Found this laminate wood table at http://www.theestatesale.org for I think $25. The top was ugly but the legs were real wood and pretty cool. So if you didn’t know, laminate is the type of wood that you remember from school desks. … Continue reading →
I bought this cute little desk from a garage sale for $10. In great shape but the colors were dated and the knobs didn’t match.
First, I removed the knobs and bought 4 faux glass knobs from Home Depot, $1.99 a piece. Then, I sanded down the piece with my Ryobi sander and white washed this piece for a shabby chic look. To white wash, I use two parts paint and 1 part water. Make sure your brush stays dry and only apply a small amount of paint at a time by swiping the strokes back and forth.
The top of this piece was a glossy formica that wouldn’t take paint and would take too long too sand off. I wanted a quick fix so I grabbed a roll of houndstooth wrapping paper and a jar of modge podge. Once you are finished painting the piece, apply a small layer of modge podge directly on the top of the furniture piece. Then unroll the wrapping paper onto the table top smoothing out all the air bubbles. Once you are satisfied with it’s placement, cut off the excess paper around the edges with scissors and apply another thin layer of mod podge on top of the wrapped table top. Make sure to wipe off the sides and under the overhang with a wet cloth and allow the piece to dry overnight or until it isn’t tacky to the touch.
After the top of the table dries, touch up any areas where the mod podge can be visibly noticed. Screw the knobs back on and Voila! The $10 desk looks fashionable and new again!
P.S. the insides of the desk were pretty clean so I used some drawer liner papers from the dollar store and lined the insides of the drawers and used a grey paint to accent the indentations!
First, I sanded the table and re-enforced the legs with a screw directly on top of the table, I knew that I would be covering it up with fabric. Paint with a primer and then a color.
Next measure and cut the fabric you are going to use to cover the table. Paint a layer of Mod Podge and then lay the fabric on top allowing it to dry. This will ensure that your fabric will stay put when coating it with resin. I have seen other DIY-ers coat the fabric with Mod Podge and don’t give it the resin coat. In this case the table had a dip in the wood and I wanted to even it out so drinks didn’t spill when I used it.
Mod Podge is great for furniture projects.
After the mod podge dries, the last step is to epoxy the table.
I purchased this kit from Home Depot, follow the instructions making sure to only work on your project in a ventilated area. The epoxy/resin has a powerful chemical smell. It’s also important to let the project dry in a clean, bug and dust free area. It takes 24 hours to dry and if a fly lands in your epoxy, it may ruin the project. In the picture above you can see a dog hair landed and will forever be in the epoxy coat.
Something else to note, Because I chose a grey and white duck cloth fabric, the paint shows through the fabric after the epoxy was added. I couldn’t tell this was the case with just the Mod Podge layer. Make sure that if you are using a light colored fabric to paint the area you are covering carefully. Because I happen to like the effect of the under paint has on the table, I don’t mind, but I would be upset if I was surprised with this after all my hard work.