Thursday, June 17, 2010

Before & After: My own brickmaker table

I have many unfinished projects just laying around my house. Either I’m waiting for extra to finish it or it just simply got forgot they are sprinkled throughout every level of my house.


Last night I was able to finish one that’s been around for a couple of months!


Brickmaker tables have been popular for the last couple of months.  In the beginning versions of them were only available to the trade, but slowly things trickled down the masses and you can pick up your version at Restoration Hardware for almost $1,400.




Imagine my surprise when a couple of months ago I ran into this at a thrift store:



Now the tabletop left more to be desired, but look at that base! For $8.99 I promptly added it to my loot.


Brickmaker tables were originally a pallet used to cut, cool and transport bricks in Belgian brickworks.


Well I didn’t have wood from 100 years ago that use to cut, cool and transport bricks, but I did have a  whole lots of pallets left-over from my planter box project.


Here is what we did:

1. Removed existing tabletop.

2. Use base frame as a stencil for a piece of plywood.

3. Cut plywood to size

4. Cut pieces of pallet wood and and glue onto plywood in a subway tile type pattern.



5. Let the glue dry overnight or in our case a couple of months. :)


6. Sand the entire piece with 60 grit sandpaper.


Now our pallets looked weathered already, but I wanted to antique it a bit more. We thought of liming or white-washing, but in the end we came up with our own solution.


We gathering the supplies for white washing:

- flat white paint

-paint brush

- water


But then we added a little bit of this:


- Water based wood stain


7. To get our mixture we used:

-  1/4 pt aka half of the small can

- dollop of white paint (size of a quarter)

-1 cup of water



8. Then we (Ok, yes I know it’s Jon’s hand, but just humor when I say “we” did it) brushed on the mixture to our wood.


Here you can take a peek at the color difference:


9. We let dry overnight and then we were all done:


10. Now you just need to screw it back into place.


We finally moved it into it’s new home and we love the look.


Jon was my stylist for the shoot and he first gave me a bit of girly look with my design magazine and a weathered box to hide all of the remotes.


Then since this table will live in the man den he did a manly version of the table:


Thanks hubby! Great job!


I think it came out great and cost less than $10 dollars. We only had to pay for the table ($8.99) the rest was left-over's from our shop.


Are you now tempted to weather some of the wood pieces in your home?

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Blogger Maria said...

excellent job, looks amazing!

June 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger AmericanGypsy said...

LOVE IT! What a fantastic project. Honestly, it makes me want to spend all weekend at thrift stores. OH, I love that the man-den version of the table has a beer bottle sitting artfully on top of some type of spool and the remotes are even styled. Have to give your husband credit...that tablescape isn't half bad! Nice work, all!

June 17, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow- i LOVE this project! i am going to be on the lookout for a table like that. it would be perfect in my family room!

June 17, 2010 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Dayka (Life +Style) said...

don't you just LOVE the thrift store??? this table is great, and i love the treatment you added to the top. it looks like it's been there for decades. :)

June 17, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Scientific Housewife said...

Great job!

June 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Fantastic! I've been dreaming about a similar coffee table for some time now and knew the only way to have one would be making my own. Thanks for the inspiration!!

June 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

That looks great! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has ongoing projects scattered throughout the house.

June 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

great job! Love the final looks!

June 17, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Bryn said...

You are so lucky to have a handy husband!!! I'm definitely the handy one in our marriage. But I can't complain, my husband is the chef.

June 17, 2010 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Megan Smart said...

Great job! I love this! This kind of table would be perfect in my den!

June 17, 2010 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

haha I love the manly styling! And the tile pattern looks great!

June 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

C.R.AZY that you knocked that out for less than 10 clams! It looks great!

June 17, 2010 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Anne-Marie (10 Rooms) said...

that is fantastic! really gorgeous..

June 17, 2010 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger paula said...

oh my this is stunning! talk about a find!

June 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger 1 Funky Woman said...

What a fantastic find for that price! The after is amazing!

June 17, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Wow! What a great job and find!! You should congratulate your husband on a great job styling :)

June 17, 2010 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

THAT IS AMAZING. great work! it! :)

June 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

I am dying over the "manly" styling...

June 17, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger The Brick Cottage said...

Fabulous! I can't believe you scored it for $8.99! I will forever be impressed with your makeover's and diy projects.

June 17, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Great project! I do get what you mean about things lingering along...I should really finish up our Master Bathroom so I can show it off to you all-hah, us bloggers, too overcommitted and overstimulated! Love the finished project AND the #9 beer, that's one of our faves :) *Amy

June 17, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Kathysue said...

Camilla, I just read your last three post and all I have to say is you need to rename your blog, The Classy-Clever-Creative Lady!!! Amazing!! Happy Thursday,Kathysue

June 17, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger ~Mendie~ said...

Love this! I would love to make something like this for our downstairs den someday! The paint was a needed touch!

June 17, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Hilary Dow-Ward said...

Excellent job! I actually like yours better. The wood on the top ce magnifique!
Well done.

June 17, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

This is truly fantastic! I must admit I am quite jealous of your find and your excellent workmanship :) My hubby and I were just discussing how to get some cool old wood b/c we've been so inspired by "Knock Off Wood's" design for a farmhouse table (thanks for the link to her site, btw).

June 17, 2010 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger pam@pixelimpress said...

super! the man version tablescape is missing one thing... a roll of duct tape. pam

June 17, 2010 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

WOW! That's a fantastic knock off! It looks really good~well done!

June 17, 2010 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Hirondelle Rustique said...

Oh wow! That was quite a find! I love what you did with it!

June 17, 2010 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

You are something else! Looks dynamite!

June 17, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

Seriously, I need to come thrifting with you! You find the most amazing stuff!!

June 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger cassie @ hi sugarplum! said...

GREAT project! and I love your wire basket of magazines.

I want to white-wash an do you know when you have the right ratio of paint to water? The wood is that raw southwest style, will it just soak in the water and leave paint only showing? (this is probably the dumbest question ever!)

June 17, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger bazaarofserendipity said...

Your hubby is the best! Always helping you with all your little projects! what a trooper! it turned out great as always!

June 17, 2010 at 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great end result!!! I love it!! And I second everyone's applause of your hubby and how he always helps with your projects

June 17, 2010 at 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Laura@JourneyChic said...

LOVE the way this looks! You are so great at seeing the potential in random thrift-store (or curb) finds.

June 17, 2010 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

So happy you all liked it!

You guys are giving Jon a huge head! :) He is thrilled of course.

He even made a point to tell me that he picked out that beer, because it orange in the label and he knew it would go with the color scheme he was going for.

*Cassie for the ratio of white-washing you really just have to play around with it. We had a spare piece of wood that we tried different variations of and the formula that worked for us was with having a large amount of water, medium amount of stain and then just the smallest amount of white paint. I can't give you exact measurements, because I'm not sure of the size of your piece.

June 17, 2010 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

camila, you've done it again. a brilliant diy project — and jon's styling was just the icing on the cake.

June 17, 2010 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

very cool!

June 17, 2010 at 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Jules said...

Oh my. The fact that he styled it the way he did is too cute for words. Great job!

June 17, 2010 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger charm home said...

Wow, isn't it amazing how one person's trash can become another's major treasure!! Your table looks great. -c

June 18, 2010 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Alexandra Rae said...

Love this! I've been MIA for a few weeks, okay maybe months (will post apologies and justifications on my blog, eventually). But, oh how I've missed YOUR blog. I love the cuteness of Jon styling his table. Tell him job well done.

June 18, 2010 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous katrina berg said...

I adore it! You two make an incredible duo!

June 18, 2010 at 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Maggie Rose said...

It looks so good! You certainly have the eye for finding the diamond in the rough. And nice job hubby on the tabletop! It looks totally original to the base.

June 19, 2010 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger PS~Erin said...

What a find! Great job updating it!

June 19, 2010 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Sabbe said...

you are awesome and this is an awesome project!!

June 19, 2010 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Hopeless Chest said...

Looks fantastic!

June 19, 2010 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger Lissa @ After Adornment said...

Amazing! Great project. My husband wants the restoration hardware table but with that price tag it is a bit of a stretch...he will flip over this and we can start hunting for our own table base. Love It!

June 20, 2010 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

That is awesome! What a clever way to get a Restoration Hardware table.

June 21, 2010 at 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are unbelievable!!! Such a great project... Turned out fabulous! xoRH

June 22, 2010 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger Hello Lover... said...

Awesome - love this!

June 22, 2010 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger prashant said...

excellent job, looks amazing!
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June 23, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what great project, i love the result, its beautiful but simple, i want a table just like this

June 24, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Deux Maison said...

So inspired! Glad to have found you. We even blogged about you!

June 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Ticklish Moose said...

Really neat! I love a good upcycle story. :)

July 3, 2010 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Krista Marie said... looks great! Linked today to it:

July 3, 2010 at 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Kate Collins Interiors said...

Wow - love it! What a great find and to think of changing it to a brickmaker table was genius.

July 30, 2010 at 3:57 PM  
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