Outdoor Table Makeover DIY ~ Emoji Table ~ Garbage to Gorgeous® Episode #19 ~ Craft Klatch

Learn how to do this DIY Emoji table makeover. I found this table in the trash and wanted to give it a fun new look…it is a total transformation!

It’s always fun to redo furniture and give it a new life. I found this dirty, rusty table on the side of the road..actually, I found it at the end of my neighbor’s driveway. My neighbor threw it away and snuck out (under the cover of darkness) and snagged it!

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So Many Projects!

I’m going to get to the step by step for the emoji table makeover in a minute, but if emojis aren’t your thing, don’t worry, I have plenty of other projects you will love!

Here is a quick Video Tutorial to see exactly how I made it:

Supplies You Will Need

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1. Take the table apart.

Take table apart by removing glass top for the table makeover

2. Scrape off any loose paint.

Scrape off loose paint to prepare it for the table makeover

3. Follow up with a wire brush to make sure you have all the loose paint off. This is an important step because if you don’t remove all of the loose old paint, the new paint will flake off.

Use a wire brush to finish removing loose paint

4. Wash it and dry it.

Clean table with soap and water

5.  Use a rust reformer if necessary. Because there was rust, I used a rust reformer to neutralize the rust. Hopefully, this will prevent anymore rust from forming under the paint.

 Spray with rust reformer to neutralize the rust

6. Paint the glass yellow. I went with a nice bright emoji yellow. It reminds me of the surface of the sun.

Spray glass top with yellow spray paint

7. Paint the frame black.

Spray table frame with black spray paint

8. When everything is dry, put it back together.

 Put the table back together

9. Use a cutting machine to cut out the face image, in different color vinyls. I used my Cricut. Any cutting machine would work. You could also use a craft knife and cut out the features by hand. It would take more time and effort, but would totally work!

Cut out facial features with Cricut cutting machine

10. Apply the vinyl pieces to the table. Use transfer tape if you need to.

Put on the vinyl emoji facial features

I chose to apply the vinyl to the top of the table. I did this for two reasons:

  1. First, the vinyl is very durable and will last a long time. It can withstand water and regular use. Should it start to peel, just cut a new one.
  2. Second (and this is the biggie), you can change it whenever you want! Maybe you want to change it with the seasons or for the holidays. Maybe it starts out in the family room with a happy face. Then, it moves to a bedroom and a sleepy face might be more fitting! You can change it as the mood moves you! Yes you can put it under the glass and then paint, if you want it to be permanent.

Here it is!  It’s a fun look and perfect for a number of different uses.

The top of the emoji makeover table all finished

Here is a side by side before and after!

Emoji table makeover before and after

I hope you like it!

Emoji Furniture and Home Decor Alternatives

I realize not everyone is going to run out and make an emoji table, but really, who doesn’t appreciate a well placed emoji? Here are some fun emoji home decor alternatives to brighten you life!

Remember:  Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!


2 thoughts on “Outdoor Table Makeover DIY ~ Emoji Table ~ Garbage to Gorgeous® Episode #19 ~ Craft Klatch”

  1. OMG!! My daughter just flipped out over this table. I don't have a cutting machine tho. Could you buy the vinyls somewhere? Could you seal the top of the table to protect the vinyls forever? She said that's how long she wants it lol. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Could you adhere the vinyl pieces to the underside before you painted it? It would seem that would alleviate the need to seal the side you will be using and better protect it.


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