Reposted from 07/10/2013
As some of you might know I attacked our microwave stand on the Canada Day long weekend! This poor thing had no idea what was coming after it! I have been browsing Pinterest lately to find fun and creative ways to organize my small craft station and came across many different refurbished microwave stands and I knew I could do it! I am always drooling over the wonderful creations the ladies at Parkadilly and Barking Dog Salvage and Design are making and I wanted to take a stab and re-making something of my own!

So I present to you my mocrowave stand before:

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Unstained clear pine microwave stand!

 

As you can see its a very plain simple microwave stand that was left behind for my husband. It has just been sitting in our garage for the past year so I decided to make it my own! My wonderful partner was very helpful getting this thing prepared too! Using just his Leatherman (a multipurpose pocket tool for those who don’t have one of these amazing things!) he cut the legs (and wheels) and an inch off the width of the top on each side using only the tiny little saw! I didn’t believe it was possible to do this but he did it and you can’t even tell it was done by hand! He gave it a quick sanding on the top then I went to work!

I used one whole tube of Martha Stewart’s Chalkboard paint for the 3 coats of light blue and the rest is just standard acrylic craft paint! So here is my after:

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Brand new cutting table!
Now the wonderful thing about chalkboard paint is you do not have to prime before you paint and a little paint goes a long way! After the three coats of chalkboard paint and the coats of acrylic, I did a little distressing! Just enough to make it look a little weathered but not too much to make it look old! I then sealed it with a water-based clear coat leaving a small border around the top so the top chalkboard part is still usable! A tip I learned about chalkboard paint while researching is to lightly sand the chalkboard surface once the paint has cured for 24 hours then condition it by using the side of chalk. This makes a HUGE difference in how well your chalkboard turns out! Here’s some close up shots of this beauty so you can really see what I did!
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What do you think? I am thoroughly in love with this! It fits in perfectly with the rest of my colourful station. I now have somewhere to cut instead of the floor and even a chalkboard top to take down measurements or notes as I sew and craft.

Next up for me to re-purpose? My sewing table and craft cupboard. I want to paint both black so that this little table really pops!

I hope you all have enjoyed my newest creation, it certainly was a lot of fun to get my hands into paint again and I cannot wait to do more! Happy crafting and have a great week/weekend! 🙂

Aimee

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