The one handed end table makeover

Hi Friends!!

I am here to share my next project!

"...But wait," you say, "Don't you have a broken hand?"

Why yes...yes I do!!

Something else you should know is how stubborn I am....

MyLove2Create,end table makeover
I was DYING to do a project, and my left arm is getting pretty buff...why not try?
MyLove2Create,end table makeover
I got this little cutie off the side of the road for free at our city spring clean up.  The bottom left drawer was broken, you can see where I glued it back together.  The top was scratched up too, but otherwise it is a high quality piece.  I didn't have room for it...but it needed some love, so home it came.
MyLove2Create,end table makeover
I am still out of stripper so I tried sanding, with one hand, and it was like cutting through butter!  S0 much better than my Desk and Hutch makeover!
MyLove2Create,end table makeover
After sanding I used the last of my Rusteloum dark walnut stain.  Notice that I sanded all the edges and stained them too, that is so I will have the dark distressed edges.  It was super hot and the stain dried really fast.  I was so tired wiping off the stain, I thought my left arm was going to fall off!
MyLove2Create,end table makeover
And, in case you were wondering...this is how you remove drawer pulls, with one hand.  Photo by my newly turned six year old daughter. (please ignore the new flabby right arm, it is amazing what a week and a half of "no use" will do to muscle!)
MyLove2Create,end table makeover
I was feeling daring and went for a risky color, instead of a neutral white, cream or gray.  I actually mixed it and I really like it.  It does look better in person though, I would call it a mustard yellow kind of color.
MyLove2Create,end table makeover
Since I didn't want to mess with drilling (I don't trust my left hand THAT much) I just used the same knobs, and spray painted them with oil rubbed bronze.
MyLove2Create,end table makeover
I finished it off with three coats of poly.
MyLove2Create,end table makeover
It turned out pretty cute!
MyLove2Create,end table makeover
I did have my son help me move it around, but other than that I did the whole thing one handed!
MyLove2Create, end table makeover

Not bad eh?
MyLove2Create,end table makeover
I always love a good free face lift, now this little gal gets a new life!

Happy day!
Mindi

I will be linking to these parties.

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34 comments

  1. I love it - what a beautiful yellow shade -
    And although I don't have a cast - I can SO get having to work one handed ( or in my case one armed - my hand works fine - but one arm has been rendered useless for some reason - pulled a muscle I think - I hope )
    Have a wonderful wknd!
    Hugs,

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  2. Okay, girl..you are seriously talented if you did all that with one hand! Looks fabulous!

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  3. Mindi, you are my hero! :) Not only did you score another FREE furniture piece, you transformed it one handed! Impressive! Very beautiful transformation. :D

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  4. That turned out soooooo nice!!! I am impressed... :) You are amazing!!!

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  5. Lovely table makeover. I just love the mustard and brown colors together. I am pinning this project. Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. One handed! You go girl! Love the transformation. If you get a chance, please link up to my Linky Party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/07/sunday-linky-17.html

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  7. You are too funny and very talented esp. with one arm!! It turned out so cute!! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!!

    Krys @thet2women.com and www.worshipingwhilewaiting.com

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  8. That's beautiful! My end tables are in need of a makeover and now I have the perfect place to start.

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  9. Not bad?!?!?! Ha! You are too funny!!! The fact that you rocked this out one handed completely blows my mind! And the yellow is too perfect...too perfect indeed!!! This is fantastic!!! I need to find a piece like this for my girls room!!! Great work..and you so do not have any flab on that arm!!! You take care...don't work too hard!!!!

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  10. Okay, I'm impressed. Not only did you do this one handed but you created a beautiful new colour. I love it! What kind of Poly do you use? The finish looks great and I have to admit, I struggle with this step!

    Thanks for posting on the Suburbs Mama Link Party! I'm # 21 and I am currently refinishing the top with a stain and poly. Wish me luck :)

    Crystal

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  11. Love the color combo - free stuff is always fun to up cycle!

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  12. That turned out to be a beauty! You did an amazing job, one arm and all!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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  13. You are a girl after my own heart. What? need two legs to walk? Two hands to sand? Someone else might..... Great little project. Kudos.

    La Verne@hopeandsalvage.com

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  14. Seriously!! One handed?? Wow is all I can say, LOL. Great job, I love the yellow color. I also love the stained tops on painted pieces and this one turned out great! I would love it if you shared this on my blog party this week :-)
    Shawna

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  15. Awesome makeover! You are a rock star with your one arm. :) Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods!

    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

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  16. Newest follower here! This turned out amazing! I love that you didn't go with a typical color! I like to be risky and try different colors too!

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  17. Love it! I'd have given up with one arm! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!

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  18. Beautiful. I love the colour and can't believe you did that one-handed.

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  19. That is the cutest table ever - I can't believe someone was throwing it out! I love the colors you chose for it, too - and I can't believe you did all of that with a broken hand. Thanks so much for sharing your project!

    Kim @ {enjoy the view}

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  20. I love this project! I would love it if you would come and link this up at my link party
    Dandelion Wishes Wednesday

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  21. Great make-over. So sorry about your broken hand. You did better with one hand broken than most of us do with two healthy hands : )

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  22. Sheesh you are one amazing gal!! One handed bandit! The table looks gorgeous..love the soft yellow color! Come link up your post at my party Centerpiece Wednesday http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/07/centerpiece-wednesday-85-and-wrap-up.html
    Karin

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  23. Hi there! I am co-hosting this week on the Wondering Brain Show Off Weekend Blog Party. Thanks for sharing your creations with us! I hope you found inspiration in all of the terrific posts.

    I host a (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop and a TGIF Link Party at my place -- A Peek Into My Paradise... http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/ I would love for you to link up and follow (if you don't already) if you like what you see. =) I follow back - I love making new friends!

    I can't wait to see what you link up next week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  24. This is Beautiful I love the yellow!!! I would love for you to come link up at my paint party going on now!
    http://startathome.blogspot.com/2013/07/paint-party-7.html
    brooke
    startathome.blogspot.com

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  25. I love it and I'm so impressed that you did it one handed!! It's amazing how you can't even tell that the drawer was broken at all.

    Carmen
    www.thetriplebs.com

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  26. I can hardly believe you did that one handed! It is gorgeous! So sorry to hear about your hand (just read your snack crate post...which is brilliant by the way). Love your determination to not let a setback stop you! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  27. You were featured at my Weekend Beautiful Blog Party this week! Thanks for linking up!! Stop by and grab a button :-)
    Have a great day!
    Shawna

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  28. I can't believe you did this one handed! Holy cow. You rock! We just featured this end table on our Super Saturday Link Party! Come link up some more great ideas! We'd love to have you share again at http://bakerette.com/3-super-saturday-link-party/! You have some uh-mazing stuff!

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  29. Mindi!! You did a great job even one handed. I love the color.

    xoxo
    Denyse
    glitterglueandpaint@gmail.com

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  30. Amazing transformation Mindi! I love the new look of this little table. I can see you are a stubborn diy'er!

    take care of that left hand!

    gail

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