Ugly Table Makeover: In Progress


I’ve sanded down all the places the table-top had split and cracked, and I also filled the holes with spackle. I’ve spent maybe an hour going over this thing from top to bottom, trying to smooth out as many scrapes and dents as I could. I think I’m about as ready as I’ll ever be to paint this thing.

krylon1I picked up a can of Krylon spray paint, in Satin Sea Glass. This color looks like almost an exact match for that minty green baby blanket I’ve been crocheting.

I also tracked down the source for that really cute raindrop wallpaper from the inspiration photo for the table makeover. The wallpaper comes from Spoonflower, and HOLY MOLY… they have the largest selection of prints I’ve ever seen. I spent an hour and a half browsing just the “black and white” results, pinning a few to my Pinterest boards, and then taking a bunch of screenshots, so I could compare swatches side-by-side on my screen without a billion tabs open in my browser.

The wallpaper is going to be adhered to the vertical shelves that separate the two tiers of the table. I’ll have to cut them down to size, which will probably be the most challenging part of this whole project. We’ll see how that goes.

table1Do you have any idea how difficult it is for me to decide which one to pick?! Look at all of these swatches. I think I’m slightly more in love with some of the more abstract and hand-drawn patterns, rather than crisp and neat lines. BUT I CAN’T DECIDE!!!!

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 8.59.14 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 8.59.57 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 9.02.13 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 9.05.46 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 9.06.21 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 9.07.38 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 9.08.29 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 9.14.21 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 9.16.41 PMIt kills me a little bit that I can’t have ALL of these. Each 12″x24″ swatch is $5. I may just go into the furniture makeover business, purely for an excuse to buy all of these. I think all of these would add some spunk to the table, which is going to be a focal point in the nursery when it’s done.


Nursery Overhaul

Current status: Planning stages.

The more time I spend in my son’s nursery, staring at the brown walls, wooden rocking chair, brown carpet, grey curtains, and black furniture… the more I think this place needs some color! The only color I’ve ever really added to the nursery was that yellow throw blanket I crocheted, and a white crib sheet with colored polka dots. Everything else is… neutral.



See? Lots of neutral.

That blanket is about 5 feet long and 5 feet wide. It took 3 skeins of yarn to complete! I still need to add some kind of cute edge to it, but that’s pretty low on my priority list, considering Sam hates blankets. [Seriously, is this child mine? Doesn’t he know that mommy’s absolute comfiest state is bundled up on the couch with 3 blankets and a million pillows? This kid is MISSING OUT on my blanket collection]

I’ve really wanted to add a lot more color, to tone down the brown. At least one accent wall, a really bright accent table, and some high contrast linens. Pinterest has been my happy place lately. So has IKEA. And Target. Of course, I don’t actually trust myself to go browse in a store, so I’ve used all of my restraint to keep my browsing and fantasizing to the internet. The ferocity of which I’ve been fantasizing about what I could do to this nursery has not been seen since I was pregnant. Seriously, I’m in full-on nesting mode right now… and my son was born 17 months ago. By the way, I swear I’m NOT pregnant.

I originally planned a space nursery, but never got around to painting the room. The only “space” elements are a wooden rocket ship decoration, a moon and stars mobile I hand-made, and a quilt [which isn’t even on display at the moment] that my grandmother made me when I was a child, which is blue and white with some really cute space fabric.

mobileHowever, I’m not committed to the space theme anymore, since I never did any kind of a mural on the wall. My original theme was going to be geometric/shapes, but I came across that rocket ship on Etsy, and changed my mind. Now I’m back in love with the shapes and colors.

I want to paint a multi-colored geometric accent wall. But that requires settling on a design!

geometric wallpaper geometric-wall geometric-wall-2 geometric-wall-3

So far, I’m leaning on photo #2, but I think I wouldn’t fill up the entire wall with triangles… I think I’d just do some abstract chunks of triangles along the wall, perhaps crossing over the corner to another wall and the ceiling.

Here’s some design inspiration:


1) SILLERUP rug, IKEA. $129
2) Peacock blue paint for the ugly end table makeover.
3) Microsuede chair cushion in Emerald, Overstock. $35
4) VÅRGYLLEN pillow, IKEA. $5
5) Geometric accent wall.

Other projects:
– Paint rocking chair black
– Do something about the really plain blackout curtains that take up a large chunk of the wall

I’ve been falling out of love with the blackout curtains we have, since they’re just a flat grey color. They make this giant blank square on the wall, and it makes the room feel… super plain. I think I’ll end up making some kind of vibrant patterned curtains to go over that wall, since it will not be part of the mural. It should help pull the room together a little bit. Maybe something like this!

curtainsI’m also working on another crochet blanket, probably about the same size (or maybe even bigger, but the stitches are tighter so it doesn’t stretch as much), and it’s a minty color. I’m in love with it! But I’m still only about 75% done with it… and I haven’t touched it in weeks.


An Ugly Table… With Potential

While going out for a run with my friend Tonja, and we found this table out at the curb with a bunch of other renovation junk like an old sink and some countertops. It’s round, with two levels, maybe 30 inches wide. It’s been pretty beat up, but it looks fairly sturdy. The wood just needs some resurfacing, those holes need to be re-filled, and a fresh coat of paint, and it’ll be good as new, I’m sure.


The top appears to have evenly spaced holes where perhaps some dowels stuck out to make a border around the top of the table? Perhaps so a lamp or a vase wouldn’t fall off if it got bumped. Someone ripped them out and did a sloppy job filling the holes. In the picture below, you can also see where the varnish has split open on the top. I’m willing to bet it’s from water damage. The second shelf is in perfect condition, just a bit dusty.


The top surface of the table is also splitting and cracking. It’ll need to be sanded. I haven’t decided yet if I’d like to stain it or just paint over it with a solid color. I’ve begun some light sanding by hand, and the wood underneath is surprisingly light colored… I’m guessing it’s birch, but to be honest, I’ve got no idea. It means if I want to go all the way with the sanding and resurfacing around the entire table, I could probably put a cute light grey stain on it.

We’ve had this table sitting in our living room for a few weeks. I think when it’s done, it’s going to go up in the nursery, and the second shelves are going to hold books. I’ve meant to hang some book shelves on the wall since before Sam was even born, however I have this phobia with putting holes in the walls unless I’m absolutely certain about wanting something to be there permanently. So, a table is a perfect option for book storage until I’ve committed to the nursery design.

The nursery is eventually going to get a makeover as well {but that’ll be an entire project in itself}

I’m currently debating on adding some kind of a black and white pattern to the shelves between the first and second tiers. The shape of it might make it difficult to trim peel-and-stick wallpaper to be flush with the curved edges. But this picture from spoonflower is EXACTLY the kind of thing I’m going for. High contrast to offset the beige walls – a bright color, with some kind of black and white patterned wallpaper to add some interest to the 4 vertical shelves.


Stay tuned for updates on this project! I can already tell it’s going to be an adventure.