Project Two: Lepidoptera Table

before after
Before and after

Found Item: Oldish two-tier laminate side table.

Where: We went to play tennis at Leahy Park in Evanston (across from the VFW!) and there it was, practically begging me to come over and check it out.  It was in the alley that runs parallel to the tennis courts and looked as if somebody had recently cleaned the garage and put the table out in front of it in hopes someone might come upon it and cart it home. I was the sucker.

sticker detailThe Process: Light sanding took care of the thin old finish, then I brushed on a coat of  yellow satin paint, followed by a glaze with a little varnish mixed in, and it worked.  The   butterflies are stickers I purchased.  Last, two clear coats of water-based polyurethane.

Materials: Behr Goldenrod satin finish paint, Ralph Lauren water-based glaze, two sheets of stickers from the Paper Source, Minwax satin water-based polyurethane.

Do you call it a night table or night stand? Either way, it works.

Do you call it a night table or night stand? Either way, it works.


4 Responses

  1. I love your projects..all of them.
    My question is: what sort of glue did you use to glue down the tiles on your mosaic table?

    • Hi Janis,
      I used generous amounts of my go-to glue, Elmer’s white, then waited a day for it to cure before applying the grout. It worked, but I’ve since read about usinga tube of caulk for the tile glue and wish I’d tried that. Putting a dot of caulk in each tile sounds tidier than little puddles of glue, and it costs pennies.

  2. I love this project! I’m actually writing about it on my blog today. Thanks so much.

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