Colleen’s Awesome Birthday Present


PHOTO1_ColleenThis is my sister, Colleen.

She is the greatest sister a girl could ever ask for, a wonderful mother to her three babies and my best friend in the entire world.

She is also incredibly challenging when it comes to finding the perfect birthday present for her.

This is our grandmother’s table.


It was a beauty in its day, but somehow ended up in my basement a little banged up and very dusty.

PHOTO3_kiddosThese are my sister’s babies.

(Did I say she only has three? Technically, the big boy on the end belongs to me. However, he thinks he is one of Colleen’s babies because he has so much fun playing at her house and she loves him like one of her own. She’s an awesome aunt too!)

This is how I transformed Grandma’s table into the perfect birthday present for Colleen.

First, I painted the table black with blue legs to match Colleen’s decor. (Don’t freak out! Our Grandma totally would love it!)

Next, came the fun part…

Our dad took a great photograph of the children on Father’s Day. (Do you know how hard it is to get four children under the age of 4 to all sit still AND look at the camera at the same time?!) I had the photo enlarged.  Then I cut around their little heads and applied the photo to the tabletop with Mod Podge.


After the Mod Podge dried, I sealed the table to protect it from grubby little fingerprints and give it a nice shine.

This is Colleen’s Awesome Birthday Present!


I absolutely love how this table turned out. Colleen loved it too. And our mom loved it so much, now she wants one for Christmas!


~ Courtney

All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia (about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C.) We sell hand-painted furniture, several lines of paint for your next DIY project and offer painting classes and workshops. Please stop by the next time you are in town!

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