Earlier this week, I shared my “Clamping Adventure” where I used elastic bands to clamp the legs for a tri-legged pedestal table. As silly as it sounds, it worked!
I didn’t really have a plan for the tables until last week. While drooling over items on the Joss and Main website, I spotted this cute table and thought AHA!
My little pedestal tables would look amazing in ALUMINUM!
I also found this steel table at Overstock
If you follow me, you may recall last December, I experimented with brush on metallic paint on a mirror frame. I used a rust inhibitor paint in an aluminum shade and I still had 3/4 of a can left.
I have been waiting for a project to come along so I could try this paint again!
To prepare the tables, the tops needed to be smoothed out. The finish was bubbling and peeling so I used a stripper on the tops and then gave the tops a good sanding. For the base, I did some light sanding and applied a de-glosser.
This paint is very thin compared to latex and a little bit of this paint goes a long way! For the mirror, it went on so smooth, covered well and left no brush strokes but that piece was carved.
However, unlike the mirror frame, the surfaces of the table are smooth. I found the paint ran easily on the vertical surfaces so I applied a very light coat. Surprising it still covered well.
For the next coat, I developed a technique where I brushed the paint on with one sponge brush and then dry brushed over the paint with another sponge brush. This really helped to smooth the finish and pick up any extra paint before it dripped. I ended up doing 3 coats.
The final result was gorgeous! However, I did note the pieces needed a topcoat because the finish was easily scuffed.