Okay, I promise, this is the last time I will talk about this gnarly storage unit . . . for at least a week. I pinkie promise. Maybe.
Here it is, one last time:
I’ve yammered on for long enough about painting the cabinets, creating the countertop and assembling the whole shebang, so let’s get on to the fun stuff!! The colorful patchwork countertop is clearly the star of this show – full of personality and visual interest, it takes this storage unit from ho-hum to fun and funky. And the best part? Making this colorful creation is totally easy – if you can conquer this post, you’ve got this new project in the bag.
This whole custom countertop project began with a tonof inspiration from this post on Addicted 2 Decorating. I instantly swooned when I saw Kristy’s unique and cheerful table top, and I knew I had to make one of my very own. Here’s how you can get in on the action:
1. Chop it up. The key to this whole project is the patchwork effect, so take some time and pick out some fab craft paper that you absolutely love. I’ve always been a sucker for bright, cheerful colors (especially for a craft room), and I picked out a whole slew of papers that I found totally inspiring and that worked well together. Make sure that you have enough paper to cover your countertop from the very beginning – this will ensure that you get a great mix of patterns throughout the whole countertop, instead of running out of paper and having a section at the end that doesn’t match the rest.
Once you have all of your papers assembled, go to town chopping down your papers into the size and shape that you want. I love the look of long strips, so I cut each of my papers into 6 x 2 inch strips (this worked perfectly, since all of my craft paper came in 12 x 12 inch sheets). You can either tackle this task with scissors or a chopper – I chose to use my handy-dandy chopper (see below), which made cutting the strips an absolute breeze.
2. Glue it down. Armed with your slew of paper strips, it’s time to get gluing! All you need to do is paint sections of the countertop with Elmer’s glue and then lay your strips down in a staggered pattern. Once you have a few strips down, smooth each of the strips to get out the bubbles – I used a ruler for this task and it worked like a charm. Some of the glue will ooze out, but just smooth out any extra glue with your paintbrush and it will dry clear. Keep up the placing and smoothing routine until you’ve laid paper over the entire countertop.
3. Seal’er up. Now that you’ve created this masterpiece, you’ll want to protect it! A few coats of satin finish polyurethane are just the ticket. If you want a little extra protection, think about having a piece of glass cut for the top – Home Depot will do it for a few bucks, and our Ace Hardware only charges you for the glass - cutting it is free!
4. Admire your handiwork. It looks awesome, doesn’t it?? Perfect for any room that needs a little extra color and fun – and this same technique would be great to create a little custom artwork for a bare wall.
So there you have it! An awesome, customized storage unit made from salvaged materials with your own two hands. It doesn’t get much more satisfying than that!! (I’ve already got mine stocked with paint brushes, paint, fun papers . . . I’m so excited!!). Now it’s your turn – fill us in about something that you’ve made with your own two hands!!
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