Have you heard about all the industrial vibe decor going on these days? A few months ago while I was shopping at our local flea market, I stumbled across four hand craved solid wood legs formerly attached to a table. Hummmm . . . . although they were heavily varnished and stained with cherry wood color, I concocted a design in my head, and purchased them for $20.00!
Now I just had to convey the idea I’ve concocted to my master carpenter & loving husband. Ya know, kinda get him excited about this idea, too, if that was at all possible? lol Unfortunately folks, I neglected to take any before photos. You have my promise on the next one, scout’s honor!
I asked Robert if he would take the reclaimed legs to his sandblaster. grumble grumble . . . . PLEEEEASE . . . . . more grumbles anything for you honey! Once they were sandblasted it really got the ball rolling. He could see the amazing potential in the distressed salvaged wood legs. YAY He built the table sides by attaching 1” x 4” pine lumber, and the console top with 1” x 18” pine lumber, that will be covered with our new zinc top. I will later stain the side panels to match the balusters natural antique finish.
Zinc top: Since this was our first time working with raw metal, I turned to the internet. I learned zinc is really just raw sheet metal that has oxidized. Okay this isn’t rocket science . . . . The net recommended 1/16th” gauge metal. Well um . . . lets just say this . . . We could have built an airplane with this metal, it’s as solid as a Boeing 747 :-). The raw sheet metal console top $75.00 big ones! The fabrication $75.00 bigger ones!
Next time we’ll choose a much lighter metal for a table surface. To seal the industrial antique zinc top, we used a wipe on ( love it) clear MATTE polyurethane. Robert attached the zinc top and finished off the corners with industrial concrete nails. I purchased four old caster wheels from EBay for a truly vintage look!
After we moved our new console inside, I decided to play with my new toy!!!! YAY
Since it’s October, I gathered a few things I had around the house, gourds, velvet pumpkins, curly raffia, vintage lantern, wire bird cage, and more flea market balusters that I will use on another project later. :-)
Our handcrafted console really complements the chunky carved rococo mirror in our dining room.
Wouldn’t this make a DYNAMITE center island in a kitchen!!!
I used this tall lantern filled with curly raffia and velvet pumpkins. It provides balance for the wire bird cages height.
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