I absolutely love when I can turn discarded nothings into something.  It makes my heart skip a beat when something that was being thrown away can be recreated and given a new life!

For this project, I created a calendar page table top with some free vintage and antique calendar pages and a table that I literally found on the side of the road.  What better materials than 40 and 60 year old pieces of perfectly preserved paper and a thrown away table! roadside-rescue-sidetableantique-calendar-pagesTo begin, I wanted to paint the table to complement the antique look of the calendar pages.  I used a custom mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cream and Coco to create a soft beige colour that would be perfect for the table legs and shelf.  annie-sloan-chalkpaint-cream-cocoIn order to have the table look as aged as the calendar pages, I used a round paint brush moving it in all directions when I was applying the paint.  These miss-matched strokes, when dry, would provide the perfect crevices and lines for a glaze that would give the table the antique look I was going for.  adding-texture-with-annie-sloan-chalkpaintcream-coco-chalk-paintTo bring out the crevices and lines of the paint, I used Fusion Mineral Paint Antiquing Glaze. I have used this glaze before and love the aged look it brings to the paint.  (you can see another project where I used it here)fusion-mineral-paint-antiquing-glazeTo apply the glaze, I brushed it on the painted surface woking on one small area at a time.brushing-on-fusion-antiquing-glazeOnce it was brushed on, I rubbed it in with a soft, clean cloth and wiped it back as I was going.  wiping-off-fusion-antiquing-glazeFor the table top, I used these incredibly beautiful calendar pages that I was given at a recycling store for free because no one else wanted them.  Can you believe no one else wanted them?!  (you can read more about that adventure here). I am still absolutely in awe that they look so lovely together since two of them were from 1954 and two were from 1974. laying-out-calendar-pages-for-table-topTo turn the pages into a usable top that wouldn’t damage the paper I began by “gluing” them to the table using Minwax Polycrylic.  Once the pages where in place, I painted on about six coats/layers of the Polycrylic allowing each to fully dry between.

Tip: If your pictures bubble up when the Polycrylic is wet, it is ok.  When it dries, they will shrink back and dry flat.   gluing-down-calendar-pages-for-table-topOnce the Polycrylic was dried and hardened, I used a knife to trim off the excess paper.  trimming-off-excess-calendar-page-table-topTo finish off the edges, I dabbed on a little more of the Antiquing Glaze right over the edge of the paper to make it look like it was part of the table.  using-fusion-antiquing-glaze-to-finish-edgesWhen it was all done, this piece turned out to be incredibly unique!  I could see it fitting perfectly into a den or next to a gorgeous, over-stuffed leather chair 🙂 antique-calendar-page-side-tableusing-antique-calendar-pages-for-table-topfusion-mineral-paint-antiquing-glaze-over-annie-sloan-chalkpaintI am so very happy that I was not only able to save a perfectly useful table from ending up in the trash but was able to preserve these gorgeous pieces of antique and vintage paper! vintage_calendar_page_table

 

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  1. What a wonderful idea for making use of vintage calendar pages and a left-for-dead table.

  2. Diana says:

    So creative, Lisa; you gave that table a whole new life–great job! Thanks for sharing it with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • Thanks so much Diana! I love those Calendar pages and am so glad I could find a way to use them 🙂

  3. This is such a creative upcycle, Lisa, I can’t believe no one wanted those papers. They are so cool. I always say we should go shopping together. We would have so much fun 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

    • I know… I couldn’t believe no one wanted them either! I snatched them up in a heartbeat 🙂 I was even willing to pay for them and they told me to take them because they’d been kicking around for so long 🙂 Even better! And I agree… we would have soo much fun!

  4. Debrashoppeno5 says:

    I love this project. You did a very nice job bringing a plain brown table back to life.

  5. I love how you repurposed those beautiful calendar pictures! Your table is lovely! Thank you for joining in Making Broken beautiful and sharing your great work! I hope you had a good week!
    Smiles!
    Terry

    • I was so happy to figure out something to do with the beautiful pages… especially since they had been so well preserved for so long! I would have just hated to see them destroyed.

  6. Hi! Stopping by from the Favorite Things hop. Your table looks beautiful! So great that you found it on the side of the road too!

    • Thanks so much Raquel! I love when I can find things on the side of the road 🙂 Crazy what makes my day 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Hugs, Lisa

  7. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    This looks so, so pretty and I love the aged effect of the stain you used on the rest of the table. The calenders give it a lovely elegant look.

    • Thanks Mary! This was such a unique and fun project. I really love the Fusion antiquing stain… I have used it on a few projects now and have really grown fond of the look it gives 🙂

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