August 27, 2012

The Latest DIY: Faux Snakeskin Table

Sometimes, a do-it-yourself project can take a turn for the worse.
Been there?  I don't doubt that we all have at some point.
Occasionally though, a DIY fail can lead to something way better.
Take this heinous set of plastic stacking tables I found at Goodwill for example:

There were two of them...one just as scary as the next.
As is customary in my world, however, my head saw the ugly, but my heart heard "parsons style shelves" and the deal was done.  I was positive that a coat of glossy white spray paint would bring these babies to life.  Ummm, not quite sure what I was thinking there, because spray paint did nothing but make the ugly a nice shade of glossy white.  D.I.Y. Fail.

Enter Plan B.
After seeing that no amount of paint could help me, I turned to snakeskin.
Snakeskin fabric cures all ills.  I hope.

Here's how I did it:


This particular table was a breeze to cover because the legs were easy to remove.  I wrapped each leg individually, and made sure to cover only one side at a time, smoothing the fabric as I went.  I also let each coat of Mod Podge dry completely before adding another coat.

It was a time consuming project, taking me a total of about three days to complete, but I think it was absolutely worth it.

Oh, I love it so. 

So, snakeskin wrapped furniture...are you in, or out? 

The best part of this DIY?  If you're not hip to the "skin", try any fabric of your choice.
You'll just need plenty of time and a little imagination to make it your own,
and that, my friends, is an epic win in my book.

PS: I found a similar snakeskin fabric here, and you can order Mod Podge here or at any craft store.

Have a great week everyone!

*Update*
I did some more searching and found another great fabric option here and another very similar to the one I used here at Hancock Fabrics

78 comments:

  1. I am SO IN!!! I covered the top of a bench with snakeskin and it's amazing. Your shelves are even better! Love Love Love this!

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  2. Oh goodness girl this is FABULOUS! It looks amazing!!!

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  3. Looks amazing! You did a great job!

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  4. Wow! What a difference - it looks amazing, Emily! At first glance, I thought it was a vinyl but noticed it's a much lighter weight fabric which was probably a lot easier to work with (but still very time-consuming, obviously). Love it and you should be so proud - great job!

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  5. That is a fantastic idea! Looks amazing and the next time I see those in the gw, I will think differently.

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  6. Brilliant! I even think I have a couple of these tables in my basement. May have to try this out!

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  7. This is ah-mazing. Seriously I'm obsessed! And has me now thinking of things I can over with a little snake skin :)

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  8. Wow--this came out so amazing! I would have never thought to cover something with fabric. Thanks for sharing!

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  9. you nailed it with this one, it looks SO fabulous!!

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  10. Looooove this and never ever ever would have thought to do this if I'd seen those stacking shelves...awesome! :)

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  11. Yeah, pinning this for sure. It turned out great - and the choice of snakeskin is brilliant!

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  12. It is HOT! It looks awesome. I am not a snakeskin girl but I love what you did with this and how nice it looks all styled. But yes, any fabric could be used - great update Emily.

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  13. Snakes gross me out, but this is seriously such an amazing idea!

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  14. I love this post!!!! Love what you wrote AND the result-- such a great result!! You would never know honestly.

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  15. I am impressed beyond belief!! Now if only I wasn't so lazy...

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  16. Fabulous my friend!!! To my Pinterest board it goes...

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  17. stop being such a genius. totally getting an IKEA table to do this to!

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  18. I love it!! Could you please tell me what colorway your bengal bazarr pillow is? Love those colors!!

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  19. Hi Ash! I believe the colorway is called Magenta. Hope that helps and thanks for your question!

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  20. No freaking way! STUNNING!! And the styling.....eyes wide open over here, I seriously can't stop staring at these photos! :)

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  21. Whoa! What a transfo' I haven't mod podged in ages. Great job and great styling!

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  22. You did an amazing job! Love it!

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  23. Oh my gosh I am obsessed with this! I can't believe you turned those plastic tables into something so fabulous. Just found you via Pawleys Island Posh!

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  24. Found you through Pawley's Isalnd Posh and am sooo glad I stopped by. New follower! This table is amazing, never would have thought it was a DIY. And your styling has me drooling. Off to check out more of your blog!

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  25. I don't know what makes this table best - the snakeskin or the styling! This is absolutely fab and you have a great eye for decorating. New follower via Pawley's Island Posh. www.styleoyster.blogspot.com

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  26. just saw this write-up over at julia's - you did an AMAZING job!!!! wish i had some table laying around to do this to!!!!! on the hunt now :)

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  27. This is really fantastic! Im a new follower, and I love your blog and the format, it's so neat and clean.
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  28. Emily, this is gorgeous!! Who knew snakeskin could cure all design woes?! What a transformation!

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  29. Found your blog thru Julia and what a great post to lure me in! I'm obsessed with this DIY!! Freaking love it and your blog. So excited to find you. Now I'm off to goodwill to find tables like those!

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  30. I'm absolutely so excited that you all love this! If you end up trying it for yourself you have to let me know. I want to see some other makeovers!

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  31. Congrats from Portugal!

    I'm already following.

    thebeautyoflifeis.blogspot.pt

    Ana

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  32. Wow!!! Those look great. Good job. I'm a new follower.

    http://loulousucre.blogspot.com

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  33. saw you on julia's blog and this rocks! you did a kick ass job! i'm so following you now!

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  34. WOW!!!! I found you over on Parlour and I'll be following for sure! Great DIY.

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  35. I am very impressed! Your nightstand area looks INCREDIBLE!

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  36. Never did I ever think I would get angry with myself for throwing those exact nasty plastic shelves away. I loathed that thing for over 20 years(childhood bedroom) and here I am wishing I had it back. Super fab!

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  37. DUDE. this is a ridiculously good idea! i modge podged everything in sight in college....it's clearly time to revisit. looks fab!! ox

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  38. AWESOME!!! I came over fromSadie and Stella...love this project and I hope to try it soon! I'm your newest follower

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  39. I have seen this picture all over the blogs and pinterest - and it is yours? It is beautiful, and your styling is perfection. I can't style anything for the life of me, so I am always impressed with that skill.

    I am exploring the blogs this morning, so glad I found yours!

    - Holly

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  40. This project is awesome!! I have GOT to try something like this soon, I love it!

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  41. this is so fabulous I can hardly stand it! Pinned it, and totally going to do this to one of my tables!

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  42. All in with ALL my heart!!! this is so cool!!

    love K

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  43. Looks fabulous! I so want to try this!

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  44. WOW!!! I found this post via Pawley's Island Posh and am completely floored with this DIY. Love it all. You did a great job and have me convinced to dig out my Modge Podge again.

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  45. Wow!!!! Super amazing!!! I want one!!!

    xx. Patience

    whitelacquer.blogspot.com

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  46. Saw this on Little Green Notebook - incredible!! I really want to give this a try...and I agree, snakeskin cures all ills.

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  47. This is over the top fabulous!
    Looks like a high end snake skin table.
    Donna
    thebeneblog.com

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  48. Pretty sure you are freaking brilliant! I have been trying to figure out a way to do this for, like, ever! I am about to make this happen with a bookshelf!!!

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  49. Saw this on Little Green Notebook: what a chic DIY! Was thinking about doing something similar to a coffee table with marbleized paper... that snakeskin is tempting me down a different path.

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  50. LOVE THIS!!! Oh my goodness, so chic and so gorgeous! You're amazing; so glad I found your blog!

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  51. hopping over from LGN. wow. I am SOOO impressed by this project, and mostly by your creativity to even tackle those tables. Your results are stunning and so haute couture. LOVE it!
    - {darlene}
    www.fieldstonehilldesign.com

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  52. following you on pinterest now. So glad to meet you in blogland!
    - {darlene}
    www.fieldstonehilldesign.com

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  53. Saw this on LGN. Love it! How much Mod Podge did it take? I'm new to Mod Podging so I don't know how much of this stuff it takes. Thanks!

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  54. Hi Anon, so glad you like my project! I used two of the large bottles of Mod Podge and had about half of the last bottle left over. Hope that helps!

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  55. Great project! I have been thinking about covering a couple of IKEA lack tables with fabric and I think your post finally convinced me. Love the snake skin print!

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  56. thanks for adding the fabric links!!!

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  57. How did I miss this? It's amazing!

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  58. Hi Emily! So good to hear from you. CRAZY that we were both featured on Hi Sugarplum today! What a small world. I love your blog, and I will definitely be sending it to some friends!
    Sheaffer :)

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  59. Stunning! Such a great alternative to paint, I'm putting this on my project list!

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  60. Brilliant! This just sparked a TON of project ideas. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  61. Gorgeous! Just found your blog and I'm loving your style! So creative!

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  62. Ha! That's great!! That's actually exactly what I did back in May to DIY a snakeskin tray over on my blog! Great minds think a like! :) I think it turned out great!!

    http://discoairglow.blogspot.com/2012/05/diy-snakeskin-tray.html

    Michelle Andrea

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  63. I so wish i knew where those old plastic shelves were...wait I have two display cases begging for this....THANKS

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  64. These are perfect - would look fab with a polkadot or bold stripes as well. Please let us know how the modpodge holds up to daily wear! xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

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    1. Hey Anna, I'm glad you mentioned something about the how the mod podge holds up. This table sits in my bedroom, and doesn't get much use besides holding some of my jewelry. I will say though, that the books seem to "stick" to the mod podge on the table every time I move them to dust, etc. I haven't tried it, but I think a few coats of polycrylic (Minwax makes one) would work to solve the problem. Hope that helps and I'd love to know if you try it!

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  65. I love this!! And your color choices are amazing! What color did you use on the chair?? I MUST use it! :)

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    1. Thanks! I bought the chair already painted from a thrift store. I wish I knew the color, but I'll keep my out for something similar!

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  66. Wowee! I am OBSESSED! This is magazine worthy, Emily!

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  67. This is fantastic! Just wondering if you did anything special to secure the top and bottom tables together?

    Christine

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  68. Christine I was just wondering the same thing? Are the tables attached or no? Seems like a great idea but I'm not terribly graceful and I could see myself knocking everything off by bumping it somehow! Let us know! :)

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    1. Hey Steph! You and Christine thought of a great question! No, I didn't attach the table with anything, but the specific tables I found have grooves on top specifically made for another table to fit on. They work great, and I've never had any issues. I've thought about it though, and I imagine that brackets would work well, if attached to the back of the table that won't be showing. Don't limit yourself to tables like mine, though! I think any type of table with clean lines would work, it might just take some more precise measuring of your fabric. I hope that helps, and let me know if you end up trying it. I'd love to hear!

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