Mar 162014

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! IMG_1593   IMG_1604

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!


Jessa Side Table Regular Price $152

My little pedestal tables would look amazing in ALUMINUM!

I also found this steel table at Overstock

Bailey from Overstock 72

Bailey Table

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.

Rust Paint in Aluminum

Rust Paint in Aluminum

One coat was all that was needed!

One coat was all that was needed!

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.

After First Coat
IMG_1621    IMG_1622

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. 


This was taken before the topcoat and shows the light scuffs.

The final results are AMAZING!!!



Soft and subtle finish


The wood grain is still slightly visible.



The pedestal detail pops






Have you used metallic paint on wood?  Was it successful? 

I’d love to hear about your experience or your feedback on my little project.

To recap,  I had the glue, paint and topcoat products and the tables were $20 each! 

Lovely and unique tables for $40!

And So Much Nicer Than New


  24 Responses to “Faux Aluminum Tables”

  1. Gorgeous – and how lucky that you have a set of them – so hard to find matching ones!
    Beautiful job –
    Came by via Between naps on the porch – have a wonderful week!

  2. Looks great. One of these days I’ll have something to paint silver. I love the look. Pinned.

  3. These are beautiful! What a wonderful transformation! Love the choice of metallic paint.

    We would love for you to come link up Mondays 8:00am EST at Your Designs This Time.

  4. Love how your tables came out, what a clever idea, they are really beautiful………..
    am sure you are gonna enjoy those lil gems, hmmm $40.00 for two VS $110-150 for one.
    What a great deal…………..Now that is smart shopping.

    Blessings, Nellie

  5. Wow, what an amazing transformation. You know, silver leafing furniture is getting really popular, too, and this looks like it was done that way, that would be pretty pricey though I bet. Great job! Thanks for sharing this at my History & Home link party, take care. -Dawn @ We Call It

  6. I love them, I gotta look on CL for some for my living room now!

  7. Joan, Your side pedestal table looks great. I have been looking for one for my bedroom and these are so expensive. You are lucky you found these. I am going to stalk craigslist and thrift store.

  8. These are *exactly* the types of tables I’ve been looking for!! Where did you find them??

  9. So cool…looks to awesome!! Please come join us for Centerpiece Wednesday Linky party and share your post with us. Centerpiece Wednesday is live tonight

  10. Turned out GREAT! I’ve never used this but recently my daughter purchased a lamp that had this treatment on it and the shade was a silver and white chevron pattern…it was so pretty and a super price! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday…

  11. What a great idea. They really turned out good. I have a to try my hand a painting some old tables I have sitting in the basement ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. yes I have a quart jar of silver metallic paint and I love it I painted a library table and a chest of drawers. I get compliments on both
    Your tables turned out wonderful

  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I am SO going to pin these to my silver furniture pin board. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well done!

  14. I’m not so much a fan of the resurgence of the brass- and gold-toned *anything* we are seeing these days in decor, I’m very much a silver lovin’ girl, so these tables are right up my alley. They turned out GORGEOUS! I love this shape of wood table, they are just such nice little pieces to have around, and fit so nicely next to a chair to hold a good book and a cup of tea. The finish on these is just so beautiful, very shimmery and almost pearl-like in gloss. Nicely done!

  15. I just love what you wound up doing with these little guys! They turned out great!

  16. So pretty!!! I am featuring at my link party today at 1:00 Thank you so much for sharing at Redouxinteriors.

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  19. Love these!! I featured you on this week’s That’s Fresh Friday. Thanks for linking up last week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Very pretty, did you know that the aluminum paint also comes in a spray paint? I did an entire dresser and then put black glaze over it. I get scads of compliments on it.

  21. Did you know there is a stainless steel paint that you can use in the same way. I love this stuff! I used it for a *tin tile* look over the tine tile wallpaper. Got all kinds of complements! I also did a little wooden tool box for utensils for the kitchen.

  22. I have a matching set of the same tables! I got the set for just $12 at a thrift shop. I’m going to try this “metallic” technique and have mirrors cut to fit the tray tops! AWESOME!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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