Here it is-our thrifted side table. It's made of metal and surprisingly heavy, but was the perfect size and shape for our DIY makeover.
Rusty Modern Thrifted Table
We spotted an industrial metal and wood side table at our local Starbucks that we thought we could DIY. After we found the perfect table at a thrift store, we used a faux rusty/crusty technique to transform it. We loosely followed a tutorial from Rogue Engineer. (See our full blog post for a link to the tutorial for more information.)
After cleaning up the table, it was sprayed with primer. Be sure to use one that is good for priming metal.
The first step in creating the faux rusty/crusty finish is to mix sand with flat black paint. The original tutorial called for chalkboard paint and a fine grit sand. Since we didn't have chalkboard paint we used a flat black paint that we had on hand as well as a coarse sand.
See the portion cups in the picture above? I mixed two parts black flat paint (two portion cup full, which is probably 1/2 cup) and one part sand. Mix throughly.
Paint everything except the top. After this is dry we added highlights and a distressed look with a rust colored spray paint.
Even though our inspiration table had a wood slat table we decided to use some leftover floor coating. This is the same coating we used on Steph's garage floor. We were doing some repair on the floor and knew we'd have some leftover product. Not wanting to waste it as it can not be stored, we used it on the table top.
As you can see there are brush lines, but as it is self-leveling, most of the obvious lines leveled out leaving a beautiful, mirror-like finish.
The end result leaves a great reflective surface!
A close-up of the rusty/crusty finish.
The little table has now found a place at Steph's house. If you want to read the backstory of our project, head to our blog.
*concerning cost estimates. Please note, the estimated cost is for the price of the table, paints and sand. The floor coating we used was leftover from a repair project. That product cost $125 a box.
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