Last week I posted my suit case wine bar. So far one of my favorite projects. A little bit funky I know, but fun. I made this for our apartment which is short on space and every square foot has to have a purpose. My husband made the mistake of asking “What, no bar table ?” Of course this got me thinking. Out to the garage to see what I could re-purpose. Sure enough I had everything I needed.
1 wooden crate with drawers recently purchased at tag sale for $5.00
1 30 inch round table top , not sure where this came from or why I had it. Not throwing anything out, sometimes pays off .
A table pedestal with four screws protruding from the top. Bought at a parish tag sale for $2.00. I had no idea why I bought this . I figured I would use it at some point for a future project. I just didn’t realize it would be two weeks later.
This was really a simple project. I knew I wanted the table to look rustic or weathered. It also had to go with the suitcase bar which was both dark and light wood.
While watching the Cavs game I started on the table top. Using masking tape, I tore off two to three inch strips and covered the entire surface. I made sure the edges were jagged and the pieces were overlapped. I did not want a uniform look.
Once the top was covered, I used brown shoe polish in a squeeze bottle and blotted it on the tape. I put three coats on blotting lightly with a paper towel in between. It all depends how dark you want your table. The tape will wrinkle if you get it to wet so I suggest you go slowly, building up the color. As the tape dries it does tighten up and some of the wrinkles will disappear. I set the table out in the sun and it was dry in a few hours.
Most leather tables I’ve seen have a gold inlay around the top. Just because my table is a Faux leather table made of masking tape no one said I can’t have a GOLD inlay. OK it’s not gold but it looks like it. Using gold nail polish I simply added a small strip around the edge of the table. I didn’t make it perfect. I wanted it somewhat jagged. It looks great and completes the table. I also added the names of our family members to the top of the table.
Most of my projects, if not all, are done very cost conscience. This one was no exception. I think total cost for both suitcase bar and table was under $ 40.00. I have two one of a kind pieces that are functional and will definitely start conversation. Isn’t that what you want for a Pub.
You know the money I saved, WELL…. I spent it. I couldn’t resist. In order to complete this project I felt the perfect touch would be a glass top for the table. After pricing glass and talking to the glass expert, he suggested plexiglass. He did not recommend a glass top for a bar table, fearing it would shatter. I went with the plexiglass and it is now being cut to order. I will post a picture of the two when they are in place over the fourth of July weekend. Fingers crossed that they fit into the apartment. I am usually pretty good at judging space and size but this is going to be tight.
Re-cycle Re-purpose, Reuse and Reap the benefits ….. Nancy