Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Moroccan Side Tables DIY

If you follow me on social media or watch my YouTube videos, you might have noticed that lately I've been on a Moroccan design binge.  Everything from the keyhole arches and geometric tiles to the jewel toned mosaic lanterns are really turning me on right now!  Fast forward to me whipping together some Moroccan inspired side tables to use on the back patio this summer.  I loved figuring out the easiest way to make these, too.  The trick to getting the perfect pointed keyhole cutouts on the base is to nail the base pieces together first and then cut them out.  I figured that out the hard way.  Remember to look for inspiration in every part of the world and always Make Your Mark!
So ready for the summer!
The perfect little Moroccan inspired side table!
I'm obsessed with nailhead trim
Watch how I put them together here!
1 piece of 20" x 20" x 3/4" Plywood
4 pieces of 1" x 12" x 22" Pine Board
Hammer and Nails
Jigsaw and Sander
1. & 2. Fold a sheet of 12" x 22" paper in half and sketch 1/2 of a pointed keyhole design on one side and cut it out
3.  Trace it on the 4 pieces of pine board
4.  On the 20" x 20" plywood, mark 5" from each corner on each side and connect to marks to make an octagon shape
5. Nail the pine boards together with 2" long nails 
6. - 8.  Cut out the 4 pointed keyhole shapes and cut off the corners of the 20" x 20" piece of plywood to make the octagon shape and then sand all of the edges
9.  Paint the outside of the base and the top of the table top with Vintage Effect Wash in Berry 
and let dry
10. & 11.  Paint the pointed keyhole edge and table top edge with Americana Outdoor Living in Turquoise Sky
12.  On the top part of the base (above the tip of the keyhole design) stencil about 1/2 of the mandala on all 4 edges using a cosmetic sponge and more Turquoise Sky
13. & 14.  Center and trace a dinner plate in the center the table top and fill in with Americana Decor Outdoor Living in Sunset
15.  Stencil the mandala over the orange circle on the table top
16.  Paint the inside of the table base with more Outdoor Living in Sunset
17.  Apply nailhead trim to the outer edge of each keyhole cut out and around the edge of the table top
18. Center and nail the table top to the base
This table was washed in Vintage Effect Wash in Orange and the edges were painted in Outdoor Living in Adirondack Green.  The mandala was stenciled in Picket Fence.


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