Hi Friends! How is everyone today! It’s almost the weekend. woohoo!!!! Which means it’s time for yard sales:) Speaking of yard sales, my little old grandma is my little yard sale elf every weekend for me since I am now running a store on Saturdays. I must say she does a phenomenal job finding me goodies. She just recently found this adorable table and saw my name all over it. So thanks Gram!! You are the best!!
My first thought was to paint this table a completely different color. That is until I started sanding it. Look at the gorgeous color underneath the chipping white paint. I mean I couldn’t have planned it any better. So I rolled with it. A distressed creamy white table is what we are now going for ladies and gents!
The top of the table was still in pretty rough condition. The paint was really chipping and there were a lot of rough grooves set into the table. I really wasn’t in a sanding until my arms go numb kinda mood so I had to think of something different to do to the top.
That’s when I remembered I had picked out some great fabrics from Minted.com. Look at these gorgeous patterns that were hand painted/created by independent artists and then the public gets to buy them…on fabric. Amazing right. Not your run of the mill patterns which I love.
So in case you weren’t getting my drift, I decided to take one of the fabrics and use Modge Podge to attach it to my table top! fun stuff folks. If you haven’t modge podged anything before you are seriously missing out. This stuff can transform anything and you get it at any local craft store.
So the first thing I did was measure and cut my Iron Gate fabric to fit the space I was using it for. The Modge Podge bottle recommends that you put Modge Podge on the back of your fabric first and let it dry and then cut it to prevent fraying however I didn’t see that until after but the Minted fabric was incredibly durable and I didn’t have any problems with it fraying. SO I dodged a DIY bullet there but lesson learned I should read through ALL of the directions before using.
After my fabric was cut I poured Modge Podge all over the table top and the used a painting brush to spread it around so that it was in a nice even layer. I did a pretty layer so that once I put my fabric on top I could move it around a bit to get it in place.
I used my hands to smooth the fabric and get the bubbles out first and then I used a stiff foam roller to smooth out any residual bubbles. The extra thick layer of Modge Podge underneath really helped in moving the fabric around.
I then let dry overnight.
You can see I left the extra fabric under the lip of the front of the table just sort of sticking out. I want the Modge Podge to dry before I cut it so that I didn’t risk ripping the rest of the fabric.
I took a utility knife and cut underneath the table to remove the excess fabric off. I then went over that area with more Modge Podge to seal it up good.
After everything was dry, I put 3 coats of Varathane triple thick Polyurethane over the fabric to give it a really good durable surface. I also sanded with a fine sanding sponge in between coats to get any little bubbles out for a nice smooth finish.
After that dried, I decided I wasn’t completely happy with the edges where the fabric and table meet. It just looked unfinished to me.
So I used some extra shoe molding we had sitting around. I cut it down to fit the corners and painted them a similar color to the table and then distressed the them a little to match the rest of the table. I used wood glue to attach them and then my nail gun to set them in place.
Now I feel better about this!
I love the way the fabric looks on this table. It looks like I painted or stenciled it but I didn’t!!!
I love watching people stare at it trying to figure how I did it and when I tell them it’s fabric they are flabbergasted.
Just another day in the life of a DIY’er!
Next time you have a piece that you can’t figure out to fix or repair it. Try using fabric!
<<<This post is sponsored by Minted. Although I wasn’t compensated for this post, I did receive free products in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are my own and this fabric is the bomb!!>>>
Have a great week everyone.
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