DIY Terrazzo Table Makeover

 
Terrazo Table

Does the mere thought of sitting down at your boring table or desk send you running in the opposite direction? I always have the thought of “how am I supposed to be creative if I am sitting in a boring environment?”

Kat has been raving about James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits on building better habits. In the book, Clear says that we have a relationship with each object in our working space. If we build relationships based on the right tasks, we can build better habits.

If you want to work more creatively, create a space that enables you to work creatively — have inspiration boards up, display your tools, and clear out unnecessary objects from the space.

Coming from a kitchen background, I’ve had the freedom to create things with a multitude of colours and flavours. Rows of fresh produce and spices where my colour pallets and the stark white plates my canvas.

Now that I’m testing the waters of working from home online (and trying to get shit done), I need to be in an environment I want to work in.

Before Photo

Before Photo

Now there is nothing particularly wrong with this table  — it was just a little boring for me.

SO, I took a page from @thesorrygirls and created a Terrazzo pattern to bring new life to this table.

 
Paints

Step 1: Gather Tools

Sandpaper

  • Sanding Block

  • Sponges

  • Paint Brushes and Roller

  • Primer

  • Paint ( White and whichever colours you would like)

  • Top Coat

NOTE: It doesn’t matter if you’re upcycling or starting on a fresh sheet of wood, you’re going to want to sand that sucker. Doing this removes any previous varnish or blemishes on the wood.

When it comes to sandpaper — the smaller the number, the more coarse it is. It’s always best to start with a smaller number and then work your way up to achieve a smooth finish.

Step 2: Prime and Paint the Base Coat

After you’ve sanded the surface, wipe the surface clean with a damp rag to remove the dust and wait for it to fully dry.

Roll on the primer. This will help you cover a darker colour (if your upcycling) and will make it so you don’t have to paint 5 layers of white on for the base.

Once the primer fully dries, go ahead and slap on a layer of white paint.

 
Stamping Paint
Touching up edges

Step 3: Stamp your paint

Cut as many shapes and sizes that you wish out of your sponges — the more the merrier. I really like that I don't have too many of the same shape and sizes. It will be messy and time-consuming, but the end result is worth it!

NOTE: I took a few small paint brushes and touched up the edges and any bare spots that looked off after I stamped each sponge.

Top Coat

Step 4: Top Coat

I left my stamped table to fully dry overnight ( I really didn’t want any smudging) and then applied a top coat. I did 2 layers to make sure I covered everything to protect my paint job.

Some top coats are white in the can but will dry clear (this makes it so you don’t miss a spot) but MAKE SURE YOU GET A CLEAR ONE!

Give it another sand to remove any streaks from applying the top coat and you are good to go!

Why do I need a top coat?  It’s used to protect your paint job — if you skip this step, you could end up scuffing/chipping the paint or staining it if you spill.

Final Product
Final Table

The Final Product

This was such a fun way to spend an afternoon (once the base and white coat dry). I loved mixing colours together and being creative with my stamps— I designed this space to keep the ‘productive and creative ball’ rolling now that I get to work on it!

Huge credit to The Sorry Girls for posting an easy tutorial to follow, and being so open and honest about their first two attempts (good things happen in 3s).

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