I’m still working on having a beached-themed living room and the process is taking so slooooowly that’s why you’re not seeing further updates. From the rate I’m going, the big reveal might probably come mid-next year or worse, end of next year. I just hope not. Anyway, here is one accomplished task (out of 500, kidding, kinda…)
I can’t buy any new furniture right now so I just have to make-over my existing ones to match the theme I’m going for. I have an Ikea Lack table that just looks lousy but I can’t part with it because there’s hardly any furniture in the house. For the longest time, I’ve been thinking of what I can do with it like decoupaging it with fabric (can’t find the right fabric), painting it (looks tacky and plain), adding mosaic (not too beach like). Then one day, while window shopping in Landmark, I found this nylon woven placemats that will look great with the table. I want something similar to a wicker chair or basket and like I said, I can’t afford anything right now. I have the rest of the materials like the sisal rope I bought months ago in Quiapo so I grabbed for of the placemats and went home excited to start a new project.
See, it’s ugly now so I need to act quick. The process is pretty self-explanatory so I’m just posting pictures. But feel free to ask me if anything is unclear.
White glue works well for the table top. I tried using it on a leg but failed, unless I want to hold the placemat around the leg and wait for the glue to dry. Contact cement (rugby) works better. Just apply thin, even coats on both surfaces (the leg and the placemat) and allow a few minutes for it to dry. It will stick flat and perfect. I even attempted using white glue for the rope. I didn’t know what I was thinking then…
Four placemats were exactly enough for this table. I wrapped rope on the uncovered part of the leg to remedy the damaged bottom. I don’t think a damp mop can do much harm now.
I just love the texture, so native and local. I wish I could finish the living room so you could all see my table with the rest of the gang.
Oh, while editing the images, I asked my 3-year old son which looks better, the old one or the new one. He likes the old one better. 🙁 I don’t care, I still think it’s beach-y.