Okay, I admit it. I pick up other people’s trash.
It started a year ago.
Now it’s an addiction.
When walking the dog or driving, I’m on the look out.
I make U-turns. I scurry back to the site.
What can I say?
Last year, while walking my dog on trash day, I spotted a beat up but very solid wooden parson’s table. It had apparently been used as a play / colouring table for kids because it was a mess of paints, crayons and gouges. But it was solid, nothing sanding and paint would not fix. I zoomed over later with my car and brought it home.
Sadly I don’t have a true before picture but let me say, this little table has become a very useful practice piece for me.
Life #1: It was sanded down and spray painted with a metallic paint. Sadly, the top was not sanded smooth enough to look good.
Life #2: The top was re-sanded, removing the paint. I decided I didn’t want it to be metallic so I just left it and used it as a low work table.
Life #3: It became a test piece for transferring graphics with Citra-Solve and Mod Podge
So here it is in it’s hodge podge state of metallic paint, a bit of primer and graphics transfer samples.
Life #4 for this table was inspired by Beckie at Infarrantly Creative.
Using an 80’s style coffee table., Beckie created an ingenious LEGO TABLE for her kids.
Her table is GORGEOUS! She really had a great vision! I think she should patent those plans!
My idea for this table was to NOT make it cute or perfect. This little table is my second Great Aunt project and will be used by three little boys. Repeat: THREE boys! So as a play table, it should be capable of taking some abuse.
Using left over ivory homemade chalk paint, I painted the frame with one coat then lightly distressed it, allowing the grey metallic paint to show through. I reversed printed a CONSTRUCTION COMPANY SIGN using their last name on two sides and a shorted version on the other two sides. I applied the words using the Modge Podge method I used here.
Since the Mod Podge needs to thoroughly dry, I moved on to a chair I was painting black. Every time I looked over at the little table I thought it just looked too…
CLEAN and WHITE.
Especially for a “construction crew”.
On my way to wash the black paint out of my brush, I took a chance and
DRY BRUSHED the table with BLACK.
YES!!! A grunge look!
I used a carpenter square to make sure the Lego Building Plates were level with each other and Weldbond glue. I placed a large heavy book and a weight on them and waited for them to dry.
I love how it turned out. It definitely has a “masculine” look about it.
I am not going to wax or apply Varathane either.
I would say it’s rough and ready for building!