"" Rendition Road: Glitter Checkers & Striped Table {2 projects-picture heavy}

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Glitter Checkers & Striped Table {2 projects-picture heavy}

Happy Tuesday!!
I've been posting just a little less than I wanted to as warmer weather
has allowed for getting things done outside lately. 
With this being the 1st spring/summer I've lived alone, I'm just now
learning how to adjust my time to get everything done around here.

In order to stave off becoming completely overwhelmed,
I've begun working on a list, breaking everything into 'categories' 
& noting how long each task takes.

A couple more weeks & I should have one final daily schedule
that allows adequate time for everything. Otherwise I'll keep running around like
a mad woman feeling like I forgot something...which I probably did ;)

So, speaking of managing my time; I should probably get to the project huh?
And BONUS...it's 2 projects in one!


This was done in late September when weather like this was the norm.
I picked this little bench up thinking I would keep it simple
& someone would buy it to use at the end of a bed or something.
But an idea struck as soon as I pulled it out.
My niece had recently spent a weekend with us & my mind was on 
all things girly.....something you don't see much around this house full of boys :)

I began to see something cute.....pink n' white maybe?......throw pillows....
oh snap!
Got it.........a checkers bench!!!!!
The checkers table in my own home STILL gets commented on all the time
& it's the 1st things the kids run to when they get here.
Perfect!
So it got primed with Kilz & painted with two coats of white.
I measured the surfaces & played in Photoshop to find the best layout.
Then drew on the checkerboard design.
I used a pink watercolor pencil for this so the lines would blend when finished. 
Worked like a charm!
Marked off a few chunky stripes on the bottom shelf while I was at it.
I used the Clark & Kensington paint from one of Ace's 
free paint giveaway weekends in the shade 'pleased as punch.'
Such a soft, pretty pink!
I got the parts I wanted pink all painted.
As that was drying, I went out to finish cramming more organizing some furniture in the shed.
While there, I saw this end table & immediately decided it would
make the perfect bedside table to match the bench.
It was given a fresh coat of white paint & measured out for.......
Chunky Stripes!!!!!
I thought besides just being pink; this would help pull the two pieces together.
While those dried, I designed & printed out the lettering for the bench
& went over the back of the paper with a pencil.
Got the words transferred on.........
and of course, AFTER I did that, I realized I had made a  mistake.
I should have gone over the back of the paper in my pink watercolor
pencil, but I was on a roll, so I didn't even think about it.

I filled in the lettering, took the tape off of everything & gave it all a light sanding.
This is what I was looking at as I sanded away......

Just looking at this makes me miss summer thunderstorms. 
So everything got a quick wipe down & I even squeezed in a clear coat before we got hit.

I wanted it to be durable enough to withstand all the 
acrobatics, fingernail polish, glitter & giggles any little girl could throw at it.

While everything dried........IN the shop, I grabbed the checkers game
I picked up from the dollar store {for the game pieces}
& picked out my fave spray paint....Krylon.

This was my first time trying the Dual so I was excited to see how it would do.


Of course I couldn't stop there so once dry, they got some glitter.


Some Mod Podge & a sprinkling of Martha Stewart glitter made them adorable!
Since I was going for durability though, I went one step further &
sealed the glitter in there with some crystal lacquer.


High shine & no loose glitter everywhere.

I found them a cute jar to nestle into & attached a wooden tag.
One side painted white with stamped pink letters & a touch of sparkle...........

& the backside layered in pink glitter then covered in 3-D lacquer.

Oh my gosh, I want to play with this :)

Let's call it finished before I find more fun things to tweak it with shall we??!!

I couldn't find the right baskets for the bottom shelf
for purposes of staging the photo so just imagine them there.

The chunky stripes on the bottom shelf of this bench match the end table perfectly.


The knobbed legs add such a cute touch to an otherwise plain table.

Finally....little distressing to go perfectly in that pink cottage bedroom.

And the end table.......
Simple-sweet-durable.

Some more shelves because you can never have too much storage!
Maybe perfect for more cute baskets or books or anything else
a little girl may want to keep nearby.
I almost taped off a chalkboard for the sides, but chose to stop while I was ahead.
I told you, I could keep tweaking this adorable set for-ev-ah!!!!

A little touch of pink in the medallions on the sides will have to do.
And the final shots taken as the storm clears out & the sun begins to set.

All in all, I'm glad I switched up my original plan to go this route.
I had so much fun working on these pieces & think they turned out pretty darn cute.






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