I found this poor, dilapidated table at a flea market and picked it up for $10. It looks like it was an old schoolhouse desk – quite sturdy and solid wood. It needed me!
Here it is after two coats of Celery colored spray paint on the legs & back:
I was looking for a low-cost, “low-curse” solution to making the top both practical and beautiful. At first I thought I might get a large piece of sheet metal and fold it over the corners. My father had done a similar project and he said that the edges of the metal were so sharp that it was a challenge to work with. He suggested getting a piece of plexiglass cut to fit the table. I’m a “Results Now” kind of girl, though, and so I went to check out those cool new patterned duct tapes they’re selling at the craft stores.
Then, I saw it! Right below the duct tape was this ultra shiny, aluminum tape that used for air conditioning ducts:
Working with it wasn’t too difficult. It’s literally “sticky aluminum foil,” so it behaves just like foil does – if it gets wrinkly and you can smooth it down. It has a very strong adhesive, though, and was easy to wrap around the edges of the table.
I overlapped each strip about a quarter of an inch and pressed the edges well to smooth out as many wrinkles as I could. The entire table only used up half of the tape, so now I have some extra to make my son a robot costume!
Isn’t it shiny? Quite an amazing transformation for a couple of bucks! I think I’d like to put a white piece of lattice behind it to have a place to hang some baskets and tools.
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
Metal Top Potting Bench (Old Table $10, Krylon Spray Paint $3.24, Aluminum Tape $3.50)
Total Fake-It Cost: $16.74