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Friday, June 15, 2012

Metal Table Topper

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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Cynthia said...

Neat table. I like it, it is different.


Bliss said...

That is a cute little oldie. Or an old little cutie?


NanaDiana said...

Maggie-What a neat piece...and I love the metal top. You can't even paint galvanized material because it will eventually just peel off. I wonder what the original owner used that piece for? It is just darling-xo Diana

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Maggie, I think it is perfect, OH I can see why you fell in love with it and the steel is a great addition.

How great that you got married on Thanksgiving weekend too, Yep, that makes it a good luck weekend!


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice piece. I like the decision to use galvanized metal on top.

Barbara Jean said...

Oh I love that little cabinet!!!

Have a super weekend.


Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm visiting from Furniture Friday. I love this funky little cabinet. The metal top was genius! Too cute.

{my simple messterpiece}

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm visiting from Furniture Friday. I love this funky little cabinet. The metal top was genius! Too cute.

{my simple messterpiece}

MuseBootsi said...

I love it! That metal top makes all the difference!


At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Oh man, I love the image of you whacking that metal! I'm with you on distressing the heck out of things.

Unknown said...

Maggie, What a cool piece! Your metal top is the icing on the cake!! Love how you distressed it too ~ thanx for the inspiration, I'm going to try this. Were you able to glue the edges down tight enough where they're not sharp? I don't know how straight I could cut it with tin snips; I've never used a sheet of galvanized metal before ~ hmmm, the brain is crankin' Thanx for sharing, Shelly Andrade