Through the kindness of a thoughtful ex-coworker, I had inherited one of those little IKEA laptop tables. At first, he lent it to me because my make-shift workspace was severely lacking in table space. But on my last day on the job, he said he considered it a “permanent loan.”
I hope he meant it! Cuz a few years later, I was severely lacking in outdoor porch furnishings, and I thought it was a good idea to throw some IKEA furniture out there.
I don’t have a photo of what a summer of crazy weather did to the table…
…But here’s what it looked like when I attempted to chisel off and sand down all the weird lumps and cracks it caused.
Here’s a close-up of the heinousness.
I was attempting to smooth out the tabletop so I could try to do something fun with it. Make the little table look fun and arty-crafty, rather than “the person who lives here is a cheap lazy bum.”
Since I enjoyed my first foray in to decoupage, I figured I try it again! Over the years I’d collected lots of little squares of patterns and images I like, and I thought this would be a great way to put them to use. So after attempting to sand the table, I painted the tabletop with some acrylic paints (I mixed up whatever colors were closest to me in my art stash), then I started gluing down squares of paper using Outdoor Mod Podge. I knew that the squares were different sizes and wouldn’t perfectly line up with each other, so I decided to follow my intuition on where to place each square, and leave the gaps where they naturally form.
I quickly realized I would soon run out of squares. So I spent a week hunting down and cutting out more squares from catalogs and magazines, and I printed some out from websites. Once the table was covered, I applied four thin layers of the Outdoor Mod Podge over everything.
And here it is, the table that went from “crappy” to “colorful” in just… well, three or four weeks.
Here’s a close-up of some of the squares. The table’s still a little lumpy underneath, but I’m hoping that the flurry of color and pattern will camouflage the bumps. And the bumps aren’t so big to cause a beverage glass or something to fall over, so that’s good.
It’s nice to have a crafty-colorful table out on the front porch now, and it also doubles as a cool background for picture-taking. Here’s an excellent example: My talented friend Tess made this adorably cute ceramic juicer! And the decoupage in the background emphasizes its sassy-ness. Way more than if I took a pic of it on my dirty kitchen table.
The Outdoor Mod Podge is sure getting put to the test the past couple of weeks. It’s been raining lots, and so far the table seems waterproof. We’ll see how it holds up throughout the summer!
Though it’s accompanied out there by other cheapy IKEA furniture, so who knows… maybe I’ll have to decoupage these chairs next.
This was a fun project, but now I really wanna make a resin table top. Or get a custom-cut piece of glass to cover up a tabletop. So many project ideas, so pitifully little time.