Chablis and I have been channeling our inner craftiness. I am not very artistic, so calling it crafty is a stretch. Last week a tenant moved out of one of the offices we manage. They left behind a bunch of office equipment and supplies. I don't know about you, but I love to go through stuff like that. You never know what little treasures you might find. One persons junk is another persons joy, right?
Anyway, one of the things they left behind was a nice little table. Nice in terms of it being well built and sturdy. However, it was old, outdated and a very unattractive shade of yellow. Chablis snagged the table and said she wanted to paint it, so we tossed it into the back of my truck and took it home. I had recently spray painted a shadow box with some periwinkle blue paint, so she grabbed that and sprayed the table.
Unfortunately, I didn't take a before photo of the table, because I didn't think it was going to turn into a project. But after Chablis painted it, she said it might look cute with some photos decoupaged on top. Before I knew it, she had pulled out her Sanibel Island folder and found a map of Sanibel and a Bailey-Matthews Museum Shell Chart. Then she started going through our vacation photos and picked out a couple of Florida favorites. So this is what we did....
First we sprayed the map and all the photos with some clear acrylic sealer to protect them and keep the colors from running....
Then we applied tacky glue to the back of the map, the shell chart and the photos, and placed them on the table. Once the glue dried, we started to apply layers of Mod Podge completely over the top of the table and photos....
Chablis ended up applying 5 layers of Mod Podge....
Once the Mod Podge dried she applied a final layer of the clear acrylic sealer. Here's the finished table....
I think it turned out so cute and tried to slide it into the front room next to my lazy boy chair, but she wasn't going for that and it's now in her bedroom. How rude!
I'll also show you the shadow box I made. A couple of weeks ago I found a brand new shadow box, still in it's original packaging, with the original price tag on it of $ 39.99. It was listed at the garage sale for 5 bucks, so I snapped it up. I sprayed it with that periwinkle blue paint, decorated the back board, hot glued some shells and sand into it and now I'm waiting for hubby to hang it up for me...
Hey, I told you crafty is a stretch for me but ya work with what ya got!
Oh, you guys are so very crafty! I love the table, and your shadow box is amazing! I wish I had room for another table somewhere, I would so do something like this.ReplyDelete
I love it!! I'm thinking of making a shadow box table to put all my shells in!! Just combine both these crafty ideas and you have it!! GREAT JOB!!ReplyDelete
Kim! I'm impressed!!!! Chablis did an awesome job on that table and you did, too, on the shadow box!! I luvluvluv doing crafty stuff, so I can appreciate the time and effort! We have printers drawers with shells in them; Marty just has to make (or buy) the glass covers for them. I don't want to hang them up without the glass cuz they will get dusty and gross. EVEN if they are dusted every week! I wish we had room for another table cuz I would like to make a drawer into a table. I've seen it done and it looks so cute! Miss you!ReplyDelete
I think you are very crafty! The table is adorable. And your shadow box is cool. You are way more creative than I will ever be! :)ReplyDelete
They are both adorable!!! Well done lady bug, well done!! :)ReplyDelete
Nice ways to display your memories! JReplyDelete
Looks like a lot of Sanibel Island fun to me :)ReplyDelete
What a great idea for the table. I'll file this away in my head, but who knows when I'll find the time to do it. Olivia would so love to do this for her room...that I hope is done someday...lol... tired of the little's sharing my room. The shadow box is awesome. I have one brand new in my closet when once upon a time I was going to put my son's hockey jersey's in them. We made on and lost interest, but I've never used it because of the ugly brown. Paint it! Duh. I need you around to tell me what to do!! :)ReplyDelete
What a great idea for a table, very crafty too! :o)ReplyDelete
But what's a shadow box?
A shadow box is like a picture frame, only thicker so you can put items inside it, like shells!Delete
Cool idea, but must be more complicated to hang! ;o)Delete
That is just the cutest! It's such a great way to enjoy a favorite spot! And the shell chart is wonderful! I may need your help with some ID!ReplyDelete
That is just the best thing. You can all use it which is great but it showcases such good memories for you all. I love it!ReplyDelete