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Monday, June 7, 2010

Sofa Table Makeover

I think it's a sofa table or maybe an aquarium table.  Whatever it is, I've decided to use it in my dining room.  

BEFORE:

AFTER:


I knew right away that I would paint it black, obviously, since I seem to paint everything black.  Once I painted it, I moved it back inside so I could live with it for awhile and see what else it needed.  It's a 90's table and you can totally tell by the rounded edges.  After I dressed it in black, it looked like an 80's table..  gross!  I thought about it and thought about it and decided that I needed to decoupage something on the top.  What though??  I didn't want seams from individual scrapbook papers.  Maybe wrapping paper?  I went to Hobby Lobby to get some French-y accessories to go with a French-y framed print that I was planning to sit on top.  I found some awesome plates (one harlequin!) for 5 buckaroos and then I went back to the wrapping section to see what kind of wrapping papers they had and holy moly....  they had harlequin wrapping paper too!!!

I brought my goodies home and got to work.  First, I measured and cut the sheet of wrapping paper I needed.  Next, I used this method to decoupage.  One thing I learned from trying to do such a large sheet of paper is that I should have asked Charles for help.  I was never able to get the paper centered on the table and I had a couple of rips.  You can't really tell that the paper isn't centered with stuff sitting on it and the rips kind of add to the look I was going for.  This thing also had at least 100 air bubbles!  I'm not kidding.  I ended up taking a pin and poking holes in the black diamonds to release the air. 

Once the paper dried, I put 2 coats of Mod Podge on and then sanded the top a little.  Next, I added some strong instant coffee to a little Polycrylic and brushed that on to age the paper.

My last step was to add a drawer pull on the front to kind of bling it out a little.  I wanted to do three pulls, Charles said it wouldn't look right with three because there aren't any drawers, but he doesn't like the table anyway so I don't really care what he says about it.  :-)    I'll be adding two more pulls this week.

Linking to:
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping it Simple
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Make it Yours Day @ My Backyard Eden  
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking
Creative Therapy @ Life in the Pitts  
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage 
Show Off Your Stuff @ Fireflies & Jellybeans 
Furniture Feature Friday @ Mustard Seed Creations
Frugalicious Friday@ Finding Fabulous  
Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge
Whatever Goes Weds @ Someday Crafts  
Hooking up With HOH @ House of Hepworths
Sundae Scoop @ i heart naptime  
Trash to Treasure Tuesday @ Reinvented
Style Feature Sat @ Perfectly Imperfect  
Creative Chick Parade - Day Three

32 crafty peeps said:

  1. wow...definately a transformation! The before reminds me of the furniture from Weekend at Bernies. Thanks for your comment the other day. I'm happy to be a follower of your blog :)

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  2. Amazing makeover! This piece went from Plain Jane to FAB. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. The black paint and the harlequin print paper is great on it, you totally saved the table from "ugh" dated to stylin'. :)

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  4. I loooooovee it! I wish I was that creative :(

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  5. Wow what a transformation!!! It looks great now!

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  6. You did a great job on that. I can't believe it is the same table. Looks great. Amazing:-)

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  7. It looks great! Love the black and white diamond pattern!

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  8. No more hiding that table behind a sofa! It's time to come out and play : ) Looks great!!

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  9. I think what I need is for you to come to my house for a few days and give me some ideas for my living room :)

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  10. Gorgeous. I love the painted look!

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  11. Great job on the table from a fellow South Carolinian.

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  12. Dang look at that! Talk about a fantastic redo!

    Thank you for participating the Creative Therapy session at Life in the Pitts!

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  13. I love harlequin...I neeeeed that paper. I live in the middle of nowhere! It's so hard to find craft supplies around here. I think I need a trip south!

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  14. Oh...I forgot to tell you I love the table!

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  15. Great color choice. Love the black. It really pops in the room now.

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  16. It looks amazing! I love the paper that you used!

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  17. This project made me heart go pitter pat. Well done.

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  18. That took some real patience to do and well worth it. A plain piece turned into a work of art!
    Hey! I found a link to your blog (and mine too!) on a RUSSIAN website. I’m sending the site and I also translated it with Babelfish translator. Thought you might get a kick out of this. Too funny!
    http://pegaskosmos.blogspot.com/

    http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_url?doit=done&tt=url&intl=1&fr=bf-home&trurl=http%3A%2F%2Fpegaskosmos.blogspot.com%2F&lp=ru_en&btnTrUrl=Translate

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  19. Oh my gosh I LOVE it!!!!!! Great job!

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  20. Oh my gracious Kristi! It's gorgeous! I've been eyeing those same plates al HL for months! You did a great job! I love it!

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  21. This is a really great redo. I think we'll feature you next week. Very nice style.

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  22. Wow, I saw this on Peppertowne and wanted to tell you what a phenomenal job you did with this table. Absolutely awesome!

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  23. So cute! And I love the plates. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. It looks great! DEFINITELY an updated look!! Thank you so much for sharing it at Style Feature Saturday! -shaunna :)

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  25. Found you at Girl Inspired... Love the table, and the fact that you got a matching plate!! I'm going to be doing my first piece of black furniture this week. Hope it turns out as nice as your piece did. I'm going to take some time to go through your Blog. I've joined up to be a "follower"... hope you'll stop by my blog and do the same!!! Thanks for the posting!!

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  26. Awesome re-do! It looks a million times better! I swear I've seen that exact table a hundred times and always thought "yuck!" but you made it fab! TFS!

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  27. Just found your site and I love it! and What an amazing job you did, it's just beautiful! thanks for sharing
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