Make a table from a placemat? You bet! And it gets even better when the pieces are repurposed from the thrift store and paired with a little imagination.
What’s better than a thrift store repurposed project?
Well, TWO thrift store repurposed projects, of course!
This week I’m sharing a second project from thrifted cork backed placemats, designed by two talented readers. (You can catch the first project here.)
I picked up a trio of outdated placemats at one of my local thrift stores last year, and not being sure what to do with them, added them to my collection of thrifted treasures until I did decide. Last month I threw them out for suggestions and got three great ideas!
Placemat #2 Gets a Project
Terry’s project idea was to use one as the top for a deck or patio table. I loved her idea and began thinking of how to best make a unique base.
Terry suggested maybe upcycling an existing table base. I thought that was a great idea and made a run to the thrift store in hopes of finding one that would work – no success.
But I had a back-up plan! I decided it would be fun to repurpose 4 candle holders that would function well as table legs – and find them at the thrift store. Strike 2.
Not to be outdone by a bad thrift store day, I considered using a lamp base because my favorite thrift store always has plenty lamps. And that was strike 3 because nothing that was there would do.
It was time to make a plan four, so I headed home and began rummaging around through my supply of previous finds. Nothing was working until I remembered this:
I loved it the moment I had seen it and was planning to give it a coat of paint, buy a candle, and use it as it was intended. But the more I thought about this project (and was running low on ideas to boot), the more I loved the idea of repurposing it instead. Plus, It would make a good companion for the repurposed lamp planter too.
It still got that coat of paint though. 🙂 I used my favorite paint color these days: Rust-Oleum’s metallic oil rubbed bronze.
One day I’m probably going to find a new favorite, then it’s going to be game-on with a major re-painting frenzy!
For the Top:
Terry’s idea was to decoupage the placemat with a map or picture, weatherproof, then attach to a table base.
I decided to use fabric because I already had this fabulous scrap from a previous project that would work perfectly.
Before adding it, I did give the placemat a cleaning up, sanding, and two coats of an ivory craft paint. Even though the floral pattern was pastel, it still showed through the fabric in some places. The paint fixed that right up!
Enter Mod-Podge. Don’t you just love it?
First I coated the surface and edges of the placemat, then attached the fabric, rubbed it smooth, and folded the edges onto the back.
After it was dry, I gave it a second coat on both sides and along the edges to weatherproof it. I plan to keep it in a covered area so it doesn’t catch direct water when it rains, but it still needs to be protected from the humidity, which we have loads of!
So yes, nearly every day is a “bad hair day”. 🙂
Back to the Base
In the meantime, it was time to work on the base again.
I love the idea of a pedestal base, but it does present a small issue – stability. Or rather, lack thereof!
My solution: add some wooden supports. I rummaged around in Tony’s shop and found some scrap piece that would work perfectly.
I’m a chop saw ninja! (translation: it’s the only big power tool I have learned to use, and let’s be real – it’s simple.) Two chops later and I had a couple of nice little supports for added stability.
I sprayed them to match the stand – and failed to take a picture of it – but they are indeed metallic oil rubbed bronze now.
Putting it Together:
Finally, I attached them with gorilla glue, then attached the placemat to the supports and 24-ish hours later…
a thrifted $3 candle stand and $1 placemat is now a patio table.
Don’t miss the final idea – also from Terry – for using these thrifted cork backed placemats.