Ugly Metal Folding Table Gets Freshen up Then Redistressed With Trim.

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I needed a folding table for events and when guests visit. I found one for $8 at an estate sale. Perfect size and folds great...but it was ugly!
With a little paint and some distressed painted trim the table is ready to party.
Ugly metal folding table bought for $8 at an estate sale.
It gets freshened up with a new coat of chalk type paint. French vanilla on top and dark rustic brown on the legs. But it still needs something!
How about $30 worth of trim?? Yep, I've always wanted to use this thick chunky rope trim on a project and this is the one.
I had to cut around buttons that pop out to hold the legs in place and the folding table handle. But the ABC's helped. Read how on the website.
The trim was distressed with tea and ironed vinegar technique then a liming wax was rubbed on and buffed. The trim was then glue on with liquid nails.
Now the folding metal table is ready for a party! :)

Country Design Style-Jeanette
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  • Cyn28763462 Cyn28763462 on Mar 06, 2018

    Can this table be "refolded" after using?

  • JudyH JudyH on Jul 21, 2018

    What is the 'the tea and ironed vinegar' distressing technique?

  • Cj57 Cj57 on Sep 07, 2021

    I assume that is either wood or metal (the top the table itself according to the pics) if so, would this technique work on plastic tops (table)?


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  • Deb Deb on Sep 07, 2021

    I have a table just like this sitting in my garage. Definitely going to do something with it after seeing this, even though I really don’t need another project 😏

  • Boy, do I get that! We give ourselves too many projects. We recently moved and I'm overwhelmed with boxes. I'm learning to set most aside and do the most important first. That's the way I plan to do my DIY projects when the unpacking is done.