Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Finally - Finished Marbled Paper Table!

Not only did it take me a long time to finish this table, it took me just as long to post about it. You may remember back in early October I bought this great 3 tiered table for $10 at a yard sale. Instead of just painting it Farrow & Ball's Shaded White, I decided to paper it with marbled paper by Renato Crepaldi from Paper Mojo. As you can see, I didn't use a very exacting method to cut the paper.
...this pic reminds me of the great weather we had this fall.Here's the finished table. Since I was just slightly shy of having enough to cover the entire top, I trimmed it with gray ribbon. Each layer of paper was "glued" down by using Artists Acrylic Medium - which is somewhat thinner than Modge Podge and used by collage artists. I have no words of wisdom as that whole process did not go well. The paper was so large that it would catch, wrinkle and come close to tearing. After it was all saturated, I had to cover it with a plastic bag and stack it with books in order to squish the paper flat! Because I was concerned about the state of the paper, I bought a piece of acrylic from American Frame to cover and protect the top. In retrospect, I wish I hadn't glued the paper to the top and just placed it under the acrylic. I skipped polyurethaning the other 2 shelves as the acrylic medium has properties that protect the paper from average use.
Here's a blurry pic showing the wrinkling. It's not real obvious to anyone looking but, of course, I know it's there.
A closer shot showing the ribbon trim.
Here it is as my bedside table (sorry no natural light when I took this photo.)


Table - $10
Marbled Paper - $45
Acrylic piece for top - $ 13

Total: $63


Denise said...

This table is gourgeous and looks high end! Great job!


pve design said...

Is it for sale? I love it....wrinkles and all.

Boxwood Terrace said...

The table looks great, Michele. The paper colors and pattern are beautiful. Paper Mojo has the best papers--sometimes I just browse the sight for awhile. By the way, is your carpet seagrass? I like it very much.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

You did a fabulous job! I love it for a night table.
Thank you for sharing.

Hartwood Roses said...

I thoroughly identify with projects that drag on and on. You are in good company in that regard. When the result is as good as your little table, who cares how long it takes?

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

I remember your post about this project! The end look of this table was certainly worth the effort, love the ribbon edging, at first I thought it was thin stripes of wood framing. It is a wonderful touch, enjoy!

Anonymous said...

The table itself was lovely and you just kicked it up ten notches. I really adore the marbled paper, the colors are beautiful! And the ribbon edging really makes it all look so pulled together...improvising can be a wonderful thing ;)
Ciao ~ Eva

Jenny Castle Design said...

LOVE IT! Fantastic before and after!!

Party Resources said...

Wow! Fabulous!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

It looks soooo good! Fabulous job!

Rene said...

It looks like a high end table now. Love the ribbon detail!


Ashley said...

So beautiful! The ribbon trim looks fantastic, too!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Nice job!

Anonymous said...

Love it! You are simply amazing!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I have been wanting to try a marbleized paper project. Yours is beautiful, and I'm newly re-inspired!

Danielle said...

It's did an awesome job!!! Love before and afters like that!! And no one else in the entire world has it, but you!!

Fiona Cartolina said...

Great job Michele!
And Happy New Year!

Inspirational Sketchbook said...

Aren't you the crafty one! You get a 10 for both creativity and execution! Roxanne

Nancy said...

Very cute! Love the choice in paper and the color.


Blue Muse said...

You are one talented cookie, Michelle! I love that pattern - beautiful and so mesmerizing!

Happy new year!
xo Isa

Anonymous said...

Great job! It's fabulous~

AnneHH said...

Love it!! Very Martha and, to me, that is the highest compliment!!


pretty pink tulips said...

THAT is impressive!!! Incredible - love that marbled paper. So elegant. And I love how your dressed your table!!

xo Elizabeth

Design in the Woods said...

Nice! I love giving old items a facelift. It looks beautiful.

Preppy Little Dress said...

i left something for you over on my blog:


Renee Finberg said...

doesn't it feel great when you can sit back and enjoy a job
'well done?'
it your job,
and it came out stunningly.


Karena said...

Michele I think it is gorgeous!! What a lot of work though.

I have a three tired cart I want to do something special with, so you have given me some tips and inspiration!!

Also, I have a Great New Giveaway from Blydesign! Come and enter!

Art by Karena

quintessence said...

How fabulous. Makes me wish I were actually handy!!

The enchanted home said...

Wow I am impressed. First great blog! Second that was so creative and well done. I love the custom look...very "bespoke".
Please check out my new blog if you have time about the building of our new dream home and my love for design and decor. Thanks!

House and Life said...

It looks terrific!

TLC_Designs said...

This table looks great - the wrinkles are easily hidden by a decorative accessory ;) Marbleized paper is so gorgeously Florentine. LOVE IT!

*Tania @

for the love of a house said...

it turned out great!
ahhhh hindsight! yes, I can see where it might have been easier to just put the acrylic on top.... I think those "are" your words of wisdom!!

happy weekend!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

The impact that this table gives is amazing compared to the investment made. I adore it.

Fabulous job!

Stitchfork said...

The table looks fabulous! Great colors.

Windlost said...

Gorgeous! Great work. I would NEVER have got around to doing that project. ;0

xo Terri

Fifi Flowers said...

What a FAB project! Love those kind of finds!

Brad said...

Great idea! The table looks nice, good job!
Brad Fallon

LiveLikeYou said...

That's fantastic!! What a clever idea to put that wallpaper on it. Looks super chic and expensive.

Deborah said...

wow! what a change. I love that table.

Lisa said...

Well would you look at that!
Thank you so much for posting this.
I was just about to paper mâché.
This is WAY more fun!
xo Lisa

kayce hughes said...

So perfect! I love marbleized paper.

Chris said...

This is wow. Great job.
Seattle Real Estate

LindsB said...

What a beautiful table- I love that paper you picked out and I would have never noticed the wrinkle :)


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