Not to brag, but I’ve been having a bit of an inspirational kick lately, and have come up with several great crafting ideas. Alright maybe I am bragging, but sometimes a girl just has to toot her own horn, OK?
Great Things to Come!
l was fortunate to be gifted with an amazing handmade grapevine wreath from my wonderful mother, and have an awesome idea for decorating it. I’m so excited because I think it will look so cute in my little house. I also have what I consider a flippin’ genius idea for some custom leather jewelry. They are going to be worth all the bragging I’m tellin’ ya. Those posts will be coming soon! However, there is one problem that has quickly come up, and it simply must be addressed. I have neither a dedicated place to craft, nor a table do so on!
My living room floor just wasn’t cutting it. That’s when I decided to start looking through the thrift stores. I wanted something medium sized, sturdy, and cute. It didn’t take me long to find what exactly I was looking for. Ok, so maybe that is an overstatement. It’s not exactly what I would call my usual style.
Diamond in the rough…..
Normally I would pick something along the lines of a farmhouse table, but this little fella caught my eye. It wasn’t cute. It
certainly wasn’t country, or ‘farmhouse’. But there was something about it that called to me. I even walked away from it and ended up coming back, and we all know that once that happens, you know you’re hooked. I was already thinking about how I was going to turn this piece into the crafting table of my dreams. Even better, the price was right. Who can pass up a $6.00 table??? Not this girl because lets face it, the less money I spend on this table the more money I have for crafting!
Here’s where the work begins
I started off by removing all the rusty hardware and soaking it in vinegar. It took a few days, so its probably not the fastest method out there, but in the end it removed the rust quite nicely!
Then the chrome legs needed attention. They were rusty as well, and slightly pitted. After a little research I decided to try taking some aluminum foil and water to see how that did. I was waiting to see how nicely they came out before deciding on whether or not to paint the legs or leave them as they were. The aluminum foil didn’t quite do the trick, so I got some 0000 steel wool. For those of you who don’t know (I didn’t), that particular type of steel wool is the least course that you can get, and actually will not harm your chrome. I was a little skeptical of this, but the information came from my father, a retired auto body repairman. Dad’s worked on more chrome than you can shake a stick at, so I took his word on it. Of course, he was right
The steel wool removed the rust from the table legs, but alas, there was nothing to be done about the pitting. I made the decision to paint them. Here comes another lesson learned. I was torn between Rustoleum and another brand recommended by another blogger. I’ll give good ol’ dad another plug because he was right again. Rustoleum was absolutely easier to apply and covered better. I painted both the legs and all the hardware, even though most people will never see the hardware. This will keep them from rusting again.
At first I really wanted to make a permanent improvement to the top of the table. I had seen someone else had adhered a oilcloth directly to the table top , and it really does look super cute the way she did it. The thing is, I’ve been super fickle lately, and with the versatility that I gained painting the legs white, I didn’t want to corner myself into one pattern or style.
So for now, I chose a table cloth that fits my current vibe. I didn’t exactly want to lose the vintage feel, but I had to do something to make it more…..well…..me! After reviewing my options, I decided to go with an oilcloth material. That would give me an easy to wipe surface, and would resist moisture if I got it wet. The pattern that I found has a vintage feel too it, and keeps with the neutral gray/white that I am so obsessed with right now.
I have had this table finished to my liking for about a month now. I spent $6.00 on the table itself, about $11.00 in paint. $2.00 for the vinegar, $2.00 for the steel wool, and $28.00 for the tablecloth. A grand total of just under $50.00. I guess you could say the tablecloth was a bit of a splurge since you can absolutely get cute ones at the dollar store. But it’s been holding up very well and I have high hopes that it will outlast both the dollar store table cloths, and my urge to have all things gray and white.