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« on: May 22, 2009 11:35:12 AM »

I was out yard saling awhile ago and got lost. I found a little burg I'd never heard of before, and a yard sale that was just about done. The lady told me to shop fast-the Goodwill truck was on the way. Everything there was either fifty cents or five bucks. She didn't have a lot I was interested in until I saw the table. Apparently it was her husband's UFO-it was all sanded and ready to go...three moves ago, to hear her tell it. Cheesy So I bought it.

I brought it home, scrubbed it good, painted in high gloss white (left over kitchen/bath trim). And there it sat. I was stuck. It was better, but boring. And then, in a thrift shop, I had an idea, and bought every old, beat up pattern I could lay hands on. I dug in the shed and found left over living room paint in pattern brown and painted the top, then I cut the front off the envelopes, and trimmed them with scrapbook scissors (to look like fancy stitches). Then I shuffled, shuffled, and shuffled some more, then mod podged the whole thing down.

And here it is in its new corner.

The patterns were all 70's/80's ish, although there were a few from both earlier and later. A few kids, but mostly adults. The white stripe across the front will be a 36" ruler just as soon as I locate my black paint marker.

Aaand...I'm not sure I like it. Good concept, bad execution? Just doesn't match the picture in my head? I dunno, something. It just needs something, I think, I just don't know what. I'm going to let it sit, see if it grows on me. Probably add another couple layers of mod podge-there are still some rough edges and slightly bubbled spots. It the meantime, my cutting mat covers most of it, so I don't have to worry about it snagging fabric, or fabric snagging it.


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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2009 11:39:33 AM »

i think it looks great both ways, which makes it versatile

if you arent sewing, or needing the mat, you can have the very attractive table top for everyone to look at

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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2009 11:53:17 AM »

what if you put down some of the sewing pattern pieces? They could make an interesting background for the colored covers...  Just a thought...

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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2009 12:01:46 PM »

Maybe you could try another thrift shop and buy more patterns. I think if you extended them all the way to the edge of the table it would give it a more finished look. I also liked what Snootzie said about the actual pattern pieces.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2009 12:26:38 PM »

I think it is agood idea! TO make it better you could also modge podge the tissue patterns all over, down the legs, around the edges of the pictures, and on the drawers.
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2009 01:18:25 PM »

I think you should decoupage the legs with the pattern pieces.   What a great score!

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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2009 04:15:32 PM »

I agree with everyone else.  You should add the patterns themselves, but I think I would add them only to the legs and drawer fronts.  Get more colored pattern envelopes to finish the top.

Anyway, it looks great the way it is.  Great find.

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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2009 03:52:26 AM »

I agree with everyone else-I'll start looking this week for more patterns to use to fill out the top. I'm undecided on using the pattern pieces themselves; I'll let that sit in the back of my head for awhile. Or, I just got a grotty old bookshelf out of storage to redo-I could do the pattern pieces on the shelves, see if I like it and if I do, do the table drawers/legs too.

In any case, thanks! Fresh eyes = fresh ideas.

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