Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thinking Outside the Box: Stencils [or not, actually]

Do you like my newly salvage savvy-ed tables??


I found these stacking tables for only $20 at a local thrift store. Cute and functional, yes. But just not the right color/look for my room. Sooooo, I changed them... and it only took couple hours for the whole project!


How did I do it so fast? Am I a super-hero stencil gal? No. [It would have taken me approximately 5 weeks to stencil them... yes, I'm that good at stencilling!] I just got creative, that's all. You see, I stumbled upon these placemats @ TJ Maxx [4 for $8].






However, when I saw them I didn't see placemats at all... I saw a perfect [and easy] way to dress-up my stacking tables! [On a side note: can you even imagine trying to clean these placemats after eating a real meal with real children? I'm seeing gunk in each and every crevasse... not kid friendly.] Ok. Now back to the business of savvy'n.

I simply measured-out my table tops & trimmed the placemats to fit.






Then I painted the tables white [see my Zebra Striped Table to learn tips for using spray paint on furniture]. Next, I spray painted the placemats [I really do like the green, but it didn't work in the room]. Finally, I had to wait for it all to dry completely [which is the hardest part for me], put the placemats on... and voila!! So easy. I thought outside the box and created a really fun look for very little $$ and very little time!

42 comments:

  1. Those are darling, what a clever idea! Love the look!!

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  2. it be cool, with putting and glass on top

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  3. These are adorable! Very fun, very fresh, and easy to change when the mood strikes :)

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  4. How creative! I love how your tables turned out.

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  5. These came out great - what a creative idea!! I featured you today in my Friday I'm In Love favorites!

    http://socialsalutations.blogspot.com/2011/08/friday-im-in-love-trash-to-treasure.html

    - Jenn @ Social Salutations

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  6. What a clever, clever idea!! I can't imagine trying to stencil that... this solution is so easy and right up my alley! Lovin' the contrast and pattern against the white.

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  7. So crafty! What a great idea to spruce up the top.

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  8. Wow, I think that is really clever, and looks great. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. What a great idea! Very clever I wonder how those placemats would work as an actual stencil :)

    http://designpardeux.com

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  10. These look amazing! Very clever! I love using stencils too, they're all over in my house! Great job!

    ~Jessa
    www.jessajill.blogspot.com

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  11. very cute.
    love what you have done!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  12. I found you on C.R.A.F.T., and I just LOVE what you did. I have to find those placemats!

    By the way, I am hosting a giveaway right now & would love to have you check it out!

    http://sunla-designs.blogspot.com/search/label/Giveaways

    Lisa!
    Your newest follower!

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  13. I have those exact placemats and thought they could be something more too :) I used them to make stencils for a pillow -love how you used yours!!!

    http://tatteredandinked.blogspot.com/2010/06/plethora-of-pillows.html

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  14. I adore this. I'm so pinning it! It looks fabulous! I thought it was a regular stencil at first. I'm actually doing a stencil giveaway right now if you want to stop by.

    http://www.hypheninteriors.com/2011/08/laundry-room-and-stencil-giveaway.html

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  15. What a great idea! I love how they turned out!!

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  16. What a creative idea, love the lattice pattern too. Hugs!

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  17. Really appreciate you linking up this awesome post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  18. These are fabulous! And I totally agree - no chance I'd use those as place mats. I love what you did with them.

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  19. How smart are you? Those look fabulous! I would love it if you had a chance to share this at my party, The Creative Spark. Pinning this!
    Jenn :)
    www.cleanandscentsible.blogspot.com

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  20. These are so cute! What a great idea to use placemats as a stencil. I'd love it if you'd stop by my blog and check out the giveaway I'm having for a Dremel Trio!

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  21. Very creative! That turned out really lovely. Thanks for dropping by BC Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party.

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  22. what a creative idea!! I can never find cool place mats like that! I think vinyl would work with a similar affect...great idea!!

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  23. I love the look! And the waiting is the hardest for me too ;) thanks for stopping by my blog, Connie...I'm following you back!

    http://wherenothinggoodcomeseasy.blogspot.com/

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  24. Wow, this is such a great idea! I have been wanting to try some stenciling! Thanks for the inspiration!

    I would love to have you share this at my link party, Show & Share--

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-2.html

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  25. I really really want to read your great blog but sadly the font and lightness of text is making it a struggle... in fact I get a headache if I persist.
    I haven't found a way to change it this end... is there anyway you might be able to darken the text at yours...
    It is so frustrating I want to be able to read all your advice...
    Sending smiles Cass

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  26. oooooh, love this! visiting from a beach cottage. bravo! come visit me anytime. :)

    michele

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  27. This is sooooo smart! Well done. The tables turned out beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. I hope you will link up again!

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  28. love this! so creative and it looks great!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  29. Very pretty and I love the pattern. So creative!

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  30. Great post! I just finished my own stenciled table. I linked your blog to mine. You have lots of good details!

    http://blog.denydesigns.com/BLOG/bid/92371/TRENDING-TUESDAY-Pick-Up-the-Stencils

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  31. SO VERY CLEVER!

    I'll be featuring your project tomorrow during STICKER TIME!

    Thank YOU for sharing!

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  32. Why didn't I think of that?! :) So smart. Looks great.

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  33. So cute! What a great alternative for your stencil also. Much cheaper than purchasing one.

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  34. This is why I love to read blogs! I never would have thought of this!

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  35. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)
    www.betweenuandme.com

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  36. What a great idea to use placemats! The tables turned out fabulous! Megan

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  37. I love this..I would never have thought of using placemats in this way!

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  38. What a clever, clever idea!! I can't imagine trying to stencil that... this solution is so easy and right up my alley! Lovin' the contrast and pattern against the white. medicine shoppe franchise review

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