I love it when things work out as planned! Remember when I talked about the Kitchen Table Makeover ideas? Well, I stuck to it. This idea has been floating around in my brain for a month or so now, but it was intimidating! Fear not, after this test run - I feel confident I could repeat this anytime. Set aside a weekend or so though,
not so much because it's that time consuming, but because once you start to see your progress you are really going to want to finish. We ended up staying up pretty late to finish, I just get so excited! So, you think you want to do this to your table? Smart move my friend... smart move.
Here's what you'll need:
- A table (duh!)
- Paint: A quart of whatever leg color, and small bottles of many colors for the top.
- Plaster of Paris
- Tape (edge lock, baby)
- A protractor (never thought you'd need it, did ya?)
- Straight edge, like a yardstick or similar.
- Paint Brushes
- Electric Sander + fine sanding pads
- Minwax Polycrylic Clear Coat
- Update: This Triangle Ruler would have saved me SO MUCH TIME if I knew about it...
Kitchen Paint was already headed in the teal/blue/white/orange/yellow realm (amazing), deciding a variety of colors for the top was a piece of cake. And, since I'm such a sucker for geometric patterns lately, the triangles were a no brainer for us. The first step, sand like you've never sanded before:
this triangle ruler would have helped me figure this out WAY faster...next time!)
For the sake of not losing half the readers here to a long drawn out geometry flashback (painful), I'll explain this step in depth at the end of the post. So scroll down if you are curious. For the rest of you, I'll explain with my measurements which should be a shortcut. If you have a math magician in your home, just bribe them into doing this part. That's probably easiest.
In a nutshell, or, on a tabletop rather (ha!), I put my stripes along the table every 7.75 inches apart. Then, somewhere in the middle, I marked a random spot on the tape edge. Then, I took my protractor (told you we'd need it) and lined it up with that spot, then followed along and made a mark at 120 degrees, or 60 degrees from the other side. Remember all angles in a triangle (interior) add up to 180, so for these equal triangles I needed angles of 60.
Use your straight edge or yardstick to connect the two points you just made, and place a piece of tape along that edge along the whole table. Now you have a line in which to measure off of. I measured every 9 inches, from that angled line we just made, drew a point, then I used my straight edge to connect all those points with tape. Over and over.
Now I took a break there from these dizzying angles to paint the legs. I used the tried & true chalk paint recipe, because I didn't want to sand the legs. Hey, i'm lazy, who cares? It worked.
Back to our tabletop, ready for the fun part? Hopefully you've picked a million beautiful colors, here's what we had lined up:
Sidestory: I used to think I was so smart, and that I would save money and get more paint per dolla by buying paint samples at home depot. Well, I have no idea where I came up with that, because samples are almost $4. Sure, you get more paint, but these bottles at the craft store were 99 cents! So again, learn from me, huh? This would have cost me around $32 but instead, cost me $8.
Anyway, this step seems pretty self explanatory. Put good music on, crack a beer, and get your hands dirty. We rubbed some paint in the triangles with our hands, then wiped the excess off with paper towels. Some of them needed a second coat, you be the judge with your own table.
Hutch midway.... )
What do you think? Do you love it or is this too busy for ya? Either way, it's sure to catch an eye & start a convo. OK - now as promised, I'll explain a little in depth the geometry magic tricks I had to pull out of the back of my brain for this, so for the rest of you - class dismissed! Haha, thanks for reading & have a great one!
In the next post: Questions & Answers for repainting a dresser.
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Alright fellow Mathletes (ok, im not a mathlete, but I wish I was) here's what I had to do. Knowing I needed equilateral triangles for this table, I just let the tape and the angles be the guide on this. I taped the first stripes off so that they were equidistant, mainly following the planks of wood in the table. I taped a stripe every 4 planks, which happened to be 7.75 inches apart. Then, taking my protractor, measured out from a point to the 60 degree point, which would serve as one interior angle. Like I said in the tutorial. Taped, repeated. You're probably reading this because you are wondering where (and how) I came up with measuring 9 inches apart. After taping the first angled stripe, I measured the side of the tape that would serve as one of the interior sides of the triangle. Essentially, keeping in mind that all sides must be equal, and I needed a specific measurement so that I didn't have to use that protractor over the entire table. ugh! Lucky for me, it was a perfect 9 inches. So measuring from that tape, I just did 9,9,9,9, connect the dots with tape, you know the drill. Once those angles were in, I split the diamonds one time, in the opposite direction, creating the 2 perfect triangles, and remeasured my interior side length. It was something like 8 and 5/8" I believe, with this number, I could then do the measure & mark routine from before, creating perfect triangles.
That, my friends, could probably be way better explained by someone who knew what they were doing, mathwise, but it made sense in my brain and that's all I needed. I bet the triangles would have been fine just eyeballing it, haha. Thanks for hanging with me to the end here, gold star for you!