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Recovering A Card Table

Recovering a Card Table BEFORE

Who doesn’t need a project?  I love projects and I like to finish them quickly even better.  I found this well used miniature card table and chairs for the kids at a garage sale.  It was  perfect size for my oldest and could be used for so many things.  It was rather ugly though and the vinyl was sun bleached, but for $2 it was a bargain.

The spray paint I picked was not the cheapest but will last forever and it gave my table the look I was going for.  Plus the hammered paint look, hid any imperfections.  Marine vinyl is not cheap, it was about $18 a yard.  I found a coupon for a local craft store and got the vinyl half off.  All and all this table cost me about $16 dollars and a few hours of my time.Recovering a Table AFTER

I thought about covering the table in oil cloth which was cheaper but would not last as long.  I was going for durability and washable.  Plus if I would have to cover it again it wouldn’t be cheaper in the long run.

Recovering a Card Table:

  • I used a Rustoleum spray paint, in  a hammered gray metal (one can did this small table and chairs perfectly)
  • About on 1 yard of marine vinyl (I didn’t use all of this and the amount would depend on the size of table)
  • Staple gun and 1/4″ staples
  • Screw driver


Simply unscrewed all the screw that attached the vinyl covered pieces from the metal frame on both the table and chairs.

Chair beforeThe existing vinyl was dirty but otherwise in good condition.  I washed it all off and allowed it to dry before just covering over it.

Measure and cut vinyl to the size of table and chair pads plus with 2″ edge.

Next using 1/4″ staples in an electric staple gun, I stretched the vinyl tightly and stapled my heart out.  Be sure to keep screw holes uncovered or punch through them with a screw driver so you can reattach.

Spray paint all metal frames, I did two coats drying a day in between.  Then I allowed it to dry more than a day before attaching the pads and table top back on.

Simply attach the freshly covered pads and table top back to the frame.  Longer screws were required because of the added vinyl, but only in some places.Recovering a Card Table




Octodogs (octopus hotdogs)

We had gone out to eat at a new restaurant and the table next to us had seven young children.  This was interesting and a whole nother story.  I try to have our kids order things off the menu things they can not get at home or don’t eat that often.  Soon the table next to us got their orders.  Some of them had got these “Octodogs”, my kids were jealous.  I told them don’t worry I can make those at home next time we have hot dogs.

Mr.Picky stopped at the store for hot dogs on the way home, and the next night I created these.  It would work better with the thicker hot dog but I wasn’t going to a special store.  These are made with regular hot dogs.

I simmered the hot dogs in a little water until hot.  Then I pulled the hot dogs out of the water and used a sharp knife to make some cuts.  I sliced lengthwise about half way up the body to make legs, then slits for the eyes and a circle for the mouth.  Place the hot dog back in the hot water and allow to cook a minute more.  The legs will start to curl out on their own.

Serve standing up on a bun or by itself, man did the kids get a kick out of these.  I think they would be great for a sea themed birthday party.

Eggshell Plants

I came across a photo which used an eggshell as a plant container.  I though I could do that, and just in time for Easter.  How cute would these look inside your home for Spring, and then just plant them outside.  The shell will eventually disintegrate and is great for your soil.  Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with all these eggs I made, close to two dozen.  And then I hosted this brunch, and sent them home as favors.  Of course, I kept a few for my kitchen window.

Eggshell Planters

All I did was save any egg shells that cracked good enough to save.  I rinsed the shells, and placed them in an empty egg carton in the cupboard until I had enough for my project.  I grabbed a bag of multipurpose potting soil, and filled them up.  I used Sedum plants, such as hens and chick.   That is what I already had growing in my yard and put them on top, and added a little water.  After a few days my sedums attached themselves to the egg and soil.  I think they are so cute, and took no time at all.  I am not a plant, grower and am really trying not to kill any more plants.  These were easy enough for me to do and are hard to kill so should work for all.

Cornstarch and Water

Nothing better to pass time on a rainy day is a box of cornstarch?  Yes, I just said corn starch.  My kids love to play in cornstarch in water, I have to say I do too.  Is it a solid or a liquid, play and see  if you can figure out which.

corn starch and water

What you need:

  • A 16 oz. box of corn starch
  • Food Coloring (a few drops of desired color)
  • Water (About 2 cups)
  • A shallow dish (I use a 8×8 inch pan, glass works best)

I add corn starch to a shallow dish and slowly add water about 1/4 cup at a time until it is the consistency I want.  It is hard to mix, so I just use my hands and get dirty. When you apply pressure the mix will feel like a solid, but it will appear as a liquid.  Add a few drops of food coloring and swirl it in.  Once I get it partially mixed I let the kids mix the rest of the color in.  Mix well and play for a few hours.  Don’t try to save this, it will get gross quick.  Also everything washes up just fine, so have fun and try giving the kids different tools or toys to play with in your pan.

Table bubbles

We had so much fun making table bubbles.  Not only did my 4 year old have a blast but my 17 year old nephew and husband played for at least an hour.  My 18 old month son didn’t care for it so much, as it was hard to blow the bubbles.  But he was more than willing to pop them as you blew them.01152013790

All that you need is:

  • 1 med. size bowl
  • 1 dish rag or wash cloth
  • 1/2 cup of dish soap
  • 1/2 cup (or so) of water
  • some drinking straw
  • a table

I mixed the water and dish soap in a bowl with my dish rag.  You then wet the table with the dish rag, make sure you cover any area you are going to blow bubbles on with soapy water.  Next dip the end of the straw into the soapy bowl of water.  Using the soapy end of the straw place it on the wet table and blow away.

We were able to blow some huge bubbles.  Next thing you knew my daughter figured out that if you blew a bubble and dipped your straw again, you could go back inside the bubble without it popping.  Have fun and don’t put the wrong end of the straw in your mouth!

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