Monday, June 05, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday: Functional Art

Fiesta Garden Table with Checkerboard

Painted Rock Checker Pieces (bees vs ladybugs)

This is my first entry for "Inspire Me Thursday." My husband and I started working on this table this past weekend as a fun project we both could work on while enjoying the sunny weather. I just happened to discover IMT the night after we started this project and was looking forward to getting it done to share for this week.

Following are pictures capturing our process. We started with an old weathered, dog-chewed table that we use for dining in our backyard. We used coarse grit sandpaper to sand away years of abuse from the elements and that blasted dog!

We bought several colors of multipurpose latex paint and used them to paint the legs of the table. Here, we're taking our first break. This is NOT the dog that chewed off all four corners of the table (good girl!).

Breaks over, and we're starting the table top design. This picture shows how we accomplished a nice checkerboard pattern.

We used the same masking tape technique to create the purple wavy border around the table top.

I found 24 flat rocks perfect for checker pieces. I painted 12 bees with flowers on the flipside, and 12 ladybugs with leaves on the flipside. The four chairs are projects for another day.


shannonjyl said...

what a amazing project!
i love the rocks critters.

Sarah .B. Scott said...

This is a wonderful idea! I love your project!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't possibly even guess at which dog ;)

The table looks awesome as usual. Now I have 2 non-technical blogs to follow. Keep up the great posting!

Anonymous said...

wow that looks like so much fun!
I love the rocks too!
ps thanks for your comment on my 'IF'.

Anonymous said...

You have definately inspired me. Now I have an idea for my first inspire me Thursday project.