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Tape Measure Side Table

I have always had a thing for old tape measures and wanted to somehow apply it to a piece of furniture that needed some lovin!! Who am I kidding…. I have a thing for allllll old things! Sharing how I transformed a dated side table into a Tape Measure Side Table.
DIY Tape Measure Side Table | www.raggedy-bits.com

Tape Measure Side Table

Once this sweet table came along I decided to take the plunge with my tape measure fixation.
I went and paid a visit to Pinterest and went in search of some old tape measure images and came across this great blog Just Something I Made where you will find the tape measure printable that I used for this project! It can be also used as a Vintage Growth Chart. I would love to make one but both of my kids are all grown up now. Plus my son who is 19 and 6 foot 7 ……I don’t think they make one that big!! My sweet daughter on the other hand who is 18 missed out with the height, so I might be able to stretch it to fit! Ohh how time has flown and they have grown up soooooo quick!
DIY Tape Measure Side Table | www.raggedy-bits.com
Print the tape measure out onto thick A4 cardboard and cut off any white bits of card that show. If you’re not steady with a pair of scissors (like me) I recommend that you use a paper cutter to get a nice straight edge!
DIY Tape Measure Side Table | www.raggedy-bits.com
Mixing a Milk Coloured Chalk mix paint, paint onto the table top and then mint onto the back board and legs.
Using a sander 120 grit distress quite heavily letting the wood and the stain underneath come through.
DIY Tape Measure Side Table | www.raggedy-bits.com
DIY Tape Measure Side Table | www.raggedy-bits.com
I hadn’t antiqued anything for such a long time and decided to go back to my Prim painting days and try it on this table. To make your own Antiquing  Mix, mix equal parts of Jo Sonja Clear glaze medium and Jo Sonja Raw Umber paint into an old jar and shake to combine. Then  apply to the entire table using  an old soft tea towel that is slightly damp. I love the effect of the streaks that this method leaves behind and how it becomes old looking right before your very eyes.
DIY Tape Measure Side Table | www.raggedy-bits.com
Make sure when applying the Vintage Tape Measure that the stain was completely dried because when applying the Mod Podge I didn’t what the brush to remove the gorgeous Antique stain!
Applying a large amount of Mod Podge to the table top, A4 size amount at a time and then to the back of the tape measure I began to apply each A4 sheet, ensuring that I burnished each piece of card one at a time to remove any air bubbles.
DIY Tape Measure Side Table | www.raggedy-bits.com
Once the Mod Podge was dry, as this table top will probably be a high traffic area I decided to apply a wipe on poly to seal instead of wax, just to protect it a smidge more! For the rest of the table I used wax.

DIY Tape Measure Side Table | www.raggedy-bits.com

I finished the side table just in time for Fathers Day Market at Belgenny Farm, that’s the reason for the Father’s Day message on the Chalk Board!

Using a tape measure graphic and some Mod Podge, this old side table has been given a new lease on life. Full tutorial | www.raggedy-bits.com

As always it was such a pleasure watching this sweet table come back to life! But most of all seeing I love seeing my creations all happy in my lovely customers home!


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Using a tape measure graphic and some Mod Podge, this old side table has been given a new lease on life. Full tutorial | www.raggedy-bits.com

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  1. What a cute little side table Sam! I really love the minty tone you chose and the measure adds a lot of personality! Very unique, I haven;t seen this anywhere! Lovely!

  2. Oh, my, I can’t tell you how much I love this charming table! My mother is a talented seamstress and I think she would be thrilled with her own tape measure table. Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you so much Susan for your sweet comments!! Yes I’m sure your mum would love it too being a clever seamstress! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

    1. Thank you Anika for your sweet words! The side table sure was a fun project and I love trying to think out of the square! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  3. The table looks terrific. I have a notebook with a strip of ruler washi tape on the side, but it never would have occurred to me that a ruler design would work for furniture.

  4. Good morning, Sam.
    This is such a great idea for a side table or sewing table.
    I do not seem the find the tape measure graphic on the mentioned website? Could you help me out on this? I am renovating an old sewing machine table with a new top and would love to add some graphics on it. The table top will be 80 – 120 cm wide.
    Loved to find your website via Pinterest.
    Happy day,

    1. Hi, Jacoba 🙂 It’s about half way down the post and there are 3 parts to the download. Let me know if you have any further problems/ Good luck with your sewing machine!! Sounds like fun!! 🙂

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