the tribe has spoken…
Remember the $1 art table I did last year? Well, lately I’ve been itching to do another kids table. However, this time around I wanted a more “grown-up” design.
I think it’s important for kids to have their own “space” in the family room, kitchen, etc. but it can still be stylish!
I found this Lane end table at a thrift store last week. Nice and sturdy…perfect candidate for a kids table.
Sure the surface had been beaten like a rented mule, but nothing my friend Walt couldn’t fix. 😉
Meet Walt. Technically, it’s DeWalt. But we’re tight, so we’re on a nickname basis.
Walt and I went to TOWN on the table surface. 60 grit to get rid of all the damage.
Then a nice 220 to get the top as smooth as a baby’s bum.
Next pre-stain conditioner. A must for the most even stain ever. Trust me on this.
Wipe on with a lint-free cloth or staining pad and let it sit/soak in for 5-15 minutes.
The conditioner just soaked right in to the wood. Wipe off any excess
Next comes the stain. Dark Walnut. Of course. Apply with a staining pad for beautifully even coverage.
Let sit 5-15 and then wipe off excess.
Now for the fun stuff…
I saw this thread holder made by Katie @ Craptastic and it was love at first sight. The way the white chevron pattern looks paired with that beautiful wood grain made my heart go pitter pat.
So I set out to do the same design on the kids art table.
Now up until this point, this re-do had been easy peasy. But then came the taping-off part. yikes.
SIDENOTE…I am extremely spatially challenged. Big time. Let’s just say if I ever went on Survivor, the puzzles would be my achilles heel. They would do me in. Yep, that’s what would get me voted off for sure. Mmmm hmmm.
Well, that and the fact that I don’t like to be hot, cold, rained on, dirty, bitten by bugs, hungry, thirsty, or experience discomfort in any way. And the only “challenges” I like to participate in are ones that I create and am the only player and therefore certain winner. 😉
Yep, I’m pretty sure if I ever did get cast on Survivor my tribe mates would get so tired of my whining that they would strangle me with my tribe bandana or impale me with tree mail. Somehow I don’t think Jeff Probst is gonna be dialing my digits anytime soon.
Back to the table…taped off a nice border like Katie did.
At first, I measured. But then my impatience kicked in and I switched to a highly underrated method known as “eyeballing” it. 🙂
Three coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.
Peel the tape off (my FAVORITE part)!
Protect the whole table with Minwax paste finishing wax (love).
And there you have it…a stylish chevron art table for a trendy toddler. 🙂
The tribe has spoken.