Thursday, September 2, 2010

Simple Side Table

So, about that cute little side table I bought at Ikea. I bought it because it was inexpensive and I had the perfect idea for what to do with it.







I used a poster that I have carried around since college. I used to love (and still do) these old advertising posters. I had a few different ones hanging up in my room in college but don't have any hanging in our house now. I had to make some compromises when the hubs and I moved in together. ;)



So to I decided to use my new table to incorporate one of my old posters into our new home. I started by painting it red and then Mod Podging the Cat Poster on the top. I finished it off by covering it with this:



EnviroTex makes a thick clear coat that is almost indestructible. The box says it's like 50 coats of poly urethane. I like the look it gives a finished project. I've used it once before and have learned several things. 
1. Use it outside because it's messy
2. Don't do it on a windy day. It takes a long time to dry and dust and leaves will get stuck in it.
3. You don't need that much to cover your surface

So, here's the finished product:






So to review:

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I'm not sure where I'm going to put it yet since most of the colors in our house are earth tones. It'll just hang out in the sun room for a while until I decide on a home for it.


35 comments:

Doreen said...

I love your side table - great way to use a beautiful poster, especially when one runs out of wall space.

Lori said...

I love it! But I have a question: how did you prevent the poly from running off the sides of the table? I've always wanted to try it.

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

I love how you adapted your table from Ikea! What a fun project. I can't believe you had such restraint there, I usually leave with a lot more...saw your previous post too☺

becky said...

What a beautiful table, very creative way to use a treasured item!

Cristie said...

Oh I really like your table....I have one just like it, except I got it at a yard sale. Thanks for sharing!

RACKS and Mooby said...

That is one of my favorite posters too - if only I had spare wall space for it... But I guess you've solved that problem! GREAT idea - love how the table turned out. Nice job!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so cute! this was one of my favorite posters when i was in college. you are bringing back fond memories!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Great job! I'm like you. I love those posters!

Alida L. said...

This is very creative! I might try this with a Jaws poster for my son's room!

Debbie said...

Awesome idea. I remember this poster when it was really popular. Great way to repurpose. Thanks for joining me, as always a great visit.

Melissa said...

It looks great!!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Great job! Love the color!

Laura said...

This turned out super cute!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your table turned out great-enjoy!

A 2 Z said...

I just moved my daughter into her new dorm and she had quite a few great posters as well LOL I love your idea of the table. I looks great. Thanks for being creative, some of us cant think outside the box.

Anne-Marie

Revamped French Maison said...

Your creation is super duper Caa-ute!

I love that poster too. I also have a thing for prints done in that style. Last year I saw a painting done by a local artist where he'd painted a cat that looked very similar to the one in your poster. Wonder if he got the idea from that?

Where ever you put that table I'm certian it will spark many ooos and ahhhs, and people will be just pea green with envy. :)

Blessings,
Shanna
www.revampedfrenchmaison.com

The American Homemaker said...

That is so cool!

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Hi! Found you through It's so very cheri. I'm a big fan of Ikea and have not seen that table...now I have a reason to go back :-) I like how the red looks with the black and gold...maybe you could use it to hold you bowl of Halloween candy? The colors seem fallish (making up words) to me. Oh and thanks for the envirotex tips...now I'm not so intimidated.

Suesan said...

I love the table. It will add a nice pop of color where ever you decide to use it.

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TheCraftInMe said...

The poster looks perfect on the table! I've been meaning to try that pour on gloss.

BigSis LilSis said...

Great job! I am hopping over from Mad Skills Monday and would love it if you would come by my blog too and let me know what you think :)

Kaysi said...

So cute!

Dena said...

Oh that came out adorable! I love it!

Dena

sheila said...

I love what you have done with the poster and the table! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mally said...

Such a cute idea. Love the red.

Jenglamgirl said...

love LOVE LOVE it! Great job. Jen

Mrs.B said...

I am so going to try this! LOVE your table!

Cranberry Morning said...

Hi. I'm visiting from Girl Creative Party Blog Hop. :-) Your table is the first that caught my eye. I love it! If by earth tones you mean browns and tans, I'd put that table in that room to be a great accent. It would be a spot of cheer, and it's so cute. What a great idea!

Ginger said...

Neat! Love this! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Kelly @ Lucy's Daughter said...

What an awesome idea! Love it!

Meg said...

It's very cute! I love the poster. Great idea...!

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Patti said...

great way to preserve something that you love!! Well done

Gale said...

Great idea! And love your taste in posters!

Nikki said...

AWESOME!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Julie said...

Cute idea :)