Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Operation: Coffee Table

When we left Colorado, we had to leave behind one of my favorite pieces of furniture, a large coffee table that Kyle and I had made together the first summer we were married. It’s something that used to receive tons of compliments (and even offers to buy it!) but it was just too big for the truck and too big for our new, smaller apartment. We’ve been making do with a small used coffee table from the thrift store. But YESTERDAY, I was inspired to recreate our first coffee table on a smaller, more apartment-appropriate scale. Thought I would share the before and after pics with you! This is an easy, inexpensive project and turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself.

Coffee table: $6.99, Goodwill
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Mod-Podge decoupage glue and foam brushes: $7.77, Hobby Lobby
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 Second-hand books to cut up: $13.41
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I went through and chose images with color, texture, and text that resonated with me. Then I cut, tore, and ripped them out of old books from the thrift store.
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This project is fun for me because you can be so liberal with your use of glue. The most important thing is overlap things, to layer contrasting images or colors, and to press in the creases with the end of the brush or the side of your finger.
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The finished product! Total cost: $28.17 and 5 hours.
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Anyone else doing any fun DIY projects this summer?

6 comments:

Karm said...

So interesting and creative. Hmmm I want to make my own photo frames...

Jenni @ Story of My Life said...

Elizabeth that looks SO AWESOME!! Great job! :)

Sarah (Not Her Real Name) said...

This is so cool. I'm definitely going to try it sometime. Hopefully sooner than later.

lauren nicole said...

so awesome!!! i can't wait to try this sometime!

(try being the operative word..)

;)

Bethie said...

I know I told you already, but I started collecting comic books so I can make a comic book coffee table just like this! I'll send a picture when I get done with it!

Emry said...

Oh my GOODNESS! We are so connected! Jer and I--inspired by your thrifty-delightful decor--talked about doing something JUST LIKE THIS to our table when it's no longer visually pleasing.

But yours turned out so great, I might be moving up that project.

Oh, and my summer projects include:
-finding new planters for all of Jer's greenery
-Comic book coasters
-And finding fun prints to hang on our barren walls.

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