Cheap to Fabulous! My First Upcycled Furniture Piece- PART I

Over the weekend I took my 3 year old daughter on a “treasure hunt” to a local op shop. We both scored some awesome treasure. My daughter came away with a noisy Wiggles drum (yeah I’m thrilled about that), and a ceramic Barbie mug. I found exactly what I had been looking for- the perfect piece for a beginner upstyler, and it was a table too, which I had wanted for my first piece… and to totally make my day it was marked at $5.00 but due to a sale on the day I got it for $3.50 SCORE! Here is a picture below before I started any work on it.

My $3.50 table before I started work!
My $3.50 table before I started work!

As you can see it is the perfect blank canvas! I was so delighted and then so over the moon when I managed to fit it in the boot of my Hyundai Getz (everything is coming up Marti!) A quick trip to one of my favourite discount stores yielded glass pebbles for what will become a mosaic table top. These glass pebbles were $2.00 a bag, when I’m finished the project I will be able to tell you just how many bags I used to give you an idea of the total cost of the project.

Once I got it home, I dusted it down and applied some white acrylic paint to the table top (it’s a small table so didn’t take much paint at all- acrylic paint can usually be purchased for around $2.00 a bottle or tube). Once the white dried then I painted over with a kind of clear/aqua acrylic glitter paint.

One layer of white acrylic paint and one layer of glitter acrylic paint.
One layer of white acrylic paint and one layer of glitter acrylic paint.

It’s a bit streaky but it didn’t need to be exactly perfect, I just needed some sort of base to begin with. Once the paint was dry I began my first mosaic work 😀 This was done using the glass pebbles glued down with my ever faithful E6000.

Using E6000 to adhere the glass pebbles to the table top.
Using E6000 to adhere the glass pebbles to the table top.

I kind of skipped a step but it’s not all that important as it depends on the pebbles you purchase. Mine were a mixture of similar hues so I spent some time separating them into same colour groups so that I could work with a design rather than just randomly sticking them down.

Currently this is where I am at. I will add further blog posts as the table progresses. I will need to grout, which I have decided upon over resin. I’m still tossing up what to do on the table leg, I’m toying with the idea of a vintage/Victorian inspired decoupage but I fear the themes will be too contrasting so I may end up just painting the leg… I will see where my inspiration takes me. I’m glad I decided upon the glitter paint too, it doesn’t show up in the picture but when the light heads the pebbles it picks up the glitter underneath.

My progress to date.
My progress to date.

Even though it’s still quite a way off being finished I’m already delighted by the transformation. I can’t wait to share more of it with you, so stay tuned!

Happy crafting!