite often, but sometimes even Goodwill is a little too spendy for me. I feel sad even writing my thought process about this because most people would think that Goodwill pricing is wonderful, but once you have been exposed to the good deals of the garage sale life, it’s really hard to go backwards from that. I think at least half of my excitement about something is the price that I scored it for. And that brings me to this fun little table. I found this little piece in the thrift shop of a retirement home. I don’t know if all retirement homes have these but our local home has a basement area that is filled with donated furniture sets, decor and books from tenants who are moving in or just rearranging. Everything is reasonably priced because the goal is to get it out of there quickly. It’s literally the best place to go and find a new book to read and sometimes, if I’m lucky, a fun piece to refinish.


This is the piece before any work was done. It’s a bit water damaged on top but I love the size of it and the shelving space in the middle. My book hoarding problem has me excited over anything with storage space! I also loved the little leg details and it had awesome hardware which saves me the trouble of having to find the right measurements on another handle.

I painted this piece with Behr Alkyd in Cottage White. I Love this color because it’s a warm creamy looking white that isn’t too stark but also doesn’t read yellow. It has been my go-to white for projects. The Alkyd variety is also the strongest finish that Behr has and dries really hard which is great for tabletops that get a lot of wear.


The finished product is super cute and just what I needed in side table. Who am I kidding though, I totally would have purchased it even if I didn’t have a spot for it! For $2 this was the perfect project on a budget for a long winter. I officially have the bug again and now am going to need another project to challenge myself!