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.
Take that piece and put it aside. We now need to make a template for the 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 Camila, A SELF APPOINTED STRIPE AFICIONADO WHO HAS A soft spot IN HER HEART FOR BLUE AND WHITE GINGER JARS, THE COLOR ORANGE, AND ELEPHANTS.
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Nice job! I have some nail head trim I have been dying to use. Maybe I'll give this a try!
Sooooo fun! I love what you did, insanely creative.
Get out, these are fabulous!!!!!! Janell
Get out, these are fabulous!!!!!! Janell
i cannot WAIT to do this! my mom will be in town all next week, and this has definitely been added to our/my list of projects!
I am OBSESSED with these! Don't know if I could do it though!
Wow, you've got some hairy arms! I kid, I kid! I love the tables. I find myself wondering where to implement all of the diy projects you do–they are always fabulous and unique!
I've been wanting to spruce up my cheapie Ikea Lack tables, and this idea just might be it! They look great!
Ok just died laughing about the hairy arm comment.
Don't you love all of my projects are always we, we, we, but when it comes down to it I always dream up what I want and Jon makes it happen. Hence the hairy arms!
And great instructions too!
This Vamp loves your revamp!
Those don't look like your dainty hands in all those photos- did you get a little help from the hubby on this one haha. I love this project I want to go look for some cheapy tables now. This is totally my kind of DIY project!
What a great way to revive some old tables! My only concern is whether or not the grasscloth would stain over time…but then again, that's what coasters are for, right? Great job (as always) Camila!
I have some tables that nee some Oomph!
I have had my eye on one table, an Oomph for 4,000 but seriously, 2 kids need to go to college, so this one will be a DIY!
(bad blogger) you are not!!! next time take that before.
brilliant! just brilliant! now if only i had some of that wall paper laying around…
Uugh! I almost picked up a set of nesting tables at auction last week, but no immediate inspiration came to mind so I let them pass! I like the results of your work – next time I will get the tables! 🙂
I see a innovative furniture designer in the making… Would love to sell some of your cool vintage stuff on LiveLikeYou when it's launched!
I really like how this turned out!
LOVE IT! My wheels are turning.
They look so good ! Don't you wish you could keep them ?
Look at you go, you crafty thing, inspiring as usual
They look awesome! Where do you get nailhead trim on a roll like that? 🙂 deb
Love that idea! Very cute.
You are so clever! And I love how you use spray paint so often! -Jami
GENIUS. i have been mulling for months over what to do with some side tables i got at a thrift store. they have similar corners to the quatrefoil 'tini table by oomph, and i bet they'd look fabulous covered with some leftover grasscloth i snagged from my parents' attic!
great idea, and i am in love with the navy paint!
fantastic bang for your buck project. thanks for sharing!
GREAT JOB – FANTASTIC RESULT! KG
I had to come back for another look. So dang amazing!!! I am busy thinking what I might be able to transform!!
They look great! Nice work DIY queen!
How awesome is that! Great job!
Okay now that is one amazing project!!!
Thought you might like this ‘oomph’ esque table (tini table) that I found at homegoods this weekend…..for those of us on a budget but LOVE THE LOOK! Great blog by the way!! Now, off to get some grasscloth to cover the top! xoxo, Shelli
Oh love that so pretty!