Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Playroom Art Table

I couldn't stay away.  Turns out I'm a little addicted to blogging.  Plus there are some fun linky parties I want to join making it all that much tempting so here it goes.


I originally did this post when I guest posted at Kara Paslay Designs.  I thought I'd repost it here on my blog because it's one of my favorite projects from this year. 

My friend, Gina, gave me this little kids table for the Sun Kissed Boys’ playroom. 

It came from a private school that closed down.  The table is a very authentic school table.  So much in fact that it even came with gum stuck at the bottom of it. 
I haven’t had the heart to take it off. I find it cool and historic.  (I’m strange, I know.)

I wanted the table to have that old-world feel like it had come from a schoolhouse from many moons ago.  First thing I did was sand it completely.  Ok, Sun Kissed Husband sanded most of it for me because he knows how much I detest prep work.

I wanted to engrave it with an inspirational quote like a table I’d seen at Sticks and Bricks.  For the letters I used a metal letter stamp set.

Next, I stained the tabletop.

 After that dried, I gave it a very uneven sanding using a fine grit, wiped it, and sealed it.
The reason for the uneven sanding? Wood is not one even color and it certainly doesn’t age evenly either.


I wanted to keep the dark stain but the letters were not standing out as much as I wanted them to so I used a permanent marker to darken them.


For the quote, I turned to freelance writer, bkmackenzie of signedbkm. (I know my talents and being a wordsmith is not one of them.) I told her about my project and she came up with several different quotes for me to use.  I chose this for the table.
I have plans to use another one of her eloquent quotes in another part of the playroom.

For the legs, I gave them a sloppy coat of paint, distressed, stained, and polyurethaned them. 

I now present to you the ART TABLE in its place and in its use.


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51 Sunny Notes:

Klove said...

Oh my, I love this table...where did you buy the stamps? I have to get them. XOXO

Crisc@JusKeepSmiling.com said...

It looks great!

michelle said...

Hi Yanet! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas! I love that table!! You did a perfect job re-newing it or re-olding it (is that a word?)
The quote is perfect. Thank you for reposting this, I haven't seen this one yet.

Have a wonderful day and a Happy New Year!!

Brandi said...

I love how you transformed the table! The added quote is perfect! Wishing you and your family the best in 2011!

cecilia said...

You are a genius my dear. I'm loving this.

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Your table looks great, I bet your boys use it all the time. Thanks for sharing it!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

that is so totally adorable! How unique and creative. love it.

Love of the Sea said...

This table is fantastic. I LOVE it. And you did a great job re-working it. Love the quote.

Jill@Barnes Yard said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE, love, love this table! I have never thought of using my metal stamps on wood! GREAT idea!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i absolutely love this idea, yanet! it is so cool and unique, and a great way to constantly inspire your children.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the message you stamped. The table looks great.

La said...

I'm sure your little ones will get a lot of use out of this table. Happy New Year! La

razzamadazzle said...

Beautiful! I'm very impressed with your creativity.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

What a great job you did refinishing the table! I'm sure your guys will get many years of enjoyment creating and being creative. You've given them a wonderful gift! Happy New Year!

Annie Louise said...

I love how this turned out!! Great idea, putting quotes on it. Very impressive.
Jeanette

Chrissie said...

I love this table. The quote is just awesome! You have great style!

Pondside said...

I have to show this to my DIL - she'll love it. If I lived closer I'd try to duplicate for her myself.....

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

love your table. and i love the quote you did on top never seen that done before. great idea.im your newest follower

Judie said...

I became fascinated with your manicures. Applying stain with a French manicure looked dangerous to me. Then I saw the black manicure, and felt much better. What a great project for your kids!!

Sue said...

I am in awe. And I love what you engraved into the table...and the way it looks.

I am more than slightly envious. Okay, I covet the table.

;)

Jingle said...

wow,
what a process,
well done.

lovely creation for fine arts.
happy 2011.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

That is one awesome table! I really like the quote you stamped into it. Very cool.

Green Door Girl said...

gorgeous table, and I really like the quote stamped into it - what a great idea!

Alayna Howard said...

Yes, I agree LOVE this. Where did you find your stamp set? I think they are a MUST to add to my list! :) Thanx for sharing!

Sparta Savings said...

I love this so much! I need to redo a couple of tables in my house, but I'm not sure I would be brave enough to put quotes on it. I love it, but I am chicken for sure! lol

C'est Magnifique said...

Oh! That table turned out beautiful... well... except for the gum that is!! LOL! I love how you used the letter stamps right on the table top, what a great idea... and I have a letter stamp set so I may have to use this idea somewhere in my house... if you don't mind!

Tania

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

For those of you wondering, I got the metal stamps at Harbor Freight.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This turned out beautifully! I had a similar table I wanted to keep for ME (not the kids)...but dh didn't go for it! Love the idea of the stamping on top!
http://redhenhome.blogspot.com/2010/11/library-table.html

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Loving your metal stamp, that just takes the whole re do to another level all together.
Dana

Funky Junk Interiors said...

This is so cool! I LOVE the subtle message you stamped on the table. I so need to borrow this one!! I have the perfect farm table begging for some attention. :)

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Kerri said...

Very cute! I have this same table - "un-re-finished" from an old school. This gives me idea :)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I am back. And I'm so impressed I was led to feature you on SNS #63's sidebar this weekend. :)

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Simply Bungalow said...

What wonderful redo. I love the message stamped in. It turned out beautiful.
~Heidi

Pamma said...

LOVE it! Just adore the black ink on the dark brown stain---very vintage, authentic!

Jenny said...

Yanet, this an amazing transformation. I think using those metal stamps is the best idea I've seen in so long.

That is really, really the coolest thing.

Thank you for sharing this inspirational post.

I am going to find something to use this technique on.

Where did you find the stamps to buy?

Thanks for linking. I love this idea for the New Year!

A+

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

This is great! You come up with the best ideas. I love how the words flow with the grain of the wood. You did a fantastic job!

Amy Kinser said...

How did I miss this table!!! I love what you did with it. So great!!!

Shaunna said...

This is SOOOO gorgeous, Yanet! You never cease to amaze me with your creative and meticulous work. LOVE IT! (Do you mind emailing me a copy? I'd love to use it in the eBook in the project gallery!)
-shaunna :)

Jane said...

First off, every time I get a table from thrift or craigslist, there is gum! I am less charitable than you about it! LOL Second, one day I am going to use this idea. I love that the quote is stamped in there. I used to go to a restaurant in NJ that had tables carved over the years by patrons. I loved reading all the initials and sometimes quotes. This is just a bit classier and just as sweet.

I Play Outside The Box said...

AWESOME!!!! Yes, I screamed that....I LOVE IT...there I go again!

Melissa said...

I love it! How brave and genius of you to use the metal stamps on the wood. And the Sharpie! It's fabulous.

Blessed Mommy of 2 said...

FABULOUS! What a creative idea!

Cheryl said...

Lovely and subtle...I might just try this myself. Thanks for sharing.

Melanie said...

This is brilliant! My kitchen table is due for a makeover and my kids would LOVE to have their names on their "spot". Thanks for sharing!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Yanet! What an amazing job you did on that table! I just LOVE it!!! Just adore the way you imprinted that quote. I never would have thought of doing that. ♥ I wouldn't mind having a craft table like that in my study! :)

xoxo laurie

Sheila said...

Excuse my ignorance but I'm very new at this repurposing and DIY thing - I love your ideas but I am clueless... how did you do the distressed effect? And when you stamped the wood did you have to apply extra pressure (like a hammer!) or do you just press it into the wood? Etc.
You'll have to do some beginner posts for people like me! Or direct me if you've already done explanatory posts please!!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Thank you , everyone for your kind comments.

Sheila, I tried getting back to you back but I couldn't find a way to contact you.

In reference to you question about the stamps, you do use a hammer to pound the stamp. The strength you use, depends on the wood you're working with. I would do a couple of letter on the underside of whatever you're working with to test it out first. After a few hammerings, you'll get the hang of how hard to pound.

As far as distressing, there are a couple of ways to do it. The way I do it is by sanding. After the paint is good and dry, take sand paper (80 grit) and rub it in the sections you want to look "worn". You can also use an electric sander to move a little quicker but I would start manually since the electric sander can scrape off too much.

Hope this helps, Sheila. I will definitely keep in mind to do more of a detailed step-by-step in the future for the beginner DIYers.

Mommie T said...

Hi I'm a new follower and just wanted to say ingenious idea for a child's art/play table!

Screaming Meme said...

You warmed my heart with this post...and made me tear up a little...I love love love that table!!! I think it is because you have 3 boys (and I do too) and yours are still little and mine are not...You bring back good memories of when my boys were young...and that is one reason I love your blog! and that you are super creative!

art is beauty said...

such a great table...I am a new follower and love your stuff....would love if you followed me back....You are awesome!!

allthingsgoodandwise.com said...

I love what you've done with the table. Any ideas on a school table that has a laminate top? Would love to remove it if possible.