Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pearl & Resin Table Makeover

I recently saw a colorful resin table top filled with Mardi Gras beads and went NUTS!  What a terrific way to use up all of those crazy colorful beads!  Also, if you know anything about New Orleans and Mardi Gras, what did they have to do to get so many of them?!  I decided to try something similar with a little more of a "princess-chic" vibe using some extra pearl trim I picked up for a song.  One of my nieces is still going through the princess phase and I cannot wait until it's over.  I learned A LOT making this table.  For example, you can sand resin once it's cured and then coat it with more resin and it's perfect!   I also learned that you can create a barrier edge with simple masking tape.  Check out the video below to see how I did it.  Have fun!  Mark
Pretty sure this will end up in my niece's bedroom
Regal!
Watch how easy it is to make here!
Stuff You'll Need
Small round table
Masking tape
 Here's How
1.  2. & 3. Starting in the exact center of the table, glue beads in a spiral until you reach the outer edge
4. & 5. Create a rim/barrier edge around the table with two layers of masking tape 
*Make sure it's snug to the table and that the tape is higher than the top of the pearls
6. Follow the instructions for mixing the Glaze Coat
7. & 8. Pour the glaze coat on the table top and evenly distribute it with a sponge brush
9. Pop the bubbles with a torch and let cure overnight
*Make sure you cure your table in an unoccupied room free of dirt and dust
10.  Remove the masking tape
11.  If you need to, you can round the edge of the table with a sander
12. Glaze the rough sanded edges with another layer of Glaze Coat and let cure




17 comments:

  1. I have so many ideas already. This is so beautiful. I want to make one to hold my lamp with the home made lamp shade.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog Shawn!

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    2. This is truly incredible.
      I'm putting it on my list of projects I must try!!!

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    1. Hi Kira! I'm sure you would ROCK this table!

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  3. Hello Mark-This table is major cool looking! I love watching your videos & projects!

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  4. Mark, thanks for your reply. Another question, if you don't mix enough resin, its okay to go back and mix/pour more? How much time do you have to play with? Or would you say it's better to mix MORE resin, than not enough?

    Thank you

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    1. Hi Toni, If you don't mix enough the first time, then let it cure and then mix more and pour it on top. It will be fine. You could mix some more right away and it would be fine, too. I've done that before. It takes about 8 hours to cure so if you're quick you can do it.

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  5. This is amazing Mark! How unique is this idea. Well done.

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    1. Always great to hear from you Khadija!

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    1. Shirley, I was on the fence about this one at first and because I work with only one assistant, I wasn't sure how people would react. Glad you like it!

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  7. How many boxes of resin, did you end up using?

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    1. It depends on the size of pearls you use. If you use smaller pearls it might take less resin to cover them. I used larger pearls and it took a bit more.

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  8. I used one quart for this project.

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  9. I love this! Do you think you could use this technique on a plexi-glass table top?

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    1. You could, BUT, you have to add the resin in very small layers. Too much resin would cause too much heat and warp the plexiglass. You'll have to pour a little less than 1/4" at first. So only mix a little at a time.

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