Thursday, June 20 2013

Ticket table music to your eyes

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Have you ever visited a friend’s apartment and felt like you walked into Ikea’s annual catalogue? You sit on page 8, drink from page 132 and find yourself thinking that, yes, you should have gotten page 70 in red instead of white.

Thankfully, with little DIY touches, you can give even the most ubiquitous furniture a custom-look for less.

Take this project from Catherine Keller, for example. Using years of saved ticket stubs and some Mod Podge, Keller easily transforms this common side table into a functional, artistic display that showcases her love of live music.

So whether your hobby is collecting tickets, stamps, coasters, photos or bottle caps — resurfacing home furnishings is a simple and affordable way to add a personal touch. 


  • ticket stubs
  • Mod Podge (matte water based sealer), approx. $8 – $10
  • Mod Podge (gloss clear acrylic sealer spray), approx. $9 – $12
  • Ikea Lack coffee table approx. $10 – $15
  • paintbrush
  • foam roller
  • scissors

Ticket table how-to

1. Wipe down your coffee table surface. Arrange ticket stubs on top of the table so you have a general idea of where everything will go.

2. Starting at one corner and moving across row by row, paint down each ticket stub with Mod Podge matte sealer using a paintbrush. The pieces might bubble — you can just give it an extra brush of Mod Podge on top. (But be gentle — the ticket’s already saturated with glue and you don’t want it to rip or smudge.) *Don’t worry if stubs extend beyond the table’s edge.

3. Once the first layer is dry, trim overhanging edges with scissors.

4. Next, use a foam roller and apply an even coat of Mod Podge matte sealer over everything. Let it dry again and repeat two to four times. (The glue might dry a little opaque if you apply each layer too thick or don’t allow enough time to dry. This project sat at least 45 minutes before each new coat.)

5. Allow the table to sit overnight and dry after the final layer of Mod Podge matte sealer. Afterwards, spray the entire top with Mod Podge gloss acrylic sealer. (Just follow directions on the back.) Apply a couple layers and let it dry for at least 48 hours before you wipe it down with a cloth.

Do you DIY? Email julia.dilworth[at] or tweet me @JuliaDilworth about project submissions, your DIY attempts or feedback — I’d love to hear from you!

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