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Topic: Calvin and Hobbes TV Tray  (Read 5067 times)
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« on: October 12, 2009 01:59:03 AM »

I bought a standard wooden TV tray at a yard sale for the bartered price of $1.  It was structurally sound, but the top was water stained and scratched.  "I shall decoupage this..."  I thought.  And I thought and I thought and I thought...  for weeks I was undecided about what sort of design I wanted.  Luckily, I remembered that we had some Calvin and Hobbes collections in the basement.  This is my fiance's all time favorite comic strip.  And so, from a water damaged book destined for the trash pile....   

At first, I was going to use color strips only, but the book didn't have much to choose from and most were of Calvin's daydreams.  The artwork is fantastic, but not instantly recognizable as Calvin and Hobbes.  The black and white strips, on the other hand, where iconic and much more visually interesting than I had realized.  I chose strips based on visual interest and variety.  I wanted to include an example of many of the scenes in the strip...  home, school, fall, winter, spring, summer. bedtime, bathtub...  There was just so much to try to fit in on one small table! 

My fiance, who is often annoying by my projects (the space they occupy, more so than the crafting itself) really likes it.  Here's a few more pics...


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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2009 03:51:52 AM »

It looks great.
I like the black and white.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2009 03:59:32 AM »

Very cool! I have been dying to deco myself but haven't found the right object to cover.We actually have a set of tv trays with its own stand. I wanted to get rid of them, but I think I will definitely try my hand at it...Very Nice job! Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2009 06:39:27 AM »

Very cool! You have also inspired me...some of my furniture is quite boring. What do you use as a "sealant"?
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2009 02:29:37 PM »

Thanks!  So far, I've only used Modge Podge for the whole thing, but I plan to do something more waterproof on the top. 

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2010 05:58:31 PM »

I love Calvin and Hobbes. And Modge Podge. And your table!

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