Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Three Tables, Three Ways

A while back I found a steal of a deal at one of my local Good Will stores.  THREE tables for under $35!  All different sizes and uses.  I was really only looking for a small table to set up in my girls' new and improved playroom (Playroom/loft makeover post coming soon!).  And there it was!


Someone had tried a "fun" stucco/crocodile texture (strange comparison I know, but I still can't figure out their reason for adding it or what they were trying to achieve---we've all had those crazy ideas that were much better in our heads than they turned out to be!)  I didn't want to have to do too much to it and because it is black already (which is one of the colors in the playroom) I just cleaned it and started thinking about what I should do with the top.   Because it is SO textured and has a lip all the way around sort of tray-like, I needed to do something to smooth it out.  Shopping around in my craft room (aka DIY Lori headquarters ;) ) I found some batting and  this Damask/floral vinyl in my fabric stash.  It ended up being just enough to cover the entire table top.  Phew!  No extra trips to the store and no money spent!


I used my regular staple gun and had a fairly easy time attaching it all.  Now it is a nice, soft, flat surface for my girls to color and do puzzles on.  And if they get any messies on it I can just wipe it away!  I love that kind of easy breezy cleaning!  This is such an easy project especially for upholstery beginners.

 (I used tin buckets from Ikea for markers, puzzle pieces, etc.)



And now on to table #2!  When I found this piece I thought how fun it would be as a little bookshelf for my youngest girl's bedroom.  I had one in there already that was sort of a complete fail as far as projects go, but she never cared cause she's 3. :)  Anyway this was a plain, late 80's early 90's style bookshelf...on wheels.  In fact it was probably used for a printer or something like that.  My own "wheels" were turning so I brought it home.



I sanded and cleaned it which I thought about doing more than once which I'll get to in a minute.  I stopped over at Hobby Lobby for some inspiration and decided to go with a large jar of DecoArt Designer Series acrylic paint in Spa Blue.  Why I thought I should do the sanding/cleaning phase more than once is because this paint took several coats...like...a LOT of coats, y'all.  I was so annoyed but I think I handled myself with grace under pressure (NOT.  Never happens that way. I DO, however, like the thought of keeping calm in duress...but I just don't work that way. ha.).  I let it dry after every single coat and finally it started to look like the beauty I had envisioned.  The cardboard back was less than impressive so instead of painting it I just covered it with some contact paper I had in my stash.



And here it is in my daughter's room!  Isn't it the sweetest??  Most of her room is lilac and dark pink with a pink heart duvet cover with some aqua in it, so I decided she needed another pop of that aqua color.


 It's the perfect spot for her fave little toys and flashlight too! :)  This bookshelf fits her to a tee because it's little just like her! :)



And finally....table #3.
This guy gave me some trouble when it came to creativity and necessity.  Those two don't usually go hand in hand but in my world they do.  Since I was revamping my "mud room/entry" I needed something with some purpose to help out with storage and style.  This old desk, with wheels was kinda rad and retro and I thought it would be the perfect size for what I was thinking...."thought"...ha.



Maybe paint it gold?  A bright brassy gold and add a wooden desk organizer I had bought at the city wide garage sale ---a year ago ?(yikes.  sometimes my ideas take a while to hatch).  The desk was the perfect width to set my desk organizer on and later install so it didn't flip over.  Here's the organizer shelf I am referring to:

(It has other shelves and HAD drawers but I used those in my DIY tray project for the crate table a while back.)


Back to the desk:  I painted the desk a bright brassy gold.  G.R.O.S.S.  Seriously? What was I thinking??   Maybe like that person who textured that black table it was good in my head but bad when executed.  (No picture available---I was too mad.)  Moving on.  I went back to the drawing board and attempted to sand and paint my desk organizer shelf.  Another total #FAIL.  UGH.  It was so frustrating.  I finally decided that I would paint the desk a light grey color because it went with my decor a lot better.  That color gave the desk a cool vibe which was the turning point with my bad luck.  I spray painted the desk organizer flat black cause, it's the best--here's my reasons.  Both pieces came out great, BUT....they didn't look great together.  <sigh>  SO, my desk sat in the garage for days and days as I decided what I should do with it.  I didn't want it in my mud/entry way because it served no helpful purpose and lets be honest, I had already gotten a better idea. haha...That's my brain for you!   What I started to think was, "OH I could make a drink/food cart out of it for my dining room!"  Then I was brought back down to reality when I remembered that I don't entertain much unless it's for a kid's party and I only drink wine.  Good idea, but back to the drawing board...remember I need some necessity in my creation.   A few more days crept by and in the middle of rearranging my confusing front living room I gave my grey retro desk a home, finally.







I really like the design and unique aspect of a metal desk placed vertically like an end table.
PS...the wooden desk organizer is STILL in my garage.  :(

So there you have it!  Three tables, three different designs, three different uses.  I love finding an awesome bargain and eventually they all got a great place to chill....for now.  :)    

No matter how long it takes me to implement an idea I'm usually 90% happy with what I create.    It's a process....greatness can't be rushed! ;)  Don't forget that.  Take your time and make something beautiful.

So many more cool things to come....please visit DIY Lori again soon!

~Lori

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