Monday, July 1, 2013

Roadside Rescue + Painting Laminate + Adding Crown Molding to Table Base

Sometimes my favorite projects come from the least expected places. A few months ago I found this laminate and oak table in the road outside of our house. I didn't think much of it at the time, but when David got home and asked if I saw the table outside, we decided to go check it out. We weren't sure about it, but we pulled it into the garage anyways and forgot about it for a few months.

This past week, we finally got around to finishing it and I'm in LOVE with the end result!!

Want to know the best part? It was basically free! I bought white paint for this and a few other projects, but other that that, we had everything on hand! 

Read on to see how we did it! 

I primed the table a few weeks ago while I had the primer out and filled the holes with wood filler. Last weekend, David was playing around with a few pieces of scrap wood and found some crown molding that we purchased (from Habitat Restore) for another project, but didn't end up using. It fit PERFECTLY between the existing legs for a seamless transition. It's like it was made to go there! David cut it to size and cut a notch in the top for the existing table top mount to attach to. You can only see it when you are under the table, so we weren't worried about covering it up. 

We put wood glue on the edges of the crown molding and secured it to the base with small nails.  

To finish the base, we freehanded a corbel out of a 1x6 and then traced three more. David cut them out with the jigsaw and we attached them to the base with wood glue and finishing nails. We then filled in all of the cracks/seams and nail holes with wood filler.

After sanding and wiping down with a microfiber cloth I used my favorite primer, Zinsser Cover Stain. It sticks to glossy surfaces (though it is best to sand first) and it is SUPER durable!! I used two coats on everything and three on the top for extra durability. It is oil based, so that means it's stinky and the brushes need to be cleaned with mineral spirits (or use cheap ones that can be tossed).


 I finished with two coats SW Pro-Classic in Alabaster, a light creamy white.


We created a stencil in Illustrator and cut it on our Silhouette Cameo and stenciled it with a light gray, SW Big Chill.

Since the top is laminate and it will get a lot of use, I decided to add a few coats of water based polyurethane. Oil based poly will yellow over time on light surfaces, so water based is best for white paint.  

It is the perfect addition to our office! Extra work and dining space. It isn't too large or small and the round size makes it easy to move around. 



Notice something else?? We also finally finished the other Eames chair!!! Tutorial a little later :) I'm planning to put a few of the chairs that I recently found, once I refinish them. Updates on Instagram if you're interested. And then the Eames chairs will go back to the desk. 


I love love love the new table base! It makes to look so much more expensive!  


I was originally planning to paint the top in a bolder color/pattern, but I think the simplicity and low contrast works well with the other colors and patterns in the room.


Finally, I created a few prints using text and got them printed as Engineering prints at Staples. The quality is similar to a laser printer (so so quality), but a $1 something each is such an affordable option for large scale prints! I was inspired by the prints in Kristin's fabulous nursery, found here

You can download "enjoy the little things" HERE. It includes two 16x20 prints and one 5x7 print. You'll have to cut the 16x20 down yourself or Staples can do it too. I printed the 5x7 at home. Enjoy! :) 




Ahh SO much better!! Have you used crown molding in an unconventional way too? I'm officially obsessed and will be looking for more project ideas using it! 

Sources:

Table: roadside find, but craigslist and goodwill would be good places to look
Crown Molding: Habitat Restore (about .50 a foot) 
Primer: Zinsser Cover Stain, oil based, Home Depot 
Paint: Sherwin Williams Pro Classic 
Poly: Minewax Water based, Home Depot 
Stencil: Made by me
Frames: Ikea Ribba, here and here 

The office/living room is almost done, then I'll post more pics showing the whole space! :) 


49 comments:

  1. lovely as always! You always add the best details to your diy projects.

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  2. Gorgeous Sarah :) I really just love all that you do! xo Kristin

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  3. have you done a tutorial anywhere on how to make stencils with your Cameo? I am getting ready to make a stencil for my office, but can't figure out what type of material to cut it out of.

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    1. I haven't done a tutorial yet - I learned how to cut my own design by watching a few you tube videos, if you're interested. I use a thin craft plastic, you should be able to find at Michaels or Amazon :)

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  4. I love the added molding! Looks so pretty in your room!

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  5. Wow! Your table turned out gorgeous and nothing beats free! I pass up tables like this all the time and now I will buy the next one! It would work great in our basement to serve as a lil eating area. The crown molding and stencil makes such a difference. ;) Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

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    1. Thanks so much Jesse! :) I've already used the table a lot, it's the perfect size for our little space! Looking forward to seeing what you do with one!

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  6. Love how this turned out, don't you just love finding stuff for free?

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    1. Thank you! Yes, free is always the best! :)

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  7. Love it! But really loving that artwork! Ah-maz-ing again!!

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  8. WOW the table looks amazing!! Holy cow you never disappoint, Your house is so adorable!

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  9. beautiful! i'm always amazed at what you can do! thanks for sharing!

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  10. LOVE this Sarah! That subtle pattern is the perfect finishing touch!

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  11. GORGEOUS!!! This is one of the only blogs that my husband will let me show him things from ;)! Even he can't deny the talent you guys have!! I love this!!! Btw, I painted a laminate dresser for my daughter's room and used a zinser stain covering primer, and the drawers have started to yellow. The dresser was painted a really light gray....wonder if I should sand it back down and try using the water based poly? I think we used an oil base spray poly?? hmmmm.

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much, that's so sweet! :) I just started using Zinsser cover stain (per Kate, Centsational Girl) recommendation and love it!! As far as I know she hasn't had any issues with it yellowing light paint, so if you used oil based poly, I'd guess it was the poly. Oil based poly has a slight amber tint, which yellows over time - making light colors yellow. I'd probably sand down the dresser to remove the poly and recoat with paint if needed and then use water based poly :)

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  12. Sarah - so beautiful as always, I can't say that enough! I love the prints "enjoy the little things." Any chance you're willing to sell them, so that I can send them off to a Staples near my house?

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    1. Thanks Auralee! I just uploaded the PDF for the prints (link in text describing the prints), enjoy! :)

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    2. Thanks Sarah!!! As for the frames, where did you purchase them from? I bet you're going to say IKEA :)

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    3. Yep :) ikea Ribba 15.25x19.25 mat opening and 5x7 opening

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  13. I love the artwork that you made! What font did you use?

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    1. It is Lavenderia http://www.losttype.com/font/?name=lavanderia

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  14. Sarah, please tell how you did the prints. I would love to make something like.
    Erin

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    1. Hi Erin, I just added the PDF to download (link in text describing prints). The larger are 16x20 Engineering prints from Staples. They print larger, so you'll need to cut them down or have Staples do it for you. The smaller one is a 5x7 that I printed at home :)

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    2. Thanks. But, what if I want to do a different saying? Do I just type it into word and ???? I swear, I am so inept. I need my hand held and a step by step instruction. Like, sit at computer, turn on at right hand side, etc., I kid you not. UGH!!!

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    3. I just posted a few more saying here: http://www.sarahmdorseydesigns.blogspot.com/2013/07/statement-art-free-download.html. I couldn't figure out how to make a large scale document that was editable, but if you would like something custom, I could make a similar version for $5

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  15. that looks amazing, sarah!!!! i love what you did to the top! i still need to publicly thank you for my awesome stencil- i have been waiting for the right project! just wanted you to know i hadn't forgotten. :)

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    1. Thanks Cassie! Would love to see my stencil on one of your fabulous pieces!! :)

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  16. Sarah it is simply awesome sauce!! I'm so in love with that table, and I'm downloading those prints as well. I think I'm going to need to use those for sure!!! Great work!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! Would love to see the prints in your home - thanks for downloading!

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  17. Beautiful! The moulding was such a great idea for giving it a high end look. Who would have thought such a dull castoff could be so pretty? Well...obviously, the answer to that questions is, "you." :)

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  18. Where did you get the frames for the artwork? If you don't know exactly, can you attach a link to some frames similar to yours?

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    1. Hi Kelsey! They are Ikea Ribba: 2 of http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40243544/ and 1 of http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50142969/

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  19. Beautiful as always Sarah! Way to make a treasure out of a roadside rescue! Love these transformations!

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  20. Your blog is completely inspiring! I found it a few months ago and have been greedily devouring past posts. Now I look forward every week to seeing what genius thing you are going to create. Your vision is quite amazing! This post has me wishing I could find a great "garbage table" on the side of the road so I could copy yours- crown molding- I never would have thought to add that, but the transformation is brilliant! PS- I'm wondering if you would share the font you used for the prints. It's lovely!

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    1. Hi Erin, Thanks so much! :) The font is Lavenderia http://www.losttype.com/font/?name=lavanderia

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    2. Awesome, I already have that one. I think it just looks more impressive in the larger scale. Thanks!

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  21. Love the table transformation!!! Thanks for sharing the nursery link too :) Your prints look amazing!
    xo-Kristin | the Hunted Interior

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  22. I love that you went the extra step and added molding and trim. That just took that table to the next level. Love the stenciling too! Perfect!

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  23. I live in Australia & I own this table except the edges of the top have been routered & it would so fit in with the moulding on the legs. I was going to get rid of it this week. Thank God for Roadkill Rescue & you.

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