Wednesday, July 21, 2010

End Table Redo

In our house we have a sunroom. It used to be just a place for me to fold laundry and watch TV. But since Con-Man was born, we have been using the sunroom for our guest room. Most of the furniture in there is a mix of leftovers that didn't fit else where in our house. Like these end tables I found on the curb:


(Sorry about the bad picture quality! I lost the charger for my new camera and have been using my old one...)

I like the style of the tables, kind of retro modern. But the finish on each is pretty bad, Cheap wood laminate. I never thought anyone would really see them but me, but we've been having a lot of company over lately and have some more coming this weekend. So I decided it's time for a little sprucing up. 

I thought a pattern on top of the tables would be a nice look. This technique didn't take me very long, just 2-3 hours for the whole project.



I really liked the pattern on this image I found on the internet. 


I enlarged it on Photoshop.



Then cut the shapes out with an Exacto Knife. This took me the longest. I knew choosing a complicated pattern would take more time but I liked it. (Ugh my camera is horrible!)



I did then a light sanding so the paint would adhere better.



Next I painted the tops of the tables with some leftover paint I had. 



I matched up the templates and taped them down to the table. For a really clean look contact paper would have worked better, but then I would have had to cut the shapes out twice since my printer won't print on contact paper. 

Then I went to work with the spray paint! I used Rustoleum Heirloom White.





I think they turned out pretty cute! Not bad for finding them on the street, all this project cost me was $4 for spray paint!


Here they are in the sunroom.


Next project has to be recovering those pillows that came with the couch. Can you see them in the corner of the pic? They're pretty blah.

Linking here

56 comments:

Kindra said...

What a great makeover! Love how you made your own stencil. :)

becky said...

What a wonderful find! It's so amazing the creativity that can make someone's garbage another one's treasure! Great job!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

You made yourself a very special table. It is truly eye-catching, unique, a piece of art, as well as a table. I would hesitate to even set anything on it - I wouldn't want to cover it up. Beautifully done!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

WOW! You can beat that deal!!! I LOVE the pattern and the colors you used.

Karie said...

The tables are cute. I love the pattern you used for the design. I think I will try something like that. . . thanks for sharing.
karie @karieschiccreations

Nikki said...

Cute! Love the pattern!! Thanks for linking this to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

elyse said...

those are adorable! maybe i will do this with my bedside table that has been every color under the sun. cute stencil too!

Kim said...

Wow, I gotta say those were ugly before, but you have restored them to very up-to-date tables.

Alison said...

This turned out so incredibly FABULOUS!!! I love that pattern... and with all that cutting with the exacto knife, this was definitely a labor of love! Thanks for sharing!

~Alison
http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/

randi said...

GREAT GREAT GREAT !!

I usually sell my furniture & knicks on my site, but this is a great idea to up-KEEP!

does anybody know where she got the pattern from ???

randi said...

...and is that REGULAR PAPER she used to print it on?? HEEEEEEELP

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Hi Randi! Just saw your comments. I did print on regular 8.5 x 11 paper. I found the image online here-http://www.rettaleritz.com/Details.php?ID=93
I saved it then enlarged it on the computer. Then cut the shapes out. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Chic Creations said...

Hi Rachelle, You commented on my quatrefoil design stool, I cut out the template, then I traced the outline on my stool. I didn't use spray paint. I did it all by hand. It was time comsumming, but so worth it, because the lines are so clean and even. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on the stool. Karie

Christine said...

Those came out terrific. It's so funny because I have two tables with the same exact shape, and I had no idea (until now ;)) how to renew them. Great idea!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Great project! I think those tables are a great shape, and I love the technique you used! Nice job!

Beck's Chic Life said...

Cute project, and I love that it was completed so cheaply! Good job!

P. said...

That is fabulous! I just saw a table like this at Goodwill and I liked it but wondered what on earth I would do with it. What a great idea, and it turned out so nice!

The Harris Family said...

So pretty. I just found a table like this and I think I am going to borrow your pattern idea. Thanks for the inspiration!!!
-Crystal
crystalscraftspot.com

Miri said...

Great make over! I love the shape of these tables and now that you've prettied them up they are really super.

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Wow, these look wonderful!
Thank you for sharing~
Have a good day!
Leticia
www.msbinglesvintagechristmas.com

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Those turned out beautiful! You did a fantastic job making them over! Great job!! :)

Mal Pal said...

I have some like this too that are stashed in my attic. Guess I'll be bringing them down and have a re-do. Thanks Rachelle

Coloradolady said...

Great job! Have a great VTT!

Vonlipi said...

Very creative! You gave a new life to these old castoffs, congrats!

Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

totally cute!

brandi @ tales of a domestic goddess said...

i thought you had used mod podge!! great job on the stencil. i have a similar ugly table like this but i haven't decided what to do with it yet!!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a fun table! I love the stencil!

Nicole@Whimsy-Lane said...

So cute! Well worth the time to create the stencil!

Debbie said...

Uh yes pretty darn good for finding them on the street!!~ My Grandmother had table like that...wish I still had them. You made them look very fresh and mod...I love the color too. Thanks for joining in on my party. Debbie

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Wow! They look fabulous.

You must be so patient; I don't think I could ever cut all of those shapes out!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Great makeover! I saw a ton of tables like that when I was looking for an end table for our living room! I love what you did with it. They look very modern now!

Jen T said...

They look so pretty and I totally admire your dedication to making that stencil!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Rachelle...

Wow...I love your end table makeover! They turned out sooo pretty! I love the pretty design that you stenciled and spray painted on the tops! I bet they really add to the design of your sun room/guest room! Can't wait to see what you did with those sofa pillows...hmmm, maybe another Sunday Favorites post?

Sure did enjoy having you for Sunday Favorites this week, my friend! I hope that you'll join us again!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Anna said...

Very cute, great project.

Pam said...

I adore those end tables. I can't believe you cut that stencil out with an exacto knife. That's almost as amazing as the finished project. Great job!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

That is fabulous!!!

decdiva1 said...

those turned out super cute! you must have some patience to cut all that out! great job!

Lori said...

Great job... They turned out great..

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori!

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Rachelle-
Wow what a make over! You took tables from the 1960's and brought them beautifully into the 21st century! Your efforts were truly worth it.
My best - Diane

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

These are so cute and updated now. The stencil looks hard to cut out. You did such a great job!

Michelle said...

Fabulous job...wow, that's quite a transformation!!!

Have a great day!
~Michelle :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

LOVE this makeover!!! i love the look of the stencil, and it fits the style of the table so well. awesome makeover!

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

Wow!! That was a ton of work to cut that pattern out. But the tables turned out amazing!!! I really like them a lot!

Thanks for linking up!

Allison said...

This is awesome! But I don't think I would have the patience for cutting out ALL of that. But the end result is fabulous! Great job!

Visiting from CSI.

billiemonster said...

Hello. I saw you over at One Pretty Thing. I have a table just like this sitting in my hallway waiting for some attention! Thanks for the inspiration. :o)

Meg I am..... said...

Visiting from I love naptime - what a great project!! Love the pattern and color choices!

http://megschmitt-neveradullday.blogspot.com/

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

DARLING love the stencil and the color. Great job. Going to share this on my C.O.M. FB page. winks-jen

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I simply cannot fathom cutting each of those out -- holy cow! What a work of art -- simply amazing and the color is absolutely perfect!

Nancy said...

What a great job you did-cutting your own stencils and everything! I love these tables. They remind me of ones in our home when I was a kid. They are called step tables and they are on the list for my husband to build. I haven't been able to find any used ones around where I live.

Rachel said...

Wow, they look incredible! I can't believe you cut your own stencil with an exacto knife . . . THAT is dedication ;-) Nice job, they are lovely!

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

Atticmag said...

The tables look fresh and perfect for a sun room. The stencil worked its magic well. Hope you'll stop by and see my new curtain. Jane

Maria Matter said...

omgosh, what a great look! love it!

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

wow LOVE this! cute pattern. saw you on house of hepworths.

new follower!
kathryn
www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

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SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Yay! you came :) Rachelle, thank you so much for coming and linking up :) Really appreciate your participation.

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