A Thoughtful Place: Wayfair DIY Challenge

10.30.2012

Wayfair DIY Challenge

I was recently asked to take part in the Wayfair DIY Challenge. Wayfair has anything you could ever dream of for the home.  Of three different items, I chose the Furinno Espresso Living Coffee Table and was asked to transform it with my own style. We have a bonus room that serves many purposes. It is part playroom and part family hangout space. We have never had a coffee table in the room but now that our kiddos are getting older, the time has come! I ended up creating a reversible coffee table. One side boasts stripes for when we entertain and watch movies and the other side sports a checker board for chess & checkers. And get cozy as this post is anything but short!

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……………………… the before

…………………………. the after

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…………………….. the DIY how-to

The first step was buying trim and a piece of plywood from the hardware store. I measured the top of the table and had the 1/4 inch plywood cut to those exact dimensions.

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I tend to stay away from power tools so I used this trusty box to cut the trim. That’s about all I can handle!

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Whitecap Gray {Pantone} was the perfect taupe color to paint the trim. I wanted the trim. Two coats did the trick. I painted the large piece of wood white on both sides {two coats} so that I would have a fresh white basecoat from which to work.

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I have an abnormal fear of nailguns so my husband nailed the trim to the sides of the table for me. I made sure the trim was raised higher than the table {just the amount of the wood piece so that everything would be flush once together}.

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To create the stripes, I  measured out even spaces and taped them off. I gave the stripes two coats of paint using the Pantone color { Whitecap Gray }. I really like this paint for projects. After the second coat of paint, I peeled the tape off immediately to ensure clean lines.

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I wanted to keep some of the table in the dark espresso finish as it matches the  Expedits we have in the room. But to add some character to the shelf, I had a piece of acrylic cut to the exact proportions. I then used leftover fabric I had to place under the acrylic.

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To eliminate raw edges, I measured 1/2 inch larger on each side and then ironed over the hem and used iron on fuse tape. That stuff is so amazing for projects like this.

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I like the print that pops through and love that we can set anything down there and it won’t hurt the table.

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and another look at the before version of the table

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And I chose stripes so they would mimic the wall treatment I have behind the couch. I chose to keep the baskets as they were since the khaki color ties in so nicely with the room.

 

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When it is time to flip over the table you simply push your finger through a hole I drilled in the top of the table. By doing so, it pops the striped top up and you can flip it over to reveal the game table side.

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…………………………… ta- da!

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I gave both sides of the table three coats of poly-acrylic. The drying time in between coats on that is two hours so it was a long {but easy} process. I figure it will payoff as it is easy to wipe down and will protect the paint job.

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To make the checkerboard, I was pretty old school about it. I marked off an area that was 16 inches by 16 inches. This allows for a board with 64 squares { 8 x 8 } all measuring two inches. There is painter’s tape that is exactly 2” that I didn’t stumble upon in my garage until it was too late. That would have made the process a piece of cake. So after drawing the grid, you tape off half the squares to paint them. I peeled the tape off as soon as I gave it a second coat. Simple craft paint is all that I used.

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I picked up a stencil from a local craft store to add detail to each side of the board. I taped it down and used two coats of yellow craft paint. Each coat was very light so as not to bleed under the stencil.

 

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Once the squares were done, I taped off a very tiny line around the entire checkerboard to define the space. This allowed me to keep half of the squares white. I painted the trim around the board in yellow.

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And here is one last look of it with the striped side of the table showing. The kids are learning to play chess from their daddy. I have no clue how to play so I am sure these pieces are not where they are supposed to be! I will learn some day {in my free time!}.

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I am thankful to Wayfair for asking me to participate in this DIY challenge because we are now enjoying our new coffee/game table!  You can follow Wayfair on Pinterest and Facebook to see more of their products!

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{I was compensated by Wayfair in the form of a gift card from Giftcards.com to purchase the supplies for this project. All opinions are 100% my own. }

29 comments :

  1. WOW! That's a pretty awesome DIY project!! Love it!

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  2. Wow! You definitely rose to the challenge! It looks so much better and how fun to flip it around and have a game to play! Good job!

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  3. Very creative! Where do you get these ideas?!

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  4. This looks amazing! I love how you were able to make the table multi-functional! I had fun participating in the challenge as well! I can't wait to see all the other projects.

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  5. Amazing! I love the paint job and the reversibility...works so perfectly in your playroom!

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  6. That is such a fun project! So you mind giving us the budget breakdown? I'd love to know if this was feasible for me to do.

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  7. The entire thing looks so great but I'm especially loving the game side. Great idea!

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  8. Wow, what an awesome project! You killed it and I love how it doubles as a game table!

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  9. Way to go. This looks amazing! Who knew there was a board game under there.

    Lura
    x

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  10. Love the versatility of the table! Good job!

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  11. Are you serious, C?! You always hit it out of the park. This is great. Stylish, fun and of course I love that you did it yourself (but it sure doesn't look like a "craft project"!)

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  12. You did such a great job with this! Fingers crossed that I finish mine today - YIKES!

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  13. Fabulous and fun Courtney! Great table. I love that your kids are learning to play chess, too. I could never sit still long enough to learn when I was young. I still need to learn how to play!

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  14. What a great idea! I seriously don't think I ever would have thought to have the table be double-sided for different purposes. Way to go!! :-)

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  15. Now THAT is an incredible idea! I love the versatility and that it is a chic table by day, game table by night! Genius my friend! And of course, it is styled beautifully!

    xo!
    Jen

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  16. i love this idea of making the coffee table a game table! i might just have to do something like this...thanks for the idea! :)

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  17. I absolutely love the table! That is so cute and clever! Great job! :)

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  18. Amazing! I love it. Quick question.. how does the table flip to the other side? I don't see the hole you drilled on top (on the finished table).

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  19. Oh my goodness...you're SO creative!! The coffee table looks 1000x better now!! And much more functional too!

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  20. Daaaaang girl, that is a lot of work! great job, and so fun to have a game table top!!! I'm impressed you even own a nail gun, I think I need one. for John to use. ;)

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  21. Wow! That came out fantastic! I especially love that it's a game board too- totally genius! It looks 100 times better than the original.

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  22. You did a great job on that little table! You've inspired me to do something with the big, heavy, old table we have in the basement living area.

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  23. LOVE what you did with the game board. Smart cookie! It looks a million times better than the original.

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  24. Such a clever idea! Just pinned it :)

    xo
    cristin

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  25. I am just catching up on blog reading, and I have so much to say! First of all, you look stunning in your Chicago pictures! Perfect outfits! :) Secondly, I l-o-v-e this table!! What a fun idea! You took the challenge to a whole other level, and it looks incredible! Good job!

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  27. I am a bit delayed on this...but WOW!! So beautiful!! Great job.

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