So as you can see I have gotten the design itch. Currently I am re-working my dining area.
My first step to any design challenge is to figure out what I want and what I am drawn too.
Pinterest is the perfect sounding board for this… So I did what every girl would do I started pinning different aesthetics that I like.
You can view my inspiration board here!
As I do with all my designs I started to look for pattern. My go to color scheme for my entire apartment is varying shades of blue and white. Traditionally I lean towards navy and white, but my living room, kitchen and dining room also incorporate varying shades of aqua and teal. The one thing I kept noticing in my patterns beyond my color scheme was the round tulip table. Guess what guys – I have a round tulip table.
The only problem was my Ikea Docksta has seen better days and the table surface has a few scratches. I contemplated just buying another Docksta but figured I could spend that money better elsewhere. One thing about my apartment and design is that I can do it on a budget. After a lengthy web search I found out that Docksta’s generally get scratched up, but then my mother reminded me that any table you use multiple times a day will get wear and tear. So I set out to save my tulip table.
The first thing I did was give it a good scrub. For the table top the usual all-purpose cleaner works great, but acetone can help to get rid of anything sticky. I use my dining room table for sewing and crafting so I had some old glue stuck on mine… acetone took it right off. For the scratches I tried a few different things like paint pens but ultimately found that the permanent chalk marker I had from my craft drawer match perfectly! I did about 3 coats with drying time in between and the top looks so much better!
I also gave some special attention to the base of my table. White obviously can get dirty and mine certainly was. I started again with muli-purpose cleaner, then used Ajax with bleach to whiten it up and finally a Magic Eraser to finish the job!
What can I say I saved my Docksta and $175 – more dinning room makeover fun to come!