Handmade Dining Table

Here’s the story about how my two favorite guys hand made every.single.thing about this table.ImageWhen we found out that we were going to be moving in a week to a new, empty apartment we realized we needed to get serious about some furniture FAST. And that’s easier said than done when you’re an extremely picky design conscious commitment-phobe cheapskate. Cue A Beautiful Mess to the rescue. saw how simple it was to make your own dining table from thanks to their DIY Honeycomb Table and thankfully Steve jumped on board to make one for us! He spent the week before we moved in cutting, sanding, and staining our hexagon table top per the ABM instructions and it turned out amazinggggg. Since we didn’t have legs for it yet, it served as a our coffee table on top of some Ikea boxes for the first month we lived here.ImageImageWe considered buying some hairpin legs for the base, but decided to hold out and survive without a dining until my dad could make us some. You see, my dad is a blacksmith artist in SC and his best friend is a glass blower. They came together to make the most beautiful legs for the hexagon table top! I am SO SO SO SO happy we waited until I could get back to SC to pick them up. The glass leaves twinkle in the sunshine and tie our Target chairs in perfectly. I am in loveeeee with this table and have been caught staring at it from time to time. Our little apartment is really coming together!! Just gotta start hanging some things on the walls now…

Easy Ikat Tray

ImageI had been trying to think of a project to use my leftover paint from refurbishing my table when A Beautiful Mess came to the rescue per usual with their simple instructions on how to make your own abstract painting. I have about zero skills when it comes to painting anything other than a solid color (seriously I would lose a 4th grade art competition), but the post made it seem so easy that even I could do it!ImageI thought it would be fun to try out the method on a wooden tray that I had gotten at the thrift store a couple months ago. I painted the tray with a zillion coats of White Asparagus and stuffed my face with some pasta while it dried. Take your main color, mine was Blaze Orange, and paint a long strip in each spot where you want your Ikat inspired shape. Next paint shorter strips in descending lengths off of your main strip. ImageChoose a complimentary color and repeat the same descending length strip process as before. You will definitely want to let several overlap on the edge. Mix some white into your colors to create a lighter shade and paint essentially fat plus signs on top of the Ikat shapes you already have. Pick at least two other colors to help fill in the white space. I just started painting  plus signs in navy and then went in and painted smaller ones in a light tan. Then all you have to do is paint the edges of your tray in your main color and spray it with a sealer and voila! You just painted your very own Ikat inspired tray! Told you it was easy!ImageIf my Ikat tray turned out this well, I know yours will be ahhhmazzinggg! Such a bright, fun piece that will add some sass to any table while acting as a breakfast in bed enabler…