As part of our livingroom renovation we were looking for a new side table to go in the corner between the two sofas, but after splashing out on new curtains, our new fireplace, and all the stuff on our shopping spree, we thought we might try and make do with what we've got.
Bring in the trusty Ikea Lack table, it was Rodney's in his Marchmont flat, then housed our fishys in the Bruntsfield flat, and our TV when we moved in here. But with all the rejigging we have been doing we have free it up for a little bit of side table action. But look at it, it's pretty sad looking, the laminate was peeling off, there was a splodge of paint from our recent painting mission (more on that later) so we needed to do something about it!
And luckily inspiration came when we were wallpapering around the fireplace, we had leftover wallpapering paste *bing! Let's decollage it, by the way no idea how to spell that, its a fancy word for papermache if there is anyone else as clueless as me out there.
Cue some newsagent, flat and ebay trawling for something cool to cover it with. First idea was beer labels, we have been drinking a lot of craft beer recently and a lot of them have cool labels, but when I tried to pull them off they ripped and looked a bit crap. Anyway thinking through it I think they might have been a bit too "tourist pub" or studenty for us (Remember the wine bottle collection in first year anyone?).
Next inspiration was when I saw a 1943 world atlas on ebay for 99p, sold! I love maps and I think I am converting Rodney so it's perfect. I have to admit I probably spent longer than is properly healthy reading the atlas before I took it apart!! After that it was pretty easy, I mixed up the left over wallpaper paste and stuck the maps to the tired old table.
We managed to completely cover the table with maps, and only had 2 maps left over...perfection! The corners were a little bit difficult but we managed it. Not sure if you can make it out in the pic but we made sure we had the places we liked at the top, so there is Scotland, Australia and Africa all clearly visibly. But actually the way it worked out meant we had all the continents on display.
Once everything was stuck down the wallpaper paste had dried we sprayed it a fair few times with clear varnish, to hopefully stop the maps peeling off and it staining if we put drinks on it.
So there you have it, a brand new, interesting table and if your interested here is the cost breakdown:
Table - £0
Map - £2.99 (£2 postage!!)
Spray Paint - £7.00
Wallpaper paste - £0 (already had it)
Grand Total - £9.99
And..... drumroll please...... here is our new table at home between the sofas.