Carol costage
Carol costage
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  • Hudson, FL

From Rusty to Artsy

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6 Hours

A neighbor was throwing out and old table and of course asked me if I wanted it.
from rusty to artsy
This was after I cleaned the rust off of it. I used a spray bleach and lots of elbow grease.
from rusty to artsy
I bought some craykon raffia striped paper string. I started gluing it on the table from the outer edge in. This was very time consum8ng but also very easy. I could watch tv and just keep going.
from rusty to artsy
This is how it looked partially finished. As I ran out of the string late last night I had to purchase some at Walmart. It was a little thinner but by this time I wanted to finish it.
from rusty to artsy
This is what it looked liked finished. I knew I needed a glass top for it. When checking around they were very expensive. I decided to go to my favorite used furniture store and found a table with a thick glass top (26 inch round glass). It was a great price and now the iron table bottom will be another project.
from rusty to artsy
Looks even better in person.
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  • David Howells
    on Sep 4, 2018

    Please how do you clean it after use

  • Laverne
    on Sep 4, 2018

    Scan this be done on a wood table??

    • Beth
      on Sep 4, 2018

      Just saw a similar thing done on tv using colored duct tape (could use washi tape, too, I guess) is various widths. Striped the whole thing, then trimmed the edges and covered with glass on a wood desk. Very pretty. If you use it outside, spray the wood that is exposed with polyurethane or some other waterproofing varnish.

  • Judye Fawver
    on Sep 5, 2018

    I really like what you have done. I'm wondering if you know how many yards of raffia you needed to get the job done for your 26" diameter table.

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