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My first DIY project cost me $20!


      I just joined Pinterest this week. I know, I’m a little behind the times here.   I was so inspired by all of the DIYers out there that I decided to start my own project, which turned into this blog.

      I started with a 10 year old half-moon table that I bought 10 years ago when I first moved to San Diego, CA. Image

      I borrowed my husband’s 5″ orbital sander and sanded the table down using 120 grit sandpaper for this entire project. It’s the lightest touch and won’t ruin your piece if you accidentally lose control. Which, if you know me well, there was a big probability of that happening. I didn’t strip all of the stain off, just enough so that the primer would stick.



After a short trip to Home Depot, I purchased Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Primer in Gray and Satin finish in Aqua. I also bought some Tack cloth to wipe the table down after sanding to prevent any dust from interfering with my creative dreams (You can find the tack cloth in the same section as the paint in Home Depot.) And don’t forget some new hardware for the drawer! I, personally, don’t think you can ever have enough bling, so I purchased a “crystal” knob for about $2.00. (also at HD)

I didn’t take any pictures after the primer coat. Just follow the directions on the spray paint can. I only did one light coat of primer. I then did 2 coats of the Rust-Oleum Aqua.


I let that sit over-night in order to let the paint fully dry before sanding it again. If you do this yourself, I would recommend bringing your pieces in at night to prevent any moisture getting into the wood during the nighttime.

In the morning, I whipped out my husband’s orbital sander again and went to town.


I splurged on one more trip to HD and purchased a good Polycrylic Sealer by Minwax for about $12.00. I like it because it drys in a clear Satin finish and it’s a convenient spray. I let that sit for about an hour and then brough the piece inside, attached the knob and put the drawer in. Voila!! A great shabby chic table in less that 2 days and I only spent about $20!!!


Hello world!

Welcome to Creative DIY for Moms!!  I started this blog because I am always looking for the next cute way to display photos, spend time with my kids, or re-purpose old furniture that makes it look brand new and/or more expensive. I love shopping at Home Goods, but if I can make something myself that looks like I bought it there, but costs less than $25, then that’s even better!!

For my first post, I am going to re-post something from Whitney at Shanty2Chic. Follow the link under her picture for specific directions. I can’t wait to make these myself!!

Happy reading!