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Monday, March 12, 2012

The stand-in

I love vintage industrial furniture. Love, love, love it. I have hanging cage lights, metal baskets and lots of cool rusty goodness bits and pieces. But I REALLY want this industrial console table from Hudson Goods



Unfortunately, $1300 is out of the question, so I researched DIY industrial tables and found some terrific ideas. But, since Mr. Bad Rabbit is doing a lot of traveling right now, making a table won't happen any time soon.

Soooooo. I impulsively decided to make a stand-in. I thought it wise to really make sure I'd be happy with the metallic look before investing time and money. Plus I just had to do something about the bland, outdated table I've put up with for years. I couldn't take it anymore.

I didn't take a before picture, but this is the basic style of the 1980s sofa table I was so desperately tired of.


Boring. 

So I grabbed 3 different silver craft paints and some flat black and got to it!


So much better! Finally, some visual interest!

To achieve the rust stain look, I used these finishes:


They work together to produce a chemical reaction creating "rust." You never know what you will get.




After a quick spray of poly it was ready to make it's debut as an industrial table.





Oh, I do like me something shiny!


Wasn't Mr. Bad surprised when he came home from his trip? He really likes the look and is looking forward to doing a DIY table. Meanwhile, I'm content with my stand-in. For a while anyway.

The added bonus is how it shows off Hubby's Olympic Torch, which he carried in 1996. Before, it was lost in all that wood. 

Linking to:
common ground
young an crafty
sassy sites
the girl creative
chic on a shoestring decorating
shabby nest
the gunny sack
a stroll thru life

4 comments:

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  2. I constantly amazed at how you can turn something so mundane into something amazing!

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  4. Love your table, how fun is that. It turned out fantastic and the torch is unreal. What a treasure. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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