My First Furniture DIY: A Travel-Inspired Breakfast Table

 A Palm Springs-inspired breakfast table (AKA an upcycled closet door.
A Palm Springs-inspired breakfast table (AKA an upcycled closet door.

A couple weeks back I wrote about the itch I get every January. To scratch that itch, I decided to try out a travel-inspired DIY project. The folks at the Edmonton Renovation Show approached me last year to be one of their local bloggers to participate in this super cool upcycling challenge. We had to pick up a door, any door, from the local Re-Store and renovate it to become whatever we wanted. Some of my fellow up cyclers did some rad stuff with theirs: one made a bean bag toss game, another a galactic inspired door, another a record rack/table.

Here’s my little inspiration blurb that’s accompanying my creation at the Edmonton Renovation Show:

As a huge fan of Palm Springs and the mid-century modern aesthetic found in the homes and hotels of that area, I was hoping to create something that harkens back to the era of Rat Pack parties and pops of colour. I chose a closet door that has a Danish teak look to it. There will be some geometrics involved as an ode to the triangular Albert Frey-designed Palm Springs Tramway gas station that now serves as a tourist destination.

In process: spackling, painting and more painting of my Palm Springs-inspired DIY.
In process: spackling, painting and more painting of my Palm Springs-inspired DIY.

For about three weeks I worked on the table in spurts in our total man cave of a basement. This project surprising quenched my my thirst for California sun.

The finished product plus late night fuel: homemade mochas with Fiasco Gelato's hot chocolate.
The finished product plus late night fuel: homemade mochas with Fiasco Gelato’s hot chocolate.

The finished product ended up being a  long, thin table that I can imagine having breakfast tacos at with some of my besties before a day spent thrifting, poolside lounging or desert hiking in the Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area. Behold a DIY project that’s as much as a 3-D ode to trips of yore as it is a contributing to a charity event (it’s being auctioned off with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity, yay!).

Photo credit: Designmilk/Flickr/CC
Photo credit: Designmilk/Flickr/CC

 

More inspiration: Elvis & Priscilla Presley's honeymoon house is all angles and love.
More inspiration: Elvis & Priscilla Presley’s honeymoon house is all angles and love.
Colour inspiration: The Saquaro in Palm Springs oozes colour and vibez.
Colour inspiration: The Saquaro in Palm Springs oozes colour and vibez.
My Rust Oleum goodies & other supplies.
My Rust Oleum goodies & other supplies.

Be sure to check out the table at the Edmonton Renovation:

Ultimate Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged!
presented by Rust Oleum in support of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton – check out the table projects at the Edmonton Home Renovation Show, Hall B. 

 

 

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