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Two Buck Luck: A Painted Texture Table Makeover on the Cheap

Hello everyone! We’ve been working hard around here this weekend to get several projects finished up and the house ‘back in order’. Whenever projects happen it seems to create some sort of snowball effect that scatters a little bit of chaos in every room in our house. Does that happen at your house too?

One of the projects to finish up was this little side table that I bought from my friend Jessica… she had it in her garage sale pile and sold it to me for a whopping TWO BUCKS! Granted, it needed some work, but I am totally thrilled with how this little baby turned out.

Painted Texture Table with Sisal Rope Edge


Cute? Especially when you consider how it started out… I remembered to take this before picture mid-cleaning, as you can tell by the bucket on top:

texture side table before

It was pretty rough and certainly not a fine piece of furniture. But I liked the shape of the top (kind of echoes our octagonal coffee table) as well as the price:)  Plus, there was a little inspiration filed in my brain that I wanted to use on something… and this table seemed like the perfect place.


My inspiration came from Deb at Lake Girl Paints. Deb is an amazingly talented artist who creates beautiful pieces of furniture and signs and takes a fun, fresh, and unique approach to each piece that she tackles. I LOVE her projects and she has excellent tutorials! You can buy her pieces if you don’t want to take one on yourself. This gorgeous texture blast table of hers is what inspired my own texture table experiment.

Texture Blast Table

Isn’t it insanely gorgeous! You can check out her tutorial for creating this at Lake Girl Paints: Texture Blast Table. As soon as I saw this piece I filed it in my brain for future use (as well as pinned it!):


Now, to apply this look to my little two buck lucky find. After a thorough cleaning, the first step was to PRIME. I used a basic water based primer I had on hand.

texture table before priming with water based primer


Don’t look at my messy garage in the background please.

After priming the table top I also painted the base with two coats of white latex paint.


Now onto the fun part! Once primed and dry, get out your craft paints (colors of your choice), some cardstock, and a plate for your paint blobs (technical term). You can see I have my IPAD ready to go as well so that I could follow along with Deb’s tutorial as I went.


texture table painting supplies


To begin I dipped the folded end of cardstock into the paint blobs and pulled them across the top of my table…. adding more paint fairly frequently as the cardstock/paint doesn’t spread very far.

texture table adding stripes with cardstock


I decided to start with a striped effect of green, yellow, and blue and continued my way across the table top.

texture table adding bright stripes


I also kind of mixed the different colors together slightly by dipping the cardstock in a couple of colours and ran it across the stripes to make the stripes appear less uniform.

texture table bright stripes complete close up


texture table bright stripes complete


Once complete I knew it was brighter than I wanted it to be. So I let it dry completely (which happens fairly quickly with craft paint) and then got out my white craft paint. I used a smaller piece of cardstock and dragged white paint over the original stripes to tone them down a little.

texture table using smaller cardstock and white paint to tone down stripes


My advice is to just keep playing with it until you get the effect you like. You really can’t screw it up because you can always add more coloured paint if you over-whitify.

texture table finished applying craft paint


Once you are happy with the look, let it dry completely again. Now add a couple of coats of a water based sealer (or if you want to do this for an outside table use a sealer appropriate for exteriors…This would be a fun outdoor side table too).

texture table apply water based sealer


All sealed and ready to go. But the sides of this particular table were a little unsightly because it is not exactly an example of fine craftsmanship.

texture table edge close up


I decided to add some detail (and cover the ugly sides) with some sisal rope. It came in a fifty foot roll and I  bought it at either Walmart or Dollarama… can’t quite remember. It was super inexpensive either way.

sisal rope in package


I used my tiny but trusty hot glue gun to help me attach the rope, working in fairly small sections and wrapping / gluing the rope all the way around the edges. My glue gun stick holder can just happens to match this project, honestly I didn’t plan it:)  Not that I would be beyond such a thing.

supplies for gluing sisal rope around edges of texture tablegluing and wrapping sisal rope around edges of texture table


Once my rope was wrapped all the way around the table, I cut the edge and glued it down where it met up with the beginning piece. I staggered my starting points at different places around the table so that all the edges wouldn’t begin/end on the same line. This helps to hide things a little better.


wrapping and gluing sisal rope around the edges of the texture table


I repeated this step until all the sides were completely covered with the twine.


texture table with sisal rope wrapped edges complete


Finished! You can hardly see the beginning/end points – they are hidden well amongst the natural texture of the rope:


edges of rope close up

I am really pleased with how it turned out. The top is so fun and textured – thanks to Deb’s fabulous texture painting tutorial! And I also really like the added texture and fresh nautical feel that the sisal rope edging gives it.

texture side table top at thehappyhousietexture side table side with sisal rope edge at thehappyhousie

It fits in perfectly with the lighter brighter colours going on in the living room now…

texture side table by couch at thehappyhousie

texture side table at thehappyhousie

I’m totally pleased with the transformation… for a two buck table and some paint and rope.

texture side table beforetexture blast table version at thehappyhousie












What sort of interesting paint techniques have you tried lately? Or anything you have used some twine or rope to dress up a little? I would love to hear from you – leave a comment below about what you’ve been up to:)

I linked this up with the Spring Pinterest Challenge at Young House Love,  Bower PowerSparkle Meets Pop, and Red Bird Blue. The original pin that inspired me to create this table was from Deb at Lake Girl Paints. Thanks Deb!

Thanks for reading! And remember, my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey.







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    1. Hi Kathleen!
      Thanks… it was really fun to do. Would like to try something similar with another piece. Have a dresser to redo soon… it may end up with a little painted texture. You never know 🙂

  1. Krista!! The table is AMAZING!!! Totally love it’s HIP feel!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

  2. FANTASTIC! I love it. I love it. I also shared your inspiration photo/table on my blog a year ago. To cool. I also shared your table on my FB fan page. Thanks for linking up. Jen

    1. Hi Jen! Thanks so much for your super kind comments… so glad you like the table, and thanks for the share on FB!! Yay!

  3. Krista you did an amazing job with this table. It goes so well with your decor! Nice tutorial too! ~~ becoming a new follower!

  4. Wow! What a transformation! I have been doing the garage sale thing and you just inspired me to go for it a bit more! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! I’m pretty new and still figuring things out so comments like yours are very encouraging!
    Corey @ Tinysidekick.com

    1. Hi Corey! Thanks for your comments! I am pretty new too, started in February… so I totally understand what a huge learning curve it is! Hope to see you again:)

    1. Hi Danielle! Thanks, it does look pretty different! I think the rope edge might be my favourite part of transforming the table:) Thank you for hosting.

  5. Hi Krista, stopping by from Get Your Craft On. I love this table. It totally reminds me of the beach with the fun colors and rope detail, which was such a great idea to add to the table. Great job!! 🙂

    1. Hi Meg,
      Thanks so much for coming by! I love how beachy the table looks too… it fits in with our newly lightened up living room that is ‘almost’ done now! Thank you for your kind comments and I hope to see you again,

    1. Thanks Jamie! It was super easy… and really fun to create. You really can’t screw it up, which is perfect for a slightly impatient DIYer like me. Thanks so much for your visit and comments!!

    1. Thanks Shannah! It was a fab find – my husband didn’t believe that I could actually create anything good out of it! Yay!

  6. Your the best Krista dear, I love the painting you did on this one, and that touch of sisal is genius! Started subscribing already so I wouldn’t miss any of your posts dear!

  7. You are amazing, Krista! This is so, so gorgeous! I have had some painting projects in mind, but I keep putting them off because I’m nervous to try them. You have totally inspired me to get painting! Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous, gorgeous table! Have a great evening!

    ~Abby =)

    1. Hi Abby!
      Glad to inspire in any way… the good thing about paint is that you can always repaint it if you don’t like it! Can’t wait to see what you paint:)

  8. Krista, I am drooling over your gorgeous little 2 buck table and it’s not just because blue & green together are my favorite. You did such an amazing job with your ‘experiment’ with its blobs and whitify-ing – all of it.
    You’re hilarious and so talented. Thanks for making it feel like I was right in the happy housie with you as you transformed it into such a work of art.

    1. Thanks Therese! You are so funny! I really have to give Deb at Lake Girl Paints the credit though… she was the brains behind the idea:) Just glad I have other talented people’s tutorials to read!!

  9. Yay Krista! What a great transformation. Your colors are so beautiful with your pillows. I love the rope detail. I am so glad you enjoyed the process too! Everything – the little table vignette (lamp, plant, globe) just so sweet! Of course I love all of those colors…they’re Happy!

    1. Thanks Deb! And I can’t thank you enough for your amazing inspiration – I love your work so much!! So glad you share it so the rest of us can try to copy it:)

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