Thursday, February 2, 2012

the DIY: NEON STRIPED COFFEE TABLE

As you can see... this table needed some help. Casey had this table all painted yellow and when it didn't live up to her expectations... she started chipping the paint away (off of the top.) Soon enough we bought some spray that made it 1000 times easier to get the paint off. With a blank surface of a table, we decided to take advantage of the situation and spice it up a little... with neon colors. I'll give you a step by step of how we did it.
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Start off with a stripped down table surface. (As you can see, we didn't really care about taking the paint off of the legs- our focus is on the top.)

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Sand the table down really well.

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Paint the legs/ bottom of the table. We used neon yellow spray paint.

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When the bottom has dried, tape off the top of the edges of the top of the table.

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We stuck computer paper to the backside of the tape to make sure we didn't get any paint on the bottom of the table. If you can do without, more power to you. WE. ARE. CLUMSY.

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We spray painted the top of our table gray, let it dry a little and then removed the tape and paper.

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For our table we wanted to do a series of diagonal stripes weaving in and out of each other. These were the first two I did. I just took a yard stick and marked two lines, and with a paint brush, painted in between the two lines. The next few pictures will be just showing you the colors we did and how it progressed. It took a while since the paint had to dry every time I put a stripe down.

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Many layers later, this is what our table looked like. We finished it off with two clear glossy coats of paint and here are some pictures of the finished product below. (The neon colors really don't show up very well in the picture.)

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This is just a glimpse of what we are working on in the living room. We are still working hard on fixing it up without spending a whole lot of money. Stay tuned to see what has changed next!

9 comments:

  1. OMG This is so pretty and very creative. Awesome DIY, just loving it.
    It would look amazing in my living room.
    Thank you for this post.

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    1. You should do it! We love this table so much! Thanks for the love!

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  2. Have you wondered about applying a first coat of white, be it paint or primer ?

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    1. Yes! For the bottom of the legs we actually did put primer down first (it was a white spray paint primer) and then spray painted it with the neon yellow. For the top we sanded it down really well so we wouldn't have to use primer (we didn't want to have too many layers) but a white primer would definitely work and make the colors much much brighter!! Before we re-did the table there were too many layers and everything stuck to the table, which is why we had to fix it up in the first place.

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  3. Wow, this is so cool and creative. It looks fantastic! Great blog!
    xx, Kels

    www.misscouture17.blogspot.com

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  4. That's a cool and stylish coffee table. It's good to have a modern style coffee table in the living room. This is one of the DIY projects that I need to try making as well. I look forward to seeing more of your useful DIY projects.

    Contemporary Coffee Tables

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  5. This is a stylish and very creative coffee table indeed. I would love to do this on my coffee table as well. I love the colors too. Anyway, I wonder if I could do this style on some of my wicker outdoor furniture. It's good to have a colorful furniture in the garden, right?

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  6. It came out amazing! Curious though, why prime it grey instead of white?

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  7. In my design class we're making hand painted floor mats and I used this technique! Super cute(:

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