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Today, we are wrapping up our two year blogiversary celebration. And before I share another of our most popular posts, we would like to thank our readers. You guys are AMAZING! Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments and support over the past two years!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
If you’ve been following along this week, you’ve seen some our favorite/popular projects (Boxes to Baskets, Bed Risers, and Personalized Utensil Crock.) One of our most loved posts has also been our Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map.
This project was sentimental for our family and even though it took a little bit of time to complete, it has been wonderful to see it everyday hanging in our
son’s kid’s bedroom to remind us of our time in MA. You can find out how we put this together here.
It’s monthly challenge time again and boy was this month a challenge! (A few of our past projects were 2 x 4 Wall Art, an Industrial Book Rack, a Wood Box Caddy, and a Pegboard Luminary.) When I first heard that we would be doing projects using concrete for June, I thought “This is going to be easy.” Silly me, I have never even worked with this substance before. I could not have been more wrong about it! My attempt at concreting a table top turned out to be more of a failure rather than a success story.
Before any DIY happenings, this is the original table in all of its pre-concrete glory.
Starting off with full confidence, I mixed up a batch of Quikrete and applied it to the surface.
It went on pretty even. I let it dry a full 24 hours.
Next, I sanded it down to smooth out any bumps.
It was looking pretty good until I used the shop vac to suck up the dust. This revealed a few holes in my concrete surface and I noticed the edges were starting to crack too.
I thought, “No big deal. I’ll just patch it with more concrete.” If only is was that easy, the outcome of this project would have been much different.
After the patching, I sanded it down again and I had even more holes and cracking.
This new substance was pretty pliable. I covered my hand with a plastic bag to help me level it out on the surface.
Finally, when there was just no more time to dedicate to this project, this is what I was left with after it dried. A lumpy, uneven, partially painted table that was extremely top heavy. A Project Fail if I’ve ever seen one!
During this entire process, I have really learned so much about working with concrete. And this may sound a touch on the crazy side, but I really do think I could have made this project work. I am hopeful that someday I may find more time to give to this poor little table.
Along with this month’s challenge, we are giving away a $100 gift card to The Home Depot! To enter for a chance to win, follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter ballot below. Good Luck!
Now it is time to head on over and check out all of these fun concrete projects! I am betting they had better success this month than I did.
It’s no secret that Emily and I enjoy grabbing
junk treasures from trash piles on the side of the road. Especially, when we can see so much potential in the item. For example, this cute revamped mini folding table and chairs that I recently found and made over.
Since we didn’t already own a little table and chair set for the kids, when I saw this small set abandoned on the curb, I thought it would at least be worth the effort to try and fix it up. We don’t have tons of extra space for un-needed furniture, but since these fold up, they will be easy enough to store when they aren’t in use.
As you can see, they were in pretty rough shape. The chair seats and backs were faded and the table top had some ugly water damage. We love the Buckeyes here, but some changes needed to happen to make this little grouping look better.
Unfortunately, I didn’t document taking the screws out of the seats, backs and table top to detach them. Or spray painting each of the frame pieces white. Oops! But I did do those things.
I decided to recover the parts of the chairs with black and white ticking fabric and the top of the table with chalk cloth.
Using a combination of staples and E6000 multipurpose adhesive, I attached the fabrics (cut to size) to each item.
Finally, everything was reattached to the newly painted frames and ready for use.
What do you think of this little table and chair set? Isn’t it adorable in it’s new black and white attire? I love that the kids will be able to use this for so many things. Coloring, crafts, snack-time, etc. Plus, since there is chalk cloth on the top, they can draw directly on it. Yay!
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