September 28, 2012

Trashy Tables

I have been working on a few tables for the shop. I am loving how they turned out!

First up are a set of tables that I had around the house taking up space. They were fake "verdigris" and the finish was flaking off of the wood tops. I painted the bottoms in homemade antique white chalk paint. So far love.

 I then sanded the rest of the flakiness off and I was just going to stain and reattach. I apparently did a great job on one and sanded a bit too far on the other because when I stained looked great and the other looked splotchy. To try to save them I thought I might stamp them.
I did like the stamping but they did not go with the table bottoms. So now what?

I grabbed my tin snips and made them into planters!

I took chicken wire and made a basket and attached it to the frame with more wire. Then I layered moss in between the chicken wire frame and the frame of the table and hot glued more around the top.

I distressed everything pretty well and then added my one and only plant that is still alive.

You could fill it up with potted plants or seasonal items, like gourds and pumpkins. They are in the shop waiting for a good home. Let me know if you want them!

Next came a table that I am not sure I am going to be able to sell. No, it's not's delicious and so much so I may have to keep it. I styled the photos in my living room and it looks way too good there! 

I found this gem on Trash day on the way to work. It is pretty sad when I leave early for work specifically to hunt for trash around the burg on Tuesday mornings! oh, I am so glad I did. Picture me doing a donut in the middle of the road just to get back to see if it was as glorious as I had imagined driving by the first time. 

Actually the donut wasn't all that impressive considering I was only going about 20 MPH. That would make it a U-turn, and frankly, that just does not sound as exciting as me making a full fledged 60 MPH donut for the sake of junk!

What do you do with free junk? Add more free junk to the top of it! Free Pallets fit the bill.
 I did purchase the belts for $6.00. So yes, you can have an awesome, junkified, but classy coffee table for $6.00. That would amount to be one huge real Donut from Dunkin'! And I would do a real 60 MPH donut to get one of those babies! But forget the pastry.....let's get back on the road to my wood table

I staggered the wood instead of making it all straight and normal like I had done on my farmhouse table. It just said to do it and I always listen to my furniture. I also do not seal the wood as it will change the color and I like the ashy gray. I do give it a light sand to take off the rough edges and that is it.

I wanted to show you how I attached the pallet boards to the legs. So do you see the yellow wood slats peeking out from the bottom of the pallet wood? If you notice in the first picture of the legs sans wood, you will see that each curl has a hole. I laid the legs on top of the wood and attached them with 1.5" wood screws and then laid the whole deal on top of the pallet wood pieces upside down. Once I had them how I wanted them, I screwed each pallet piece to the boards. 

Then Tess and I made a trip to the Thrift and got us some belts! I choose the woven kind because I thought holes might be too hard to make work and I didn't want to have to add holes to make it tight and make it look like I added holes to make it tight. 
Woven worked like a charm.

While it is upside down, cut your belt how you want it, and use 3/4" nails to attach the belt to the back. I used 4 nails per side as I did not want the belt to unravel so I nailed each braided section individually.

Now the hard part....parting with it. Doesn't it look nice in my Living Room!

You can keep it simple and put your treasures right on top .......

or add some metal to take the look into even more of an industrial country vibe.
Either way Junk Rocks.....
and so do 20 MPH donuts!

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  1. Aren't you so clever!? Really cool things you do, so creative and talented, lady, you really are!
    Love the slip covered lampshades! Brilliant!


  2. Love what you did with those- came out great!

  3. Sandra@beneaththisroof.comSeptember 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Love your planters! I was looking also for your Secretly Awesome Crafter Protection Program (as per my blogger) but it is so secret, I can't find it!!! From the snippet I got in blogger, it sounds like a great idea!


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