DIY THURSDAY: CHECKERS ANYONE?

Happy Thursday my dear friends! I just finished a fun little something this afternoon that I’m anxious to show off…

Checker Table Unfinished

(Don’t worry – this is the before picture!)

I picked up this table months ago and as I tend to do, left it neglected in a far corner of the house until I felt the creative motivation to actually do something with it. I finally felt the motivation yesterday, and with a very vague idea in mind, went to work.

It’s difficult to tell the exact size of the table from the picture above, but it’s actually quite odd – too small to be an end table and too big and bulky to be a plant stand or miscellaneous corner table….what in the world was I to do with it?

The line detail on the top of the table gave me the idea to transform this awkward little thing into a checker board table. Without a color scheme in mind, I started off by painting the entire piece in white – my go-to color when I’m at a loss and without a strategy. I suppose it just gives me that blank canvas I need to get the creative juices (hopefully) flowing!

Once the piece was nice and white, I measured the top, calculated the measurements so my checker board would be evenly centered (3” from each edge), and then created a 12×12 square in the center, marking each individual square at 1.5”. I then taped away using Frog Tape – my first time using this particular brand and it really does work far better than the usual blue painter’s tape. I highly recommend!

Checker Table Taped

Once the piece was taped to my liking, I decided to paint one set of squares in Annie Sloan’s “Louis Blue” while leaving the other set white, which also meant that I would have to repaint the current white border in a contrasting color…

So with a bit more taping, re-taping, and more than a few disgruntled moments, I finished painting all of the squares to my liking and created a custom light grey for the border, which I also used to paint the rest of the table.

After a bit of distressing and detailing, I’m actually happy with the finished product!

Checker Table

Checker Table 2

The perfect little game table. Now I just need to find (or make) complementing checker pieces! Any ideas?
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FEATURED PARTIES AND A HUNK OF JUNK TRANSFORMATION

Hello my friends! I’ve been a bit absent the last few days due to some recent travel, but I’m back with a couple of goodies up my sleeve!

First, I want to thank Kim from Made In A Day and Katie from Katie’s Nesting Spot for featuring my barn door to coat rack creation!

Barn Door Complete

I would highly recommend checking out their blogs for some fun and quirky craft ideas – and if you have any fun and quirky crafts of your own, you should definitely link up to their weekly “linky parties.” Thanks Kim and Katie – I look forward to seeing many more amazing ideas and inspiration!

Made in a DayPhotobucket

Next, since I missed last Thursday’s DIY post, I wanted to show you a little something I was working on while in DC…

Now, I definitely had a great time visiting with friends and family, but there was an underlying bittersweetness to the trip that was difficult to shake off – a dear friend of mine is moving to Boston in just a few days and I was specifically there to see her off with a few more good memories before she totes herself 400 miles uptown.

A few days prior to my arrival, this dear friend asked if I’d be willing to paint a small bookshelf that came her way via her grandfather – one of the few furniture pieces that will be moving with her – and of course, how could I possibly say no? So with hand sander and paint cans in tow, I drove up a couple of days early to get to work.

Let’s just quickly say, the piece wasn’t in the best of shape…

MAF Bookshelf Original

Eek!

…but it was small and compact and, thanks to the electric sander I brought with me, fairly easy to sand down. With a little bit of wood filler, a can of Annie Sloan Old White, a few strands of Frog Tape, a custom mixed pop of color, and A LOT of love, I transformed this hunk of junk into something with a little more personality:

MAF Bookshelf Finished

MAF Bookshelf Finished Macro

Perfectly fitting for my friend, I think – a solid foundation with a punch of color and quirkiness. Hopefully she agrees!

Lastly, don’t forget to send in your “Pets on Furniture” pictures for a chance to win a care package courtesy of moi (that would be me), Simon (my cat), and Mattie (my pup). The winner will be featured in tomorrow’s post.

Cheers!