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As time goes on you will find yourself seeing how much I like to recycle old stuff.


As our children get older, their tastes begin to change and that $40 table you just bought 1-2 years ago doesn't appeal to them anymore. This is a good way to make your children happy and even get a look you might not find anywhere else.



Upcycled Children’s Play Table

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Children’s Play Table

One of my best friends gave me this Disney princess table when she moved. I loved the shape of the chairs and the storage pocket in the center; however it was a little worn from use.

I decided to take on this DIY project, paint it, and “glam” it up a bit with a Hollywood Regency style. This do it yourself  project required painting it, adding seat cushions, a monogram, and a clear crystal knob. I had the primer, paint, and fabric from past projects already, so the total cost for this table and two chairs was less than $20.00.

Here is the after:

I decided to prime it first, even though the surface was already smooth due to the existing character design. I used a light sand paper to help remove a few old stickers, and cleaned the surface. Two coats of primer worked perfectly. When priming, make sure the paint is completely dry in between coats.

I painted both chairs and table with two coats of white paint. After is dried completely, I used painters tape to tape off my design. I painted the design, the storage cover, and the balls of the table legs and chairs blue.

After you paint is completely dry, I recommend painting the table top with polyurethane with at least two coats. It is added protection for it’s future marriage with crayons and markers!

Meanwhile, I used a circular wooden plaque, polyester fiber fill, and fabric for the seat cushions.

When stapling fabric onto the plaque, it’s best to keep the extra material and trim it after.

I glued the seat cushions to the chair with an extra strength wood glue and added a self adhesive monogram. I also added a few coats of decoupage medium to seal in the monograms.

Next, I reattached the storage bag and added a knob to the lid.

Here are some before and after pictures.

by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:05 AM
Replies (11-20):
AthenaGrace
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Wow, came out very nice.

lillucky8
by Jen on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Love it!
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LifeCafe42
by Nora on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM
That came out awesome!!!
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wandep
by Pam on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:20 AM

cute ideas :)

AzariahsMother
by Lynsey on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Very cute. 

boshs1andonly
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

I absolutely love this!!!

yvonne37
by Platinum Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

 What a great job!! I love doing projects like this... cant wait to have my garage back because I usually grab stuff for free on craigslist and give them a second life.

here is a desk I found and its sitting in my daughter's room.

 before

 after

I love wooden furniture... your paint job looks amazing!

yvonne37
by Platinum Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM

 I actually think your design looks much better then the original!  :)

EbonySnow
by Desiree on Mar. 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM

 nice job

mammapav
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Great Job !!!!

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