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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Yardstick Table

This yardstick table was originally posted over at the terrific ReFreshReStyle with Debbie, so you might remember seeing it before.  But when 'ya do a guest post it feels wrong to link up your own project to a party when your project is at someone elses house.  So I'm bringing my table home.

Months worth of collecting
When ever I see a yardstick my ears hear the slap of it hitting my rear end.  My mom was a gentle lady.  I was a brat.  One of my first posts was about her and the Christmas cactus she left me.  She kept her yardstick by the refrigerator.  Was it just a convenient spot to store it or did she keep it there so when I came by she could quickly grab it and smack me on my butt?  I will never know.  A mark was never left on my azzz and I don't remember ever crying, but I knew I was being a serious brat if the yardstick came out.
 
I picked up this little table at an estate sale in July for $10 bucks.  I didn't need it.  Didn't have a place for it, and didn't like it's blonde finish.  It sat in the garage till October when I put it in my entry decorated with a dangling eye ball in a birds beak for Halloween.  Nearby in an umbrella stand was the stock pile of yardsticks I have been collecting for a project.  When the two were in close proximity to each other I made the connection, the lightbulb came on, and I knew they would become one.


There is no tutorial for this.  The yardsticks were attached with nails, the edge was cut off and a router was used to finish it.  I used CeCe Caldwell Traverse City Cherry with a wash of Virginia Chestnut Brown, which I also painted the top edge with.

Perhaps the key to obtaining this finish was painting, sanding, waxing, and distressing while in my jammies.


The distressing was followed with dark wax and I left the hardware as is.


I only wish I still had that old yardstick of my mom's.  It would be on this table top.


I also hit part of the mirror with some of the red.  I ran the brush over lightly and wiped it back.  I can't say how long this table will be in this spot, but the warm tones are nice for this time of year.

*Update:  As of January the table is still there, however the glass candle globe didn't make it.  It was pretty easy to hit as you fumble in the dark for that light-switch.  Just saying.....

Since the reason I reposted was so I could link the 3 foot long buggers, here it goes:

Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Nite Special - Yardsticks
Made You Look Linky @MadeInADay
Creative Inspirations Link Party @EmbracingChange
Open House Party @NoMinimalistHere
Under $100 Linky @BeyondThePicketFence
Party time @ThreeMangoSeeds
What's in the gunny sack @TheGunnySack
Make The Scene Monday @AlderberryHill
Newbie Party & Graduates @DebbieDoos
Crafty Texas Girls Cowgirl Up Party
All Star Block Party @FullCircleCreations
Party Time @Cupcakes&Crinoline 
Project Parade @DIY Show Off 
Silver Pennies Sunday @FindingSilverPennies 

The yardstick table proudly featured here:
All Star Block Party @FullCircleCreations 
Silver Pennies Sunday Party @SilverPennies
It's Party Time @ThreeMangoSeeds & Friends
Make the Scene Monday @AlderberryHill
The DIY Party @DIYShowOff 
What's in the Gunny Sack with Tonia @TheGunnySack 
Creative Inspirations Link Party @EmbracingChange 
Made U Look @MadeInADay

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60 comments :

  1. I love this table Bliss. Sorry about the mishap..happens all the time around here. You should have seen the mess I had this morning. CUP of COFFEE fell of my desk, all over rug, walls, door..it went flyin!

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  2. Your table is wonderful. I see them and wondered about making one, but I don't think I have the skills. I will just enjoy looking at yours.

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  3. The table turned out so beautiful. I love the yardsticks and the finish really came out perfect.

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  4. This table *rules*. I remember that post about your mom and the Christmas cactus...which was truly a beautiful post. How wonderful that you have another project inspired by her, that will bring back happy memories of her. I loved this table when I read your guest post and I love it even more here.

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  5. Love the finish on that table. Kids these days don't know what a good butt whipping is.

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  6. I should have known! Jammies is the secret to great craftsmanship! That table looks amazing.

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  7. A great table! Loved it when you guest posted it and now even more that you've posted it here. Great job!

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  8. Beautiful! Love the yardstick top!

    As for the glass candle globe...11 year old boys aren't very gentle around stuff like that either...light switch or not. Just sayin'.

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  9. I have much envy over this wonderful table! I hardly ever see vintage yardsticks when I'm out and about, but you've got me lookin' for them at least. Beautiful!

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  10. Looks awesome Bliss! I would love to do the same, but alas I have just one yardstick.
    Stacey :o)

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  11. I love it, Bliss! I've been stockpiling yardsticks and someday hope to actually do something with them. I hope I find a table I don't like and can make it look as great as yours! Pinning!

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  12. Great idea to top off the table with yardsticks. My mother once spanked me with a hand mirror which had an adorable girl's face on the other side of the mirror. There were even braids in her yarn hair. Needless to say, my mother broke my favorite hand mirror when she spanked me with it. I was devastated and cried extra long and hard to make her feel guilty for it. Plus I feared there were mirror slivers in my butt. I think I succeeded in making her feel guilty. :D (Just for the record, I have a wonderful relationship with my mother)

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  13. Aww, I wish you had that yardstick, too. Your table is pretty special...even without it.

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  14. Great table! I've been collecting yardsticks, but still haven't decided their fate. Someday!
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  15. This is great! I have often played with theidea of a yardstick top, but now that yardsticks are "hot," I can't find one for less than $5.

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  16. This is a great idea !
    Beautiful table. ;)
    Rose

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  17. Love your table and you've got me thinking.... wonder if mom still has the yardstick that tried to keep me in line. Darn thing was harder to avoid than the wooden spoon! :)

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  18. This is a gorgous little table. I love the playful yard sticks and that color is fantastic! Would love you to share at my Silver Pennies Sundays link party - http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/2013/01/silver-pennies-sundays-features-and.html if you get a chance! x

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  19. @Amy - "this table rules" - LOL

    I adore your table. I think most of my kitchen redo has been while in my jammies. I'm gonna need new jammies to celebrate when I'm done!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  20. I LOVE this table, Bliss!!! Using yardsticks for a table top is on my to-do list... You know, the one that keeps getting longer and longer? Until then, I'll just come back here and visit yours. ;)

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  21. Love love love this table Bliss!! Fabulous job!

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  22. One of my favorite projects -- I've been inspired to start collected yardsticks the past few months because of this! So far -- the big TWO. Not easy to find, but it's all about the hunt anyhow, right?
    xo Heidi

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  23. What a unique table now! That started out as an ordinary demilune and now it's a piece of art. Too bad that the sight of a yardstick doesn't give you good memories though. LOL!

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  24. This table turned out beautifully! I still am on the hunt for my own collection of yardsticks ;-)

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  25. I love this! I need to find me some yard sticks! Great project idea - thanks for sharing! Hugs, Leena

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  26. I love it, Bliss! Absolutely LOVE it! That would be fun to have your mom's yardstick. :)

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  27. Love it, love it, love it. Great color, and composition.

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  28. I've broken a cloche or two myself! I do remember this table and I still love it! I only have one yardstick, wonder what I could do with it??

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  29. Love it. I need to start collecting yardsticks. I would love to see that on a desk, but I would need a lot of yard sticks for that.

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  30. That is a really cool table to add the yardsticks too! Great job!

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  31. love the table, how fun and your story lines are always the best.

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  32. Your table looks wonderful Bliss! In my house growing up it was the wooden spoon.

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  33. I've been saving my yardsticks -- but don't have nearly enough yet! But I will take your advice to do this in my jambes!
    Have to pin this because one day in the very near future, I will obtain yardstick domination!

    Did you just saw off the excess yardsticks after you glued them to the table?
    Kelly

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  34. I need a table like this one...for $10...so I can use all those yardsticks I've been collecting...and put it in my front entry just like you. This is awesome Miss Bliss!!

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  35. Still love it :) R.I.P little glass dome...been there!!

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  36. This. is. awesome.

    I have about 10 yardsticks sitting in a cold dark space in my storage shop. They are wishing I was more like Bliss and would give them a chance to shine. I'll never be like Bliss so forever they will probably sit - in that cold dark space.

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  37. omg, D... you crack me up.
    You must get tired of me always saying that, but I MEAN IT!!
    My mom hit us with yardsticks, wooden spoons, and fly swatters.
    I would like to say the swatters had never been used, but I'm not one to lie.
    Your table turned out awesome! I am glad it is still there.
    Sorry about your cloche. :(

    Your comment about "Dave" on my blog had me laughing out loud.
    Too doggone funny, D.
    Love ya!

    xoxox
    A

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  38. This is just A-M-azing! It's really unique-LOVE!

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  39. I'm dreaming of creating my very own yardstick table. Now I just need to find me some old yardsticks!

    Oh, and my mom used to chase us with a big spoon. Or big fork. Maybe even a big knife. Think I might prefer the yardstick ...

    :) Linda

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  40. That is seriously gorgeous - love it!!!
    I can remember my mother once chasing me around with a rubber slipper - and me leaping over beds and tables and screaming like a serial killer was chasing me - and she just gave up lol
    xxx

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  41. I love this table! What a great find for 10 bucks girl! Topping it off with the yardsticks...genius! Since I am most creative in the early mornings...I craft in my jammies....alot!! (10a.m. is early morning right???!!!)

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  42. I love anything with yardsticks. I never got whacked with one because I was an angel, either that or mom was working all the time and didn't catch me at anything. Your table came out great. I like the router idea. Gave it a nice finish on the edges.

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  43. Loved it at Debbie's. Still love it. It's twice loved. I've got two yardsticks. I guess I better keep saving them!

    RIP poor candle globe :(

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  44. Nice job on the table - it's gorgeous!

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  45. I'm sure I commented on this before, but I love the paint finish on this.

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  46. I am visiting from Debbie Doos! I also posted a yardstick table project. Love the colors and the shape of your table. It turned out really cute and yardsticks in my opinion are the coolest! :)

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  47. Just found you through Made in A Day linky party. Love this table. What a great idea for those old yardsticks. I'm your newest follower and a fellow newbie. I hope you'll join me too at www.crazythriftycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  48. Well, you got me thinking. I have a table and the top needs some sort of finish. It won't likely be yardsticks, but yours do help me to think differently. Kept trying to figure how I could get a sheet metal finish for mine, but that seems too difficult to get just right. I'll keep thinking. This is just wonderful.
    Liz

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    1. PS: Without Jammies, the world would likely be a cold barren place void of crafty ladies' creations.
      Liz

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  49. It's gorgeous, Bliss! I love the character of old yardsticks. You did a beautiful job (as always). I'm going to add this to my highlights collection tomorrow. :) Thanks so much for sharing! Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  50. Connecting from Beyond the Picket Fence. Holy moly - what a gorgeous transformation! I am going to start collecting yardsticks now to hopefully recreate something as stunning as this. You have given me new inspiration! Thanks so much!

    Jen @ Noting Grace
    new follower, too!

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  51. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured tomorrow!
    I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, and join me tomorrow evening for Make the Scene Monday #59!

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  52. Featuring this AWESOME makeover tomorrow! HUGS!

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  53. So adorable and like everyone else I am featuring it too! :) Plus I pinned, tweeted, stumbled and +1'ed it.

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  54. Love this, girl!
    Thanks for sharing - have a blessed week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  55. Featuring you today!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  56. I am not eve sure where to begin to find the yardsticks! Your table is beauti-ful! I am featuring you tomorrow! Thanks so much for linking up with me last week!
    Kim

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  57. I'm a huge clock fan and was thinking, OMG wouldn't it be wonderful also hanging on a wall! Good job.... :)

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