UPCYCLED: RETRO END TABLES

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    Today’s edition of “Upcycled” is inspired by a set of cheap, plastic, 70’s-retro stackable end tables that we had lying around. These tables are the perfect size for a dorm room or cozy apartment or condo, where space is limited. We gave them a little face lift to modernize, neutralize and make them fit for any style of decor. Read on to find out how we did it!

     

    BEFORE

    70s retro stackable plastic end tables 70s retro stackable plastic end tables

     

     

    What You’ll Need: textured spray paint (we love the Krylon White Onyx Make it Stone); patterned scrapbook paper; Mod Podge adhesive; paint brush; Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer

    krylon spray paint - stone texture  Scrapbook Paper

     

    Instructions

     

    1) Wipe down the tables to ensure there is no residual dust. Take them outside and lay down cardboard or newspaper so that the spray paint doesn’t stain your deck / patio / grass / driveway. What we love about the Krylon textured spray paints is that no additional surface prep is needed. So, just spray away!

    Spray Paint Retro End Tables  Spray Paint Retro End Tables

     

    2) You WILL need to apply multiple coats to the tables (we did 3 total, but it depends on how thick a coat you want, and if you’d like to see any of the original color/material through the texturized paint). Be sure to let the first coat dry almost completely before adding another layer (30-45 minutes in the sun).

    Spray Paint Retro End Tables  Spray Paint Retro End Tables

     

     

    3) Next, you will apply your patterned paper to the top. Simply brush a layer of the Mod Podge onto the BACK (white) side of the paper and press down on top of the table. You will need to press out all of the little air bubbles to be sure the paper lies flat. Once it is adhered to the table top, apply another thick layer of Mod Podge over top of the paper (don’t worry, it will dry clear). Let it dry completely (1 hour in the sun).

    Stackable 70s retro end tables  Stackable 70s retro end tables

     

    4) Once the Mod Podge has dried, apply a coat of the clear acrylic sealer.

    Stackable 70s retro end tables

     

     

    AFTER

    Stackable 70s retro end tables

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