Asked on Aug 11, 2014

How to make this more my style

by Symea
My husband, bless his heart, brought home this partial "counter' from his work, they were throwing out. We have a "country/ rustic/ English gardenish" backyard and that's my style, distressed wicker and roses. How do I make this fit in? What would you do to make it fit? As it stands, the counter is thigh high, I guess I could add legs or use for plants? Gotta make it fit my decor (because he was so excited to give it to me) any suggestions are appreciated. I do like eclectic too (but this is too much!)
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I need to make this more rustic/country.
  19 answers
  • John Howard John Howard on Aug 11, 2014
    Paint the base a terra cotta or mix terra cotta paint into joint compound and sand the base, then apply the compound. Once dry, chip away some areas and drag a nail through the compound to create "cracks" for an aged look. As the top... use some thin stones and glue onto the back splash. OR use pallet wood and cover back splash and counter top to create a rustic planting center. Place a steel wash tub on top, cut a hole in the side, use a pvc connector with rubber washers (or a bulk head) and use it as a wash basin for the planting center. (Just an idea)

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    • John Howard John Howard on Aug 12, 2014
      @Symea I wouldn't use wood glue. Use something more permanent as Liquid Nails or Loctite. For rustic, rub a wax candle over the wood, and spray paint some sort of a stencil logo (Coke, Delmonte Peaches, etc) and let dry. Then let sit in sun on hot day and wash off with hose using a high pressure nozzle. The paint won't stick to the wax and the sun will soften the wax enough for it to come off. Then you have an aged "sign" on pallet wood. Just glue into place.

  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on Aug 11, 2014
    I'd definitely add big chunky legs to it, but for the bottom, I think i'd cover the whole thing in stones. It would look very "English garden" then. What a great find. You've got a good hubby! :)

    • Symea Symea on Aug 12, 2014
      @Amy Ogden-Paparone yes I was thinking mosaic, but stones might work too. yes, hubby is a keeper =)

  • Chris aka monkey Chris aka monkey on Aug 11, 2014
    @Symea do what @John Howard says his idea is spot on to mine xx

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Aug 13, 2014
    Do you entertain a lot? With the stainless counter and the railing , it looks like a refreshment bar. If you could hook up for plumbing a bar sink would be terrific. I'd add legs as suggested by AJOgden. You could hang a couple of bar towels from the railing. The wood could be stencilled with a motif that fits your outside décor. Or you could use moulding to make panels, and glue pics inside and then spray with exterior poly for protection. Could use a metal paint to do a motif along the top of the stainless. It could also be used as a potting table but is a little too nice for "rough" work.

    • Symea Symea on Aug 13, 2014
      @Marion Nesbitt wow everyone is so creative I love it!. wish y'all could just come over and go crazy. thanks,I didn't even think about stencils. We do have 2 Huge parties a year ( like 100 ppl) live music, the works. what to do what to do......

  • Mickey Pesola Mickey Pesola on Aug 13, 2014
    Aslo add on some wheels/casters so you could move it around.

  • Barnlady Barnlady on Aug 13, 2014
    Tell hubby you appreciate the thought and then have a garage/yard sale quick...LOL

    • Symea Symea on Aug 13, 2014
      @Barnlady haha, yeah but if you saw his face......and I was hoping I hid my look of "what the hell?" but I can't toss something I think I can work with and get use out of =)

  • Barb Rosen Barb Rosen on Aug 13, 2014
    It looks like it was attached to a wall. If so, why not attach it to the corner side of a shed or garage and use it for an outside serving area/bar or potting bench?

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    • Betty Betty on Aug 13, 2014
      Great idea.

  • Ang Ang on Aug 13, 2014
    they have some thin sheets of copper with a pattern on it that you glue at home depot .that would be pretty and its easy to put up .

  • Dorothy Key Brighwell Dorothy Key Brighwell on Aug 13, 2014
    would be a great starter piece for an outdoor kitchen.

    • Symea Symea on Aug 13, 2014
      @Dorothy Key Brighwell now your reading my mind!! hubby didn't know what he was getting into bringing this home =)

  • Symea Symea on Aug 13, 2014
    I think I've seen those, some ppl use for a back splash? I ADORE copper! can't wait to show everyone the finished product, if it would stop raining maybe I can get to work.

  • Wendy Johnson Wendy Johnson on Aug 13, 2014
    All the ideas are great. I just want to see the after...

  • Comet Comet on Aug 13, 2014
    The embossed metal sheets are much cheaper at Michaels and AC Moore---we used them for the front of our tow behind the motorcycle trailer and if they can take use at road speeds should do well in your yard! I can't remember how much they were but they had several sizes and I had priced out the ones at Lowes etc and I was hugely surprised at the difference in cost. These are also more flexible to follow curves etc and lighter to work with. We used the metal shears with our air compressor but you could easily use tin snips for the whole project.

    • Symea Symea on Aug 13, 2014
      @Comet Aha! there is a Michaels right next to my work, I will check it out, thank you! every penny counts these days!

  • Deborah Donovan-Navarro Deborah Donovan-Navarro on Aug 13, 2014
    I am having trouble seeing a counter at all. To me this looks like a range hood. Is it a trick of the eye? What is it I'm missing here? There is always mosaic! More work than most of these ideas, but it could be magnificent.

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    • Deborah Donovan-Navarro Deborah Donovan-Navarro on Aug 17, 2014
      The more I think about it, the more clearly I can see verdigris as the solution. @Symea, check out the link @5 results are available, use up and down arrow keys to navigate.Sparkles provided and be sure to scroll down to see the stunning finished pot.

  • Brenda Webster Brenda Webster on Aug 13, 2014
    Great piece! I would find some rattan or bamboo mats or fabric, or burlap and cover the base and the backsplash and even the counter, if you don't like the stainless steel color.. You can waterproof it and place it in the garden with some container flowers and plants and some garden art. You can even hang some old garden tools from the railing.

  • Kelly S Kelly S on Aug 13, 2014
    It would make an awesome potting bench. The rail could be used to hang your gardening tools from. Rusticize the paint on the lower section. The stainless steel shouldn't rust that easily so it's perfect for staying outdoors. It would also work great next to a grill as a prep station/ buffet area. Good luck and post pictures of it when it's done.

    • Symea Symea on Aug 14, 2014
      @Kelly S here's a new find! I inspected very closely and it seems the "stainless steel" is not that, it is something I can peel off, it's so weird, it feels like metal but its a stainless veneer of some sort. But not easy to peel, that might be too much work. thick.....

  • Diane Arnold Diane Arnold on Aug 13, 2014
    I can't tell from the photo if the counter is actually flat or not. It looks angled downward,but might be the way it is sitting. You could cover the bottom with boards, painted white like a picket fence. It would go with your style. If it is possible to remove the top part you could actually use it better. Serving from the back like a mini bar or serving area.

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    • Kelly S Kelly S on Aug 14, 2014
      @Symea , I'm, collecting bits and pieces of broken pottery and lamps from other projects for a mosaic top of some sort. Then I have to find the some sort. It is a bug but not a bad one.

  • Dana O'Neill Studer Dana O'Neill Studer on Aug 15, 2014
    I hope you post what you did with it and we get an email with it featured that says You wont believe what she did with this countertop.

    • Symea Symea on Aug 15, 2014
      @Dana O'Neill Studer I am starting on it Saturday. finally good weather, can't wait! thank you everyone- *overwhelmed*

  • Symea Symea on Sep 12, 2014
    after 3 weeks of rain and a small tornado-ish thing, I can get back to this. did a palette board bottom and starting a mosaic counter top. (* there will be verdigris somewhere!*) stay tuned

  • Symea Symea on Sep 24, 2014
    ok,Ill give a peek to keep you interested, I am painting the counter "back" verdigris, added depth with cement and plaster and whatever i could find. *hint* there will be some scroll work somewhere too. starting the mosaic this weekend.