This past weekend was Father’s Day weekend, so my stepdaughter Maddy and I decided to make my husband a nice breakfast: pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice. The works! Problem was no milk. Because we live so close to a Sentry (about 2 blocks), but because I was too lazy to walk, I rode my bike there. On the way down our alley, I spotted a small side table by a neighbor’s dumpster. I forgot to take a before picture, so imagine a metal table with rusty scroll-shaped legs and with a top of rotting wood and kitchen floor linoleum. Sounds nice, no? No. Exactly. Sounds horrible. But…because I like to try to imagine the potential in a piece of furniture, I snagged it.
This was probably one of my quickest projects ever!
A couple coats of gold indoor/outdoor spray paint, and the rusty little table was transformed into a beautiful swan!
What to do about the top, though? I removed the rotting wood and linoleum. My husband, who is awesome!, just happened to have 1/2″ thick balsa wood in the exact size I needed! Base of table top done. But, what could I do for the top? Our home’s previous owners retiled the guest bathroom and left a ton of extra terra cotta tiles in the attic. Score!
I found four similarly-sized tiles, painted them white, and voila! They fit almost perfectly!
There was a tiny crack between each tile, and I had originally thought to squeeze some caulk in there. But, it seemed like too much work to find the caulk and caulk gun. (Remember I was feeling lazy that morning!) I know: twine to the rescue!
I braided the twine so that it had the right thickness to fill the cracks and used a glue gun to secure the braids.
My almost-completely-free table looks pretty good!