I Rolled the Dice on This $5 Find!

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3 Hours
Most would think this vintage side table was ready to retire, but being "Junk Drunk", I had to roll the dice and re purpose this $5 find into something fabulous!
First I sanded the whole piece down.
I needed the opening to be a couple inches bigger. I used my jigsaw and took an inch from each inside end. I painted the top black and distressed it. The bottom got a coat of classic gray stain.
I was given a nice backgammon game that came in it's own case, so I took off all the hardware and set it into the center of the table. As you can see in the first picture, the table already had cross pieces, and they hold the game in place. I used decorative vintage metal pieces on each top corner and added vintage drawer pulls on either end.
I attached the Shaking cups on either side with industrial Velcro.
For a dual purpose, just add a piece of glass on top and it becomes a great side table! This whole project only took about 3 hours and most of that time was waiting for the paint and stain to dry! Thanks for lookin' :)
I have some fun and EXCITING news!! This is Lee Tannen. He was very good friends with Lucille Ball towards the latter half of her life/career. He is the author and playwright of the book and play "I Loved Lucy" His play has just finished in London and will be performed in NYC in July. ANYWAY, He and Lucy used to play backgammon at her house all the time and she would tell him stories of her life etc...and here's the news. We spoke on the phone today and he purchased this backgammon table for his production in July! HOW COOL IS THAT!! HEHEHEhehehheheh!!!
Suggested materials:
  • Side table   (Yard sale $5.00)
  • Backgammon game   (This was given to me, but you can find them at most thrift stores!)
  • Decorative metal accents/pulls   (Thrift store $3.00)
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