Happy Spring Everyone! The weather is finally warming up, the flowers and leaves are blooming and its that time of year again for another amazing Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest! This April we were lucky enough to be sponsored by O’verlays. O’verlays are lightweight decorative fretwork that come in many shapes and sizes. They are paintable and are able to attach to furniture, mirrors, walls and glass using an adhesive. They’re great for dressing up a plain piece of furniture that needs a some wow factor!
If you surf Pinterest and other decorating websites and blogs, the idea of a vintage sewing table turned beverage center has been floating around for a while now. I love seeing all the different ideas out there and I always get the itch to make one myself. I purchased one last year and started to paint it but then I just got too busy with other projects to make something for myself. But once I heard that O’verlays was the sponsor for this months contest the wheels started spinning in my head and I knew exactly what piece I wanted to flip…the sewing table! I rarely get to paint anything for myself, so this was an especially sweet treat!
I looked all over to see if I had a before shot of my sewing table, but to no avail…I found this similar one on a google image search to give you an idea of what I started with. The sewing machine was removed from the opening in the center and I went to work.
This is the real sewing table! As you can see, its pretty similar to the one above. I started painting it gray and yellow, but I just wasn’t loving it. I just purchased new outdoor chair cushions from Ikea and I thought maybe I could use them as my inspiration piece! Using a pillow, rug, textile is always a great place to start when you’re trying to come up with a color scheme.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got the package from O’verlays. I had never used a product like this before, but I was ready for the challenge and so excited! When I received the package from Overlays, it was taped up so well, you needed a degree to open it!! But that’s good!! I appreciated all the care that went in to shipping it. It came with a brochure and instructions that were very easy to understand. I received one Jasmine panel which was 24×36 and 4 long strips to frame it.
The pieces come in white. You can paint them before you attach them but I decided to keep them white for this project. Here is the “Jasmine panel. It’s huge, and can cover a lot of area. I still have quite a bit left over.
This is a closeup of the outdoor cushions I purchased and I wanted to use the slate blue and dark gray colors with the white O’verlays for contrast.
I had some leftover paint from some other projects that I had done. Actually, the gray paint is a Behr color called “Smokey Wings” that was an oops paint I got for $5 at Home Depot!! The blue was a sample pot from Sherwin Williams. I made my own Chalk Paint using calcium carbonate that I purchase on Amazon. I add about one cup of cc and a couple of tablespoons of water to 1 quart of paint. Mix well.
The blue is a great match!
Before I started painting, I made sure to clean the piece thoroughly first with some TSP (tri sodium phosphate) and then I rinsed it with some vinegar and water. The TSP really gets off any gunk and build up. I let it dry, and I sanded the old paint down very well with 150 grit sandpaper to give it a “tooth” so the paint would adhere.
This was one coat of the gray on the bottom so far.
Here is the piece painted and ready to get Overlay’d!! I think the colors match the cushion perfectly!
All you need is a matte knife, a measuring tape, liquid nails or some other type of simple adhesive, that’s it, it’s so easy! Make sure to measure correctly before cutting though! Use the old adage, “Measure twice, cut once”! I probably measure 4 times just in case! I used a little piece of sandpaper to sand down the edges to remove the roughness.
You can spray paint this trim too! The options are endless!
This is the first side almost done. I love it!! I used liquid nails to attach the Overlays on there. I love the Moroccan design!
I decided not to paint them, because I loved how the white popped against the gray. Notice the trim all around the design. I glued the side trim, then the top then added the design piece and then the bottom trim.
Just the front piece to go, almost done! This project moved very quickly, once I got the hang of scoring and cutting the O’verlays, it was all up in about a half hour or so.
After the adhesive was dry, I made sure to seal the piece using a couple of coats of varnish so that I could leave it outside although I probably will bring it in if it rains, just to be on the safe side.
The sewing table originally had a little handle in the middle, but I filled in the holes with some wood putty and drilled a new hole in the middle to attach a different knob.
I love how this handle adds to the Moroccan vibe! I think I got this one at TJ Maxx.
And here it is! I just love how it came out! It works perfectly with my new cushions!! I can’t wait to entertain out here!
A better view of the side
For the time being I just used a basket I got from Ikea that was the right dimensions for the opening. I still need to buy an aluminum pan that will fit better inside the opening when I want to put ice and beverages in there. Most restaurant supply stores carry them as well as Amazon.
I can’t wait to entertain on my deck with my beautiful updated new beverage table! I love how it turned out!
Before and After!!
I highly recommend using these Overlays! They really give a piece personality and make something drab look totally fab! Give them a try!
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