Southern Living

With just a few tips and tricks, it's easy to turn a dated thrift store find into a polished statement piece. We found this old TV tray that looks like it's from the late 60s or early 70s – and it's going to be a great base for a new-to-you, stylish side table. Don't let a DIY re-do like this quick project intimidate you; it takes only a few coats of paint and some tools to bring new life to your finds. On this table, the first thing you'll need to do is remove the aluminum top. Next, paint the legs with a metallic spray paint that matches the decor of your room. Using a metallic paint, as opposed to a flat color, adds an extra layer of shine and upscale appeal to your DIY. For the tabletop on this thrift store find, we've use an acrylic box top. Start by placing the L-brackets on the corners of the acrylic top. Mark your holes, then drill. After you've screwed in the brackets, place the acrylic top on top of the legs. Slide the feet apart, and manuever each foot so that it sits just inside each corner set of screws. Here's a new living room piece to jazz up your decor, and you can pull this project together for less than $30. What a steal!

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