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« on: September 08, 2008 03:46:56 PM »

I have been working slowly on this table for most of the summer (having two small children makes the process go slower than it should). Here is a glimpse of what I made...


It all started when we decided that we had to abandon our table since space is limited in our lives. My sister had a table for us and we would receive it after she got married in June. However, when we finally got her table it was so bulky and horrible! My husband got a gigantic splinter from carrying it into our house, so we had to reject it. Too much work, too big, to hazardous for the youngins. so, after being let down and having waited for months, we hopped over to the local Goodwill and purchased a new table for $10. It was the plainest table that you could imagine... wood colored laminate and a single black pedestal to hold the thing up. I painted it with primer and got to work...
this is the only before picture that I have (after I painted it)


After searching town for a cheep way to get tiles (I did have 9 square feet to cover), I  turned to the internet, where I found a great deal on wholesale tiles. I only paid $20! I got inspiration for the table top from a vintage fabric that I saw online once.
In progress...


tiling complete:

Every time I see this table I will think of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" since we were on binge of watching that show at the time I was tiling...

So, after it was tiled, it sat in my kitchen for several weeks until I worked up the balls (and energy) to grout it. We don't really have any outside space (other than the patio that overlooks the parking lot. I don't love people staring at me while I am trying to work on something), so we had to do it in the living room...
Post grout:


Now, since I do have two small children who love to slather their dinner/markers/paint all around, and I did not want to be scrubbing grout 8 times a day, I decided to resin the table to make a smooth, easy wipe surface.
The table sat on my patio for weeks since that would have to be the location of the resining (toxic fumes and all). unfortunately, being monsoon season, I was terrified to resin it since there would most certainly be a dust storm the moment that I poured the resin. So, I waited and waited until I just decided to do it... then there was a dust storm about an hour after I resined it. Hubby and I had to scramble to get it inside. There is one fraction of a leaf imbedded in the table. I left it there because I thought it was funny.
We had to do another coat of resin, so we took it to my parent's house to utilize their garage... it was way easier.

Here is the table with it's glass-like resin finish:



none of my chairs match even a little bit... someday I will fix that...

Another top view:

it is hard to take pictures of shiny things...

And here is the baby sitting at the finished table:


Sorry for the extreme length of this post. I feel like this project was epic for me so I am purging it from my body with this narrative.
Thanks for looking! Comments/questions welcome!


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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2008 03:50:41 PM »

you've done an awesome job!
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2008 03:57:09 PM »

i love this. what a beautiful finished project.
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2008 03:59:49 PM »

Amazing job!  I love the colors and the design. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2008 04:01:47 PM »

Thanks everyone! I am really happy with how it turned out! It is super functional too, and for 35 bucks total, it is also a steal!
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2008 04:10:10 PM »

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Now, since I do have two small children who love to slather their dinner/markers/paint all around, and I did not want to be scrubbing grout 8 times a day, I decided to resin the table to make a smooth, easy wipe surface.
amen, brilliant and this rocks!
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2008 04:18:09 PM »

Amazingly gorgeous table.  The work you did on this is nothing short of awesome.
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2008 04:26:55 PM »

Stunning! Cheerful! Sooooo smooth and shiny!  I'm gobsmacked and can't think of exactly what to say, but it's all good stuff except one question: mind sharing your internet source for cheap tiles?
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2008 04:29:22 PM »

This is gorgeous!!!
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2008 04:38:01 PM »

Stunning! Cheerful! Sooooo smooth and shiny!  I'm gobsmacked and can't think of exactly what to say, but it's all good stuff except one question: mind sharing your internet source for cheap tiles?

I would love to share!
I got them at http://store.mosaictilearts.com
The guy was very nice and their prices are so reasonable (including shipping, which is rare these days)!
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