Using Antique Calendar Pages on a Table Top

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

  2. 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

    1. 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!

  3. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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

  4. 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.

    1. 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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