How To Turn an Old Coffee Table into Beautiful Signage

June 27th, 2013 in member junk     
GypsyBarn Jasmin Marisett, contributor
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Here she is all finished and in her new home. Now to wait for the flowers to thrive and the butterflies to come. They are planning a live release of some butterflies. That should be grand for the children!
I have had this old coffee table top sitting in my shop just waiting for the perfect use. I figured it should be a grand sign of some sort, but never had the opportunity to use it. I guess it was waiting for them!
Busy as a bee. I put on an exterior primer and a few coats of white paint and then designed the wording. Once I found a font that would be fun for kids yet still classy, I added it and set to painting. Slow and steady all the way.
Once I finished the lettering, I added a metal butterfly that was crafted from a local metal worker. It was lacking colour so I googled some images of native butterflies and set forward by adding first some orangeish-red colour, laid the butterfly back on and thought it needed more punch. I added the black and then the white spots over that and then pulled the colours into the trim of the table to accent its cury edges.
Here she is complete in the painting stage. I drilled a few tiny holes under the wings and used some very fine wire to attach them through the table for stability. There was also one hole for a screw in the middle of the wings. I then added 4 clear coats of an exterior varathane on the front and then then back for added protection from the elements.
I think choosing hardware to hang the sign was the toughest part. How do I hang a fragile table like this? I had a chat with my FAVOURITE Home Depot Customer Service Rep - Hamilton - and we came up with these ideas. The piece you see attached to the back of the sign is actually a connector piece for a chain link fence. We pinched it at the back, drilled a hole through for the bolt and she was snug as a bug. I also added a metal loop to the fence part to attach the chain. I used some leftover chandalier chain and attached it to some hooks that were sunk into the barn beams on the sign post. I also used a nice blacksmithed L Bracket for the post and then attached another iron hummingbird plant feeder to the back half of the sign, just in case they wanted to do some hanging pots.
I stained and then painted to 4 x 4 beams I took out of an old barn. Then clear coated them in the same exterior clear coat as the sign for added protection. They are after all about 200 years old.  We chose to put the post together on site and then sink it into a 3 foot hole and cement it in. No chance of falling on the kiddos when they stop to see the butterflies! I wasnt feeling well that day, so called in the hubby for some muscle help! Told him he had to be a DIY GRRRRL for the afternoon ha!
Here she is all finished and in her new home. Now to wait for the flowers to thrive and the butterflies to come. They are planning a live release of some butterflies. That should be grand for the children!

Here she is all finished and in her new home. Now to wait for the flowers to thrive and the butterflies to come. They are planning a live release of some butterflies. That should be grand for the children!


I was so honoured to be part of the transformation of this park! And what better way to be involved than to be asked to do a butterfly sign! It was a fair bit of work but a great learning experience as well. I've done signs before but wanted this to stand proud in the park for many years, so learning about the proper exterior paints for longevity was great! I'm sure I might be missing a step or two of the process here, but feel free to ask questions. I forsee some fun signage around our pool this summer!
Pattern or design used: My own design - How to make your own outdoor sign.
posted in: member junk, tabletop, metal, wood, cottage, artwork, plant holder, funky, country, garden, outdoor spaces, black, chic, brown, table, contemporary, cast iron-metallic, orange

Comments (6)

LloydsLandingofSears writes: Just wonderful! I've used headboards in gardens as signs, but not table tops...great up-cycling idea, thanks Jasmin! ~Mary~ Posted: 8:09 pm on August 11th
GypsyBarn writes: Thank you! the children love it! It looks wonderful in their gardens for sure!!! Posted: 9:24 am on July 23rd
TinTinJunkFan writes: Very nice! Especially love the hardware for hanging. Great job! Posted: 12:24 pm on July 5th
gadgetsponge writes: So cool to be part of the community that way. Love your thought process. Posted: 7:34 am on July 3rd
suziart writes: I love projects that are for communities, etc...and this is wonderful! I also have done many things in different cities I have lived in, and the happiness it brings to the community and the feeling of giving back...well, it's a beautiful thing! Great job!!!

suzi

Posted: 2:24 pm on June 29th
StrangeCargo writes: Jasmin, another cool and out of the box re-purpose project on an everyday item. Well said, well done.
Ken Posted: 7:54 am on June 28th
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