Superheroes via Ikea

Posted in creative, Ikea by Tony C on February 15, 2012

What do you do when you have a piece of furniture that’s not looking it’s best, often if it’s something cheap from Ikea you’ll throw it away. But they can be given a new lease of life even if it’s a £7.49 Lack coffee table.

Superhero Table 1

The table is £7.49 for a reason, the laminate surface it really thin and even with light use water will eventually lift the fibre board underneath.  Much if not all of the process was an experiment, particularly as the artwork was on glossy paper rather than something more akin to newsprint.  First job was to remove the legs and second was to give the damaged top a  light (and I do mean light) sand with fine wet and dry paper (in dry mode of course).   The surface was then sealed with a thin coat of primer.  For the artwork I cut the images from an old copy of Mythology by Alex Ross, after all is art is rather special.  I tried PVA glue but the glossy finish on the paper caused it to bubble  when stuck down so I reverted to photo mount, but the thickness of the paper meant I had to be quiet generous.

Superhero Table 2

To finish it was given five coats of satin coat polyurethane varnish.  This might seem a little over the top but if gives the finish a depth that blends the edges of the images together.

Next time I’d like to tackle something larger.


X Factor here we come…well not me obviously.

Posted in creative, fun, software by Tony C on January 9, 2009

I know some other people have already blogged about this but as it fits into the ‘too cool for school’ category it’s definitely worth mentioning again.

Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.

If you want to have a play and find the inner ‘superstar’ a free trial download (98mb) is available.