Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Before & After: DIY Craft Table Upgrade

Since we moved into our home a little over a year ago, I've had a little room all to myself to craft in.  It's glorious to not have to cram everything into a couple of bookshelves or constantly be moving my ongoing projects from the dining room table.  But, it's also taking a while to find the right things to go into this little craft oasis.

So, for a lot of the last 12 months, I've been on the hunt for storage solutions, useful furniture & cute decor for this space.  I'm almost to a good place with organization of the piles & piles of supplies that I've collected over the last several years.  The desk that houses the computer is also getting there in terms of how I want everything set up.  But, for the first 6 months or so, my craft room had no real 'crafting' space.  I had room to house my supplies & write about my projects, but no table to paint or sew or glitter on.  And I need space to use my glitter & make things turqoise y'all.

Two months ago, on a trip to a big Swedish furniture store, we picked up this table.  I think it cost all of $25 & is about 2ft. x 3ft.  It fit the budget & the space & is plenty big for most of my crafting needs.  Perfect right?  But it needed a little something to make it not so 'blah.'  And I really wanted to be able to use paint or glue without having to worry about getting it off the table when I was done. 

Solution: an inexpensive (re: cheap!) plasticy coated picnic tablecloth.  You know the ones that aren't quite disposable, not quite cloth, but completely wipe down-able?  The ones that are in every store right now with the summer decor?  The ones you can get for like $5 & come in a million colors & patterns?  That one!  So now I don't have to worry about spilling or finding newspaper before starting a project.  I just do what I want to do & wipe the table down with a wet cloth afterwards.  Very cool. 

I actually picked this one tablecloth last year at a summer clearance sale for less than $5.  And it's a little hard to see in the photos, but it's a great contrast to the seafoam/turquoise walls (the color is much more vibrant/darker in real life).  All I did was lay the tablecloth backside facing up on the floor, turn the table upside down on top the tablecloth, cut away the extra & went to town fold up the edges & securing them on the underneath side of the table with a staple gun.  It was maybe 10 minutes of stapling/folding & that was only because I had to reload the gun halfway through.  And if I ever decide I want another pattern or something doesn't come out after a craft?  15 minutes & $5 & I can have a brand new tabletop.

Awesome, right?


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