Metal-Top Coffee Table with Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss

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I am so thrilled to show you my new made-over coffee table for my screened porch! And my sister will be thrilled because every time she's been to visit this summer, she's been telling me she needs something to put her feet up on. Well, here ya go, sister!
I've had this project in mind for a while, but, since my decorating style involves mainly redesigning my thrift store finds, I've had to be patient while I searched for the perfect table. And here it is:

What? You don't love the early-80's stain & the unidentifiable faux stone tile top? I did. Because I love a dramatic transformation.

So, the first part of my plan was to replace the tiles with metal inserts. We had a big piece of sheet metal in our basement leftover from when the house was built last year. My handsome assistant did this part while I stood by and told him what to doadmired his work. Whatever you do, if you decide to work with this sheet metal, wear work gloves, because this stuff is very sharp! Using tin snips, he cut a piece of the metal about an inch larger all around than the board he had cut for the insert. Then, using a hammer, he hammered the sheet metal, "wrapping" it around the board.

Next, I did the sanding to prep the table for paint. I used my palm sander for the flat areas, & I came up with this method for sanding the curved nooks & crannies: I wrapped a piece of sandpaper around a scrub brush & it worked great! I'll be doing that again.

Then, I reached for my handy Krylon in Ivory Satin. (This project took about 2 1/2 cans. )

And then, just a little gray glaze for some definition here and there.

And here it is, so very happy on my screened porch!

I just love the details!

Not bad for $7.50 plus paint. And I would've never had this kind of fun going to Ethan Allen!
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Katie P said...

This was SUCH A COOL transformation!! I just bought a craigslist desk yesterday - my very first shabby to chic makeover attempt, and I can't wait to get crackin'! I love seeing all these wonderful makeovers though, it gives me so much inspiration!!

Katie P
Food, Wine, & Mod Podge

Kelley said...

Very cool... the hardest part for me would be the wiating for the right piece to re-do. I am soooo impatient. Your wait paid off.

Great job!

Julie said...

Thanks so much for featuring my table! It was tons of fun!

jilly said...

Wonderful job on the table. I wouldn't have thought of the sheet metal, but I certainly will be looking at things differently now.

Love the screen porch.


Chrissie said...

I love this table, you have given me a great idea for a table I have. Thanks!

Home Hinges said...

I was wondering from the first picture how to get the sheet metal to lay so smoothly in the recesses left over from the faux tile. What a clever way to do it.
April @ homehinges.com