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I’m a firm believer that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” I hate throwing things away. Sometimes I’ll hold onto something for years in hopes that I’ll eventually find a project for it. I just recently threw out a pair of crib ends that I found on the side of the road 3 or 4 years ago. (I know there are tons of people all over Pinterest that are making benches from them. Heck, I even made one not too long ago for a client from the crib that both of your boys used as babies. (Tutorial coming soon!) But personally, I just don’t need a bench. Plus, I have so many other projects that are simply more of a priority.)
Then there’s the other side of me that hates clutter. I tell nag my husband all the time that he’s a hoarder. I’m constantly reminding my kids that “there’s a place for everything, and everything should be in it’s place.” I go for days purposely avoiding our playroom aka disaster area. I know there’s no point in picking up a million toys that will be all over the floor again tomorrow.
Basically, it’s a constant internal struggle over whether to keep or toss items that I have found/acquired/inherited/bought. Most people probably wouldn’t give most of them a second thought. This project is a perfect example…
Just about every parent I know has had one of these folding tables and chairs with their childs’ favorite character on them. Ours was a Christmas present from a friend several years ago. My son used it for art projects, picnics, writing, playing pretend teacher and everything else. However, once we built his big kid desk/homework station he no longer needed it. So it moved next door to my daughter’s room.
SHE loved it. I did not.
She didn’t care that it was Jake or that it didn’t match her room at all. But I couldn’t stand it. I know it would’ve been easier to just sell it on Craigslist and buy her a new one with princesses on it…BORING!
I wanted to do something completely different. I had never seen this done before, but I took the idea and ran with it. And guess what?
It turned out AMAZING!!
Even better than I had planned. So great that I thought I’d share a tutorial with you.
I started off by taking the whole thing apart.
Then I spray painted everything gold. It took several coats of this spray paint to cover up the dark blue, but it was worth it.
I wanted a more solid surface for the table top. My little girl can get pretty rowdy so I wanted something that would hold up. It just so happens that Home Depot sells 2′ x 2′ plywood squares, so I wouldn’t have to make any cuts! Yippee! I chose the prettiest piece of wood I could find because I knew I was going to stain it and didn’t want a bunch of knots or ugly wood grain.
Once I got it home I sanded the corners down to match the rounded edge of the table and then stained it with some gray stain I had leftover from another project.
YUCK!! Why does it look like that?! It’s so gross!
Ahhhhhhh…sigh of relief. That’s much better. This time I used special walnut. I had to buy some little brackets (sorry no pic) to attach the wood to the table frame.
Then I brought her inside to give her a little character. I had already found some cute laminated fabric at Hobby Lobby that was white with gold arrows so I wanted to stick with that motif. I did some measuring (sort-of), taped off an arrow shape, and painted it white.
It bled a little bit under the tape so I painted the edge gold to clean it up a little and tie everything together. But there was still something missing. I could figure out what it was yet so I moved on.
I left the old foam and fabric on the cushions just to give them a little more padding. Then I used spray adhesive to attach some batting that I had lying around before I stapled the laminated fabric on.
Then it was just a matter of attaching the cushions back to the chair with the screws that I had taken out. As you can see, I finally decided what the table top needed…the gold outline was hard to see so I added another slimmer arrow in gold. Isn’t it gorgeous?!
I just absolutely love how this little project came together and turned out so beautifully.
Do you have one of these little table sets lying around? Why not give it a little update? This project is super easy. Please send me pictures of how yours.