I was inspired by several projects on Craftster to make a table for my sister's college graduation present, for her to put in her new house. I liked the idea of a resin top over something interesting and papery but I didn't know what to use. These projects were my inspiration:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244455.0http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234840.0
But neither project had a way to take a normal table that had no depression and to use resin with it... I ended up using wood moulding to make a place to fill with resin. I chose postal stamps because they were colorful, I think I used about 250 or 300 of them. Bought them on Ebay and got vintage ones from Germany, Indonesia and India. I ended up being like five stamps short though! Which sucked. So I used the stamps on the envelopes they came in, because I bought them from Canada and Sweden, and steamed them off the envelopes over a kettle, which worked great! So here's the amazing transformation... (PICS ARE AT THE WAAAAY END, skip down there first if you like, it's a long explanation.)
I started with an ordinary end table and sanded the top off and spray painted it a dusky pink.
Then I stained and nailed the wood moulding to the table. I recommend gluing it though, I ended up chipping the moulding with the hammer and having to use wood filler and then stained that too. Glue=much better.
After I glued the moulding, I glued the stamps to the table so they wouldn't float around when I poured the resin. I just used mod podge. I had to really space them out, I didn't buy enough.
Then I mixed up my resin and poured it over. I did this twice. I was originally going to fill it with resin until it reached the top of the moulding, but that would have been about $300 in resin. So I just did two coats and it looks fine. The resin made the vintage stamps bleed... I recommend using new stamps if you do this because the bleeding is rather unattractive. You can't notice it from far away though. Anyway, then I just let it cure and it was done! She loves it, I'm so happy!