Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pool Table to Sewing Table!!!

1st stop: Joann's for 5 yards of 2" thick foam.  Luckily, they come in 2.5 yd sheets, so I only needed to trim 4" from the length of one piece to fill the table between the rails.  I had a 50% coupon, so the foam came out to about $70.  I also grabbed 3 yards of clearance vinyl to protect the existing cover, for a whopping$9.  I inserted the foam over the vinyl cover, between the rails.
2nd stop: Lumberyard(s).  There were 3 stops made to ask questions and find the best option.  I told them what I was doing with it, and that I needed it to be lightweight, smooth, and not too flexible.  Home Depot showed me plywood and a huge sheet of dry erase board, but I didn't have the truck, so I couldn't buy anything.  My 2nd stop recommended boards of masonite (good call, Lurking Reader!), but didn't carry any, and referred me to a nearby lumber yard.  I traded vehicles with DH, and picked up 2 boards of masonite for $45.  They were nice enough to cut it down to the size I needed ( 2 pieces of 4' x 5'), and I kept the scraps.  Very smooth, very thin (1/4"), and not too heavy.  Think of old fashioned clipboards, that's the stuff!
When we got home, I had it all assembled and put together within 15 minutes, all by myself.  I'm one of those people that when I get an idea in my head, I can't stop thinking about it.  So, of course, I had to do it, and do it now!
I added a strip of clear shipping tape to join the sheets of masonite.  If we ever need to remove it, the two pieces will just fold together.  I'm going to wait on making it higher, I want to see if it's actually uncomfortable at this height (32"), or livable.  I'm thoroughly thrilled with my new gigantic workspace, and am headed back down there now.... see ya!

18 comments:

Karin van D. said...

A pool table? At your house? I would love that? Is that nerdy of me? My first thought was: But where do you play pool now? :-D

Anyway, congrats on your new sewing space!

Sewfast said...

Very cool! Makes a great workspace and you can still play pool if the mood strikes you! And I see storage underneath too...you could make a skirt to go around there and then just think of all the fabric you could hide...er, I mean store! :)

beangirl said...

totally COOL! I am very jealous.

Julia said...

What a great idea! I would love to have a huge cutting table.

Faye Lewis said...

Very innovative!

Amanda S. said...

Ooh, super jealous over here. Know where I cut out my projects? THE FLOOR!!! NOT pleasant, especially at 34 weeks pregnant.

Mz.Choize said...

Great idea! I also have a pool table that we only use on occasions. Keep us updated, I would love to try this one mine!!

Elaray said...

Totally inspired!

AuntieAllyn said...

Oooooh, I'm envious! I have a table in my basement that I might be able to clean up enough so that I could cut out patterns on it, but I've been cutting out patterns on the floor for over 40 years and I'm not sure I could do it standing up!!

amber said...

That is one heck of a great refashion! So cool!

JoanneM said...

You are one resourceful and clever lady !!!!!!!

Bunny said...

Talk about taking over! I love it and you figured out how to pull this off. Go, Kristine!

Michelle said...

Wow, what a great workspace!! Color me jealous!

Summerset said...

Very clever! What a smart use of what you have to make your work space better.

Dharma said...

Very creative thinking! I know you will enjoy having a dedi.cated cutting table

BeeBee said...

Nice pool table remodel. I would never have thought of the foam. And I am jealous of the huge space.
And it was a fun outing - looking forward to Habermans, et al.

Cissie said...

Kristine, I used to use a pool table for a cutting table as well. However, since I am on the tall side (5'8") I had a top made for it to raise it about 10". The added bonus was that I had storage under that top as well as the storage under the pool table. But since pool was definitely out for my husband and son, they eventually moved the table out and I had a huge free standing cabinet made to replace it.
But your solution is great! I know you're enjoying it. Nothing better than having plenty of room to spread out.

JustGail said...

Very resourceful! Especially if the pool table isn't used often. Or if it is, maybe a new sewing table will appear, so the pool table isn't tied up with sewing? It worked for Cissie!