I found this cute little cabinet a couple of months ago at the flea market. I instantly fell in love with the old worn paint, the hardware and the details. The only problem was the top. It definitely did not have its original top and what was on there was a sort of particle board that had been patched with a plaster of paris type material.
I purchased a roll of galvanized metal at the salvage yard a while back so I thought with all the industrial craze going on right now, why not put a metal topper over her make-shift top. We cut a piece with tin snips and tried to nail it on, but it needed to be glued down first. We used Amazing Goop to start with. My husband could not get the bend out where the metal was rolled so he stuck some epoxy in with a skewer stick and then clamped and used weights to get the kink to lay down. He still was not happy and wanted to start over. I explained it was not going to come off with all that adhesive that we used.
So we took some hammers and distressed it even more! I could have kept going with my hammer but my husband decided we had abused this little piece enough. I still thought the metal looked too new. I read a post that morning about rusting metal at Treasures From the Heart blog. Barbara Jean uses vinegar and salt. Great idea. So I gave it a try. Only problem was it did not rust my top. My husband said it's because galvanized metal will not rust. It did however take the sheen away and that was good enough for me. I do plan to use Barbara Jean's method on some other metals since I love rust so much anyway.
The top fits the funkiness of the rest of this piece and eventually it will end up at the shop. Even though I cleaned her up, I think I still need to use my magic sponge.
This is what the top looked like. Very weird material. Thanks for visiting.
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