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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Metal-Top Coffee Table: Oh How I Love You!



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. This is the type of sheet metal used for HVAC systems & probably many other things.

But, we used it to wrap a couple thin pieces of board to make inserts for the top. My handsome assistant did this part while I stood by and told him what to do admired 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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59 comments:

  1. That is so cool! Very pretty too!

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  2. It looks gorgeous. I'm getting ready to start on my 1st furniture painting project, and I'm so nervous.

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  3. that looks awesome! i love the metal with it- it adds that kind of urban element to it and makes it way cooler than it ever could have dreamed it would be!

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  4. I love a great makeover story and this one is very good. The table looks fab!

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  5. I looove the metal too! What a fabulous idea!

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  6. Looks great Julie!

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  7. Turned out awesome! Love this idea!

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  8. Really love the transformation. I just became a follower!-Marjorie

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  9. What a transformation! I love the finished product.

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  10. You're so cool! I covet it and the screened porch.
    lots of love,
    edie

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  11. Love it, but it's too pretty for your sister to put her feet on, so she'll be out of luck again! lol :) I'm glad I saw this post. I have a fabulous metal coffee table base that USED to have a glass top until two of my kids decided to SIT on the edge it while playing mario. Anyway, this is a great solution for a top. We use it in our garage/media room, so the metal will be great for spills etc out there too!
    thanks so much
    have a great week!
    Missy

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  12. Oh MY Gosh! That looks fantastic! You could stencil or use vinyl letters on the metal too! {not that it needs it, but if you wanted to change it up later on down the line} Sisters, they just think they can tells us what to do all the time don't they? She had a great idea here though. It looks awesome in the space. That room is coming together so nicely. I love the way you are patient and wait for the right find. That is a virtue I some times lack.

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  13. What an awesome transformation! Love the metal inserts!

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  14. LOVE IT! You did a great job. It made me think of using those little magnetic letters (or words) to spell out sweet little "notes" for family. Isn't it amazing what a bit of paint and ingenuity leads to? Wonderful inspiration! Diana

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  15. It looks fabulous. What a great idea. Love it. Hugs, Marty

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  16. I admit, I was skeptical at the top of this post. But I love the end result! You have great vision.

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  17. Love the idea- it gives me hope for pieces with glass in them, which I always pass up because I have active boys growing up in my house! But I feel like your idea would work well glass too. Thanks!

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  18. Very nice. Did you put a clear coat on the metal to minimize scratches, or are you just going to let it "age"?

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  19. Oh, I'm in love with this! What a great idea!

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  20. Are you kidding! That is incredible. I can't believe the transformation. I would have never thought of putting sheet metal, and it looks so good. Great idea.
    Brooke

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  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    I absolutely love your table redo and your porch. So cozy!

    Where oh where did you get that striped mat? I'm in love!

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  22. Looks great and thanks for the tip on using a brush wrapped with sandpaper for those pesky little areas. Love the rug too by the way.

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  23. Girl, that is GORGEOUS!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! You make me wanna redo all the furniture sitting around me! Thanks for the tips!!!

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  24. You did a fantastic job! Love it and your other furniture. The green and black fabrics look great together.

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  25. Cool! Love the finish and the metal is genius!

    I'd love for you to check out my blog for a fun giveaway!
    http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2010/08/another-csn-store-giveaway.html
    Have a great night!

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  26. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I will be linked to this post tomorrow from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

    Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page. While it's not live yet (scheduled for tomorrow) and can be found directly here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/metal-top-coffee-table/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
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  27. Oh my heck, this is totally awesome! I have a table very similar and you have inspired me.

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  28. THis looks fabulous!! Great job!
    lifeofperks.blogspot.com

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  29. What an awesome porch - the table is just one of the fabulous things I spy!

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  30. that table looks amazing. Wow.

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  31. Julie this is amazing! I love the new look of your coffee table -- and GREAT idea with the metal! It turned out fantastic. :)

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  32. So cool! I just love the metal inset. It looks great on your porch.

    I’m hosting a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday”. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. If you have a project you’d like to share, I’d love for you to stop by and join in Thursday!

    Kat

    www.BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com

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  33. Love, love, love it!! What a great idea! Thanks so much for linking it up!

    xoxo
    Jen

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  34. WOW! I am incredibly impressed. This is beyond prefect for an outdoor area. Love that metal!!

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  35. LOVE the metal contrasted with the creamy white paint... so pretty! I'm featuring your table in the PoPP Spotlight on Saturday... thanks for linkin' up!

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  36. Hopped over from POPP
    this table is gorgeous! I love the addtion of the sheet metal!
    gail

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  37. It looks great! Love your rug to. Where did you get it?

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  38. Looks fabulous! Thanks for the sandpaper on a scrub brush tip. So gonna use it! Found you at the Shabby Nest.

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  39. wow - just adorable! you and dave are just too stinkin' good together. :)

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  40. All I have to say is Wow! Your table is amazing and it looks great on your porch.

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  41. This is phenomenal...how sad am I that I past up TWO tables at ReStore that were missing glass for only $2 each! I am curious... did you attach the metal in any way, or are they just sitting on top?

    My first time stopping by...I will be back!

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  42. Thanks everyone for all the nice comments. Terri- we just made the inserts to fit snugly without them shifting around or having to be attached. Hope you can find another table!

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  43. Wonderful! Love the sheet metal idea especially for outside and the paint job looks incredible. Good job :)
    Jeanette

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  44. Beautiful! I love a gray glaze over white...yummy! And is that a drop cloth for your rug? Oooooh....off to snoop around! I hope it's in a post somewhere.

    Jami

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  45. I love it! How do you make a gray glaze?

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  46. Hi Julie -
    Love how your table turned out - what a great idea to add the metal!

    Thanks for stopping by - I'm looking forward to following your blog now too!
    Alissa

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  47. I love it!! I'm so jealous of your screened porch. I want one in the worst way...

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  48. Julie-
    I am featuring this tutorial on Crazy Domestic Friday the 10th! Thanks for linking up, I love this idea!

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  49. I just saw this on Crazy Domestic and I loved it. From the first picture I was wondering how to get the sheet metal to lay so smoothly in the recesses left over from the faux tile. Bending it around another board was a great idea. What a clever way to do it. I'm going to have to try this myself sometime. Definitely returning to your site for all the other great things I see.
    April @ homehinges.com

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  50. You've got some gorgeous stuff here Julie. I love what you've done with the coffee/metal table.
    Megs :)

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  51. GOR-GE-OUS. Who would have thought to use sheet metal for something like this! Amazing! Great job yet again. :O)

    ~ www.billiemonster.com ~

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  52. I love it. Very clever idea. I bet it would work with some rusty metal too!

    Benita

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  53. Wonderful, saw you at funky junk... the relective quality is a nice plus, looks wonderful.

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  54. Excellent and beautiful/cool coffee table now

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