One of my favorite parts from the room that I’m finishing up was my little revamp of my clients nesting tables.
The tables were given to my client a while back so they were FREE! I’ve seen similar styles during my thrift store trips so I’m certain you can find some on the cheap.
I was a bad blogger and forgot to snap a before shot. They were basically just a cherry stain wood. So I roughed up the wood with some sand paper before I started to spray-paint.
I used Krylon navy high gloss to spray both tables.
The next step was to apply some grass-cloth wallpaper to the top. I had some left over from my dining room* (Which is almost totally finished so I will do a before & after soon)
Now because of the shape of my table it wasn’t as simple as cutting out a perfect square.
Here is what we did.
Use one of the straight edges that you already have from the wallpaper and place it on your table. Place a small nick on the opposite side of the table so you know where to cut your other straight edge.
Make sure you use a ruler and a new razor to get a nice sharp edge. Due to grass-cloths texture if you don’t use a sharp edge you will get some fraying.
After the sides are cut you need to care of the curvy front. Take the piece you were working with and make some nicks where the straight edge of the table starts to curve.
Grab an extra piece of grass-cloth and get an outline of the curve.
Once you have your outline head to your work table and use the razor to get your template. Place curvy piece of grass-cloth on table and make sure you lined everything up properly and the cut is correct.
Now that you have your stencil place it on top of the first piece of grass-cloth that you were working on and line it to the nicks you placed.
Then use your razor and template to cut out the curve on the 1st piece of grass-cloth.
Then you paste the back of the paper.
And place on table. Make sure you smooth out any bubbles. Then you need to head back to your work space and do it all over again!
Now both have grass-cloth!
We let them set overnight and to make sure nothing lifted up we did this:
See this is why you keep all those old college textbooks! They finally come in handy.
I applied a coat of poly as well to the top of the grass-cloth, but in my opinion it didn’t make much of difference so I’m not sure if it is necessary. The texture of the grass-cloth remained so I don’t think the poly coat is preventing anything from happening.
Last step is just applying the nail head trim. I had some that came on a roll. It was easy to use and went a lot faster then if I had to put individual tacks around the whole table.
Just remember sometimes the next opening for a tack might not be covenant. If that happens and you are 3 tacks away from finishing the edge and the next tack opening isn’t coming up until another 4 tacks. Just cut the trim and use the loose tacks to finish up those last three.
Voila! That is it! End of story. It was so easy and really inexpensive to get the look . This project would go by even faster if your table was just a basic square or rectangle. We had curves to work with so it took a bit longer, but it was worth it.
I now want to go out to my favorite thrift stores and snatch up all those lonely end tables and give them some bling! How about you? Do you feel up to this project?
I’m participating in DIY Day on ASPTL