How To Paint A Tape Measure Side Table

How To Paint A Tape Measure Side Table

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
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.

 Tape Measure Side Table

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

Supplies needed:

DIY Tape Measure Side Table | www.raggedy-bits.com
Step 1 – 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
Step 2 – Mix your  Farmhouse White 1:1 with water and then using your brush paint onto the table top. Give 2 to 3 coats depending on the desired coverage you would like.  Repeat the process with Lucketts Green onto the backboard and legs. Again give 2 to 3 coats depending on your desired coverage.
DIY Tape Measure Side Table | www.raggedy-bits.com
Step 3 – 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

Antiquing time

Step 4 –  Apply the antiquing mix to the entire table using a soft lint-free cloth 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
Step 5 – Make sure when applying the Vintage Tape Measure that the stain is completely dried because when applying the Top Coat you don’t want to remove the gorgeous Antique stain! Apply a large amount of Top Coat to the table top, A4 size amount at a time and then to the back of the card stock. Apply each A4 sheet one at a time, ensuring that you burnished each piece of card one at a time to remove any air bubbles.
DIY Tape Measure Side Table | www.raggedy-bits.com
Step 6 – Once the Top Coat is dry,  apply the tough coat to seal to the table top and also to the legs.

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 I love seeing my creations all happy in my lovely customers home!

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36 comments

  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! 🙂

  3. This is amazing!!! I love the effect of the streaks on the table top and the colors you chose! That tape measure idea is just genius!! Great job!

    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 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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,
    Jacoba

    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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