Remember the little table from last week? Well she now has a fresh new look. This was a project that I wanted to include in a guest post I did for Jane over at Finding Fabulous in mid-August, but I got sick and could not finish it or the post. Jane fabulously saved the day by editing what I had completed up until then. xo to Jane. I have had some extra time on my hands and got it completed a bit differently then I has originally planned. To transform my table I didn’t use any paint, just gift-wrap that I found at Kate’s Paperie while I was up in NYC last week. If you have never been, it is a fun place to find all things paper. There are 5 stores in Manhattan. I went to the one on 57th street, between 6th and 7th ave.
Not only is my little table bright and cheery now, but with the addition of a thrift store tray she is super functional, too. We used to have to worry that drink glasses would leave rings on the dark wood and she always looked dirty as every spec of dust showed, even after cleaning with a microfiber cloth. Not anymore!
Here is my small round table that I bought at the store where I work for $22.00. She is modern looking and on wheels. Wheeee… which I love. I would like to have all my furniture on wheels if possible, it just makes for easier moving and flexibility.
I used sheets of gift wrap that I found at Kate’s Paperie . It is called Hatch No. 1648. I loved it when I saw it, but they didn’t have enough sheets so I went online to Snow & Graham who actually make the paper to get more. Each sheet is $3.25. I needed 5 sheets as I wanted to weave strips of it to provide some texture. If I just placed the paper flat onto the table I would have needed less.
The tray is the perfect way for me to bring in drinks and food into the family room. When not in use, it looks like a part of the table. I looked into the cost of having round glass cut to size for the top and bottom, but it was over $100 to have custom glass cut, so I opted to seal the paper with Mod Podge instead.
I measured the side thickness of the wood table top and cut lots of strips from the gift wrap to that measurement. I then wove the strips together. Remember when you went to summer camp and you made woven pot holders – same concept but using paper strips and pins on my work table instead of a little loom. Place the printed side of the gift wrap down when weaving.
Once I had a big enough woven section I spray glued on a piece of craft paper the diameter of the table so it would be easy to move. Flip it over and make sure everything is smooth and flat. Find the correct placement for it on the table and mark if needed. Remove
Spray glue evenly over table top and then center and carefully place woven gift-wrap on table. Having the craft paper base makes it pretty easy.
Glue the strips that go over the side to the side of the wood top. Make sure they are smooth. Cut if necessary to get each piece to lay flat. Once it is all smooth. Glue one long strip over the wrapped edge for a finished look. I then covered the paper with 3 coats of matte Mod Podge to seal it.
I used the scraps of the gift wrap and cut them into small squares and then used Mod Podge to attach them to the tray. I originally painted the tray, but that is not necessary. I also sealed the gift-wrap on the tray with 3 coats of Mod Podge. I spray glued a round piece of felt to the bottom of the tray to provide a barrier between the two Mod Podge surfaces.
The tray adds so much functionality to my table now - I love it! When I get finished with the rest of my family room,(which may take awhile as I have to go back to work tomorrow after being home on medical leave for the past month) this little table is going to look perfect. I am determined to get it all done – you can follow my progress. My plan is to have it all done by Thanksgiving. In my next post I am planning on having a giveaway that you won’t want to miss. Be back then-