From Baker to Biggie: DIY Coffee Table

Baker to biggie

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Welcome to the FINAL installment of Black Excellence! If you have been following along I hope you learned something.

We have covered a lot:

– Hacked an Ikea shelf by turning it into a bar. “The Glamourous Life” is dedicated to the beautiful actresses, models, entertainers of color from yesteryear.

“A Star Is Born” Went to Goodwill scored a picture frame for six bucks gave it a picture perfect makeover now it is a lighted vanity mirror.

“Lady Sings The Blues” Completely revamped a chair from a music video by reupholstering it. and painted another.

Now we have two “before and after” projects. First up is our “It Was All A Dream” Ikea table.

“It Was All A Dream…I used to read Word Up Magazine.” is an iconic lyric by The Notorious B.I.G. from his debut single Juicy. He goes on to rap about how life would be once he made it, the good life. Something we all can identify with.

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I went to Ikea and got the LACK coffee table for $19.99. Primed it and began using the same paint I used to paint my accent wall (Zinc by Martha Stewart/Glidden) 

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I mixed a small portion of the paint with black and white acrylic paint to make different shades of the same color.  I wanted it to look concrete-like, I used a mini roller brush and a bristle brush for streaks.

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Added different shades to the letters to add dimension.

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Once I was finished with my design I applied some shellac on it and voilà!

This second project is a little bit different. I found this wobbly table in my basement I figured with some TLC and waterfalls elbow grease i could make something out of it.

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I posted this picture on Instagram and my Fan page and was given pretty cool suggestions. I decided to only use items I already had at home. If I didn’t have it I couldn’t buy it, a challenge if you will.

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After tightening the legs, I cut out a circle from a roll of patterned vinyl that would be the new table top. This can achieved with contact paper as well.

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I had some beads that I wanted to attach to the table and  I “aged” them with copper/gold spray paint.  The now  vintage beads reminded me of the extravagant outfits the late great Josephine Baker would wear.

imageHere is a picture of Beyonce paying tribute to the famous “Banana Dance” costume.

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I cut the beads to be various lengths and individually tied them with fishing line. Although, I have never gone fishing I figure you could never be too prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse.

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I used spray adhesive to attach the vinyl to the top.

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This was the outcome but I felt something was missing….

SPRAY PAINT!

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I used silver spray paint to accent some part of the legs and the rim of the table. I am satisfied with the results.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this decorating series.

Now feel free to enjoy your lavish meal of T-Bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch’s grape.

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