~Create Your Own Workspace~
My back thanks me everyday for my new craft table! It’s relieved that I no longer have to stand bent over while working on a project. It loves the fact that I don’t have to run up and down the stairs gathering supplies. With the creation of my new work table, I now have the perfect place to cut fabric, paint, hot glue, sew and so much more!
My inspiration came from the Bedford Project Table from Pottery Barn. At $1,199 it was definitely more than I wanted to invest! I knew I had to figure out how to make a craft table.
As I spent time contemplating, planning and visiting Pinterest, I realized that I already had the foundation for the table. Tucked away in my attic sat two of these bookcases. They are the basic laminate bookcases that you can find at Walmart or Target. I’ve had them for years. My kids used them for their books when they were in elementary school…now they’re in college. That gives you an idea of how long they’ve sat unused!
My first step was to give the bookcases a facelift. I started with adding some Allen & Roth bead board wallpaper from Lowe’s, to the back of each one. As I’m sure you know, the back of these bookcases are actually just a piece of stiff cardboard. Since I didn’t want to get that cardboard wet, I decided to use spray adhesive to attach the wallpaper.
I could have used real bead board…and I almost did…but I wanted to have the beadboard on the inside of the bookcases as well as the back. I knew that you would see the back of the bookcase even when the craft table was complete and I didn’t want them to be that ugly brown cardboard backing.
After I applied the wallpaper, I decided that if I added some trim to the bookcase, it would give it a more finished and substantial look. I purchased some 1×2’s at Lowe’s and framed the front and back of each bookcase. I cut the wood to fit the sides of the bookcases from the top edge to the bottom. For the top and bottom of the bookcases, I cut the wood to fit inside the side pieces of trim. Therefore I didn’t have to worry about creating mitered edges for the corners. By adding the trim to the backs, it also covered the edges of the wallpaper, giving it a finished look.
I attached the wood trim using liquid nails and finishing nails. To finish the look, I chalked all the edges and gave the entire bookcase including the wallpaper a coat of white paint.
The trim really made a difference in the front of the bookcases. It gave a feeling of enclosure to the shelves and created a much more impressive looking bookcase.
Once my bookcases were finished, I added my tabletop, which I found at Restore. I stumbled upon a $5 table that was wobbly and a little rough looking…but I was only interested in the tabletop. The best part was that the tabletop size was perfect! It was the perfect width and length for the craft table that I wanted to create.
I used liquid nails along the top edges of the bookcases to attach the tabletop. Once the liquid nails had dried, I reinforced it with wood screws. I screwed the tabletop to the bookcases by going underneath the top of each bookcase and screwing the screws directly into the tabletop.
The tabletop received a coat of white paint and a coat of polyacrylic to finish it off. It’s perfect…at least for me!
One side of the table holds a variety of supplies. I have baskets to organize the different types of supplies and products. The other side of the table holds my craft paint. It’s amazing to have everything at your fingertips!
It’s the perfect height for working without having to bend over a project. I recently had to get new counter stools for my kitchen because my son broke one of my old ones. Luckily, one stool survived so I was able to use it for my table.
I’ve got to say…I’m in love with my craft table! Plus, considering the only supplies I had to buy were the $5 tabletop, wood trim, wallpaper and liquid nails, I was able to complete the craft table for less than $50! So much better than $1,199!
I love walking in the room and saying, “I did that!”
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