Living in a small apartment has its challenges. My boyfriend and I live in a small one bedroom apartment downtown, which doesn’t leave any room for a dining room table. Although we have a small bar cut-out (that doubles as our kitchen counter) most nights we end up eating on the couch. I wanted to find some nice TV stands so we could comfortably eat our dinners without a real table. My boyfriend’s Grandmother was generous enough to donate two TV stands she had from an old set from the 40′s.
They’re in great condition although the faux wood veneer looked a little dated. I wanted to give them a little facelift with a fresh coat of paint and some decorative paper on the tops.
I spray painted (with a mask, always use a mask when spraying anything) the bottoms in a hunter green colour instead of the original dark brown. The tops were primed so none of the old woodgrain pattern would show through the paper once I pasted it on the tops.
I traced the tops and cut the papers a little larger than I needed so I could exactly trim them once the tops were glued on. I wanted to make sure that they were covered right to the edges. After pasting the papers on the tops of the stands they were covered in several coats of lacquer to protect them. I wanted to make sure they would be usable, wipeable, and spill proof. I used a low-fume spray lacquer. I found that with the spray some of the smaller fibres lifted a bit making the surface a bit bumpy. I used a fine steel wool to smooth out the tops in-between coats.
I used the Katazome 35 (above left) and Katazome 187 (above right). Now we have matching his and her’s TV tables. Try reclaiming something of your own with some beautiful paper.