Last week, I shared the reveal of our bedroom design, and today I wanted to share how we made our DIY Faux Gator Tray on the Bamboo Stand. I love the details. The added touches and finishes that polish a space and make it unique. That little extra detail that takes the whole look to the next level. Growing up, people always said, “Kristin is so detailed in everything she does.” That is definitely something that has carried into the spaces I design.
I wanted to do something different on my husband’s side of the bed. As I explained before, he has a penchant for spilling water glasses on his nightstand. He is REALLY GOOD at it. After the top of his last nightstand became disfigured from the last water war, I decided a waterproof option would be best for him. It’s details like this that make the difference when you are designing for someone else. You have to know how they live in the space, water spills and all. So, enter this Faux Alligator Fabric from Online Fabric Store.
I had a brass bamboo tray stand in storage that I really wanted to use as a nightstand, so we built a tray to fit the top out of plywood. Covering it in this waterproof, easy-to-clean vinyl, not only saves it from future damage, but adds such a chic look that fits with the bamboo detailing. We added gold stud push pins on each corner just for a little extra something.
COVERING YOUR TRAY IN VINYL FABRIC
(what you will need)
1 yard of your vinyl fabric
sharp scissors & a straight edge
ruler or measuring tape
light duty staple gun & staples
strong adhesive *do not use spray adhesive — it will not work.
paint brush (to spread adhesive on)
pencil or color chalk to mark cuts
heavy books and clamps
push pins or nailheads
This was one of those projects that was trial and error. My first attempt, I tried spray adhesive and that was a major fail. Don’t– just don’t. I swear the DIY gods did not want me sharing this project with you because then, stupid me!, I accidentally deleted all the in-process shots!! (Hangs head in shame) Major blogger fail. I can’t believe I did that! I really wanted to share it though, so I decided I could create these graphics to walk you through the process of exactly what we did.
You are going to only be making 2 large cuts. Cut 1) To wrap the entire tray from the bottom and over the sides. Cut 2) For the inside to cover the bottom.
With scissors, you need to notch your corners so you can have a clean fold. You will repeat the corner cut shown in the graphic below for all 4 corners.
Once all your corner cuts are made you can pull your fabric over the side of your tray.
We applied glue to the tray with a paint brush as we wrapped each side, smoothing it as we worked. We stapled the bottom edge of the vinyl to the inside bottom of the tray. The staples will be hidden when you place your bottom piece of fabric in the tray. You will want to pull the sides as tight as you can and smooth out any bubbling before stapling it in place.
We used heavy hardback books on the inside corners to keep pressure on them until the glue dried. We repeated this for the bottom piece too. You will want something weighty to keep those tricky corners in line while the glue dries. Clamps will work too, but we didn’t have enough. The gold stud push pins actually helped keep the corners in place along the top as the glue dried.
I just love how this turned out the second time around! It looks so upscale for being a homemade creation and I love that it will pass the Dave test now!
Visit Online Fabric Store to see their full selection of faux animal fabrics. This is a great option for bringing a high-end look into your space. OFS has options for faux alligator, snakeskin, ostrich and more.
I’d like to thank Online Fabric Store for supplying the fabric used for this project. Even after I failed at my first attempt, they were so kind to send me another yard so I could share this project with you. Thank you OFS! All opinions in this post are 100% mine.
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