Friday, January 11, 2013

Revamped Magazine Rack and Kids Table

For my second New Years Revamp project, I tackled the most frequently used 20 square feet in our house - the area where the girls' play table sits in the living room! This little table has undergone a lot of wear and tear since my mom gave it to Stella when she turned 1. The girls use the table for eating, coloring, crafts, puzzles, you name it - on a daily basis.

Then there is this magazine / book rack that we took down from Stella's room to make way for Hazel's crib (yep, the girls are now sharing a room - more on that to come!). Anyway, the it needed a new home:
DIY-Book-Shelf
So I decided the area around the table could use a little revamp! I did two things for the space: 1) I dressed up the magazine rack with some gold striped oilcloth and hung it on the wall and 2) I gave the play table chairs a touch of glam by painting the tips of the legs metallic gold:
painting-a-chair
The whole idea for the project came about when we had to take down the rack (serving as a book shelf) in Stella's room. Do you remember this initial DIY book shelf makeover I did?

diy-book-shelf

Well, for the second incarnation of the magazine rack I did something very similar. However, rather than covering it with some pretty paper, I used the metallic striped oilcloth leftover from recovering our dining chairs.

diy-book-shelf

I like how using the fabric in both places helps visually tie our living room to the adjacent dining room:


I used the same technique to cover the magazine rack as I did in my initial tutorial, although this time I got out my handy cutting board and fabric rotary cutter to make sure I cut the rectangles nice and straight. I again affixed the panels to the magazine rack using some double sided tape, and it worked great!


As for the painted ('dipped') chair legs, I originally came across this idea a year ago in Better Homes and Gardens and Martha Stewart Living and blogged about it here. Well, better late than never to try out a project idea I saved, right?!

I was further inspired by this tutorial for dip dyed play chairs on The Land of Nod's blog (created by my blogging friend Julee). I just followed Julee's instructions here.

dipped-chair-legs

It was really simple - you just tape off the bottom of the legs with painters' tape and then apply some acrylic craft paint with a foam brush.

dipped-chair-legs

It took me about 6 coats with the metallic gold to get full coverage. The whole project took about 2 hours - although that was mainly drying time and me getting distracted by a 3 year old. ;)

dipped-chair-legs

Don't you just love pulling off the painters tape and seeing a nice straight line?!

dipped-chair-legs

And that is the living room revamp! Just don't look too closely or you'll probably pick up on all the marker stains and scratches on the play table. ;)

painting-a-chair

Update as of 9/4/2013 - the magazine rack is now being used in my new pink office and looks great!

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