avey baby’s artsy tea table

ok, folks, told you i was behind & so here’s my attempt at a quick catch-up session…

let’s start with ava’s big bday gift – her artsy tea table.

i arrived at this idea nearly a year ago while thinking of her 2nd birthday. i knew we were getting her a play kitchen for christmas, so this seemed like the best gift, given our small space available, budget & most importantly, her interests.

all it took was this kid-sized white tabe from ikea (their prices can’t be beat & your table will surely take a beating, so why splurge?) if you have a little boy, they also carry wood tones that would suit any little guy who enjoys, coloring, painting, working with play dough, etc…

i had my mister pick up some chalkboard spray paint from lowes & we had some painters’ tape on hand. the last thing i needed was a stencil or pattern…

had i chosen a table with straight edges, i could’ve easily taped off a border, but since this is a circular table, i needed to get a little creative. have you ever tried to tape in a circle? it’s difficult to say the least…

i found this flower-shaped bowl of ava’s in the cupboard. i lined up the “petals” & easily traced two at a time, simply sliding the bowl around as i went.

when it came time for the tape, i covered the “straight” space entirely with the tape, so basically, i stopped at the rounded edges. to get a clean line with the tape at that point, i covered a section at a time, lined the bowl up again (using the adjacent petals as a guide) & trimmed off the excess tape with a razor blade i had handy. you can also use a pairing, exacto, or pen knife, a box cutter, etc… just be careful not to press down too hard, or you will cut the table.

hubs has a roll of plastic in the garage, so i taped a piece around the perimeter of the table to protect the legs & shelves. then, i sprayed away – probably 6 or 7 even, steady coats.

learn from my mistakes – don’t go too heavy around your border or you will have a little seepage like i did. it still looks pretty good, but me being the weirdo-perfectionist that i am, it drove me nuts for about an hour…

she loves it though & that’s what matters. 🙂

happy birthday, sweet baby girl.

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