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!
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35 Responses to Lady Caroline: a table’s story from rags to riches

  1. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

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

  2. Della says:

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

  3. Joan@anythinggoeshere says:

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

  4. Susie Q says:

    She's PLASTIC? Wow.

  5. Wendy says:

    She's gorgeous!

  6. Linda says:

    That is charming! Love it! Linda

  7. Enchanted Rose Studio says:

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

    Tina

  8. Sue says:

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

  9. Glenda/MidSouth says:

    Great price and a very pretty redo.

  10. Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training says:

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

  11. Christi says:

    Very nice, she is a beauty!

    Christi @ A Southern Life
    http://asouthernlife.com

  12. Pam @ This Humble House says:

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

  13. jskell911 says:

    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

  14. Shirley says:

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

  15. marty39 says:

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

  16. Marsha's Mpressions says:

    Wow! This little table turned out great!

  17. Michelle@Sweet Something says:

    She looks great! Love that green!

  18. Blue Creek Home says:

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

  19. Aubree @ The Weathered Cottage says:

    so cute!

  20. The Tattered Cottage says:

    Love the redo!
    Toni

  21. Terry says:

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

  22. Claudia@DipityRoad says:

    What alovely transition!

    Love the legs on this baby.

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  23. Ldy ~~ Dy says:

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

  24. Kitty Scraps says:

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

  25. Jennifer says:

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

  26. ThriftyAnnabella says:

    Very nice transformation

  27. Cheri Peoples says:

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

    Come for a visit.
    Cheri
    Its So Very Cheri

  28. Melissa Miller says:

    How beautiful! Love the green color. :)

  29. ImagineCozy says:

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

  30. Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage says:

    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!

  31. Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst says:

    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.

  32. Alicia says:

    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!

  33. Jerralea says:

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

  34. Brenda says:

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

  35. Sharlotte says:

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

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