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
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 Madewhere 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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