One thing's for sure--my home is a hodpodge of new things, used things, handmade things, and store-bought things. In May, I'll celebrate 10 years of marriage and I must say that my style has morphed and evolved over this past decade--and I can only imagine that the cycle will continue. With that understanding, I really don't put a whole lot of money into a lot of the smaller pieces of furniture that I buy. All of our end tables are thrift store finds, and as you know, thrift store finds often come with their own... character. (Read: flaws, nicks, dents, scratches.)
I'm grateful to buy things that have been pre-loved, because then I don't feel the pressure of perfection. It's a nice burden to be free of.
The table topper I crocheted (last year) covers a cute little cast-off end table that I bought at Goodwill for $13.50. It was a Target reject (still had the Target label attached) that has one tiny flaw in the veneer on the table top. A vase of faux flowers has covered the flaw for a few years, but last year I made a puff stitch table topper, mostly because I just LOVE little puff stitches.
I started with these instructions as the first rounds, and just kept going--increasing appropriately, of course. So, yeah, pretty easy, and it was made only using yarn I had on hand. It's all Lion Brand Vanna's Choice, in case you're curious.
I'm sure I should add some more details or some funny anecdote to end this post, but it's Spring Break and my eldest just woke from a nap--so, I'm checking out! Go forth and crochet!