One day I was taking a walk at the farm and I spotted this rusty old table. Now I must have seen this old thing about a million times, but I had never really “seen” it. I had never seen its potential until now.
When I tried to lift it, the top metal part stayed in my hands while the rest of it fell away. I realized I had my work cut out for me. So I had to take a quick trip to the metal man to reattach the top.
I sanded it down to get rid of all that rust. I got most of it and then painted it my favorite black using spray paint. Two coats later and it looked like this.
The next step was to find a shelf for the bottom. I found some plywood and had it cut to size.
The plywood had some holes on the edges from previous uses, so I decided to go along with it and add some more holes along the edges.
To give it a little color, I wiped it down with oil and vinegar. I used 2 parts oil and one part vinegar. This cleans the wood and also adds much needed luster. What a difference!
If you have been following me at all you will know that I jokingly refer to myself as “the twine lady”. So to keep with the twine theme and to utilize those holes, I passed twine through them and attached the shelf to the bottom of the table. I was going for a rustic feel.
The last step was to add clear glass for the top shelf.
It is far from perfect, the bottom steel is not straight, and the rust would not come all out. But considering that I managed to rescue it from rust purgatory, I think a good deed has been done!
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And that is it for my rusty project. I hope you like it, I am especially proud of this one because it was sure to stay neglected at the farm if I had not spotted the beauty behind the rust.
I cannot express enough how happy I am to have started this blog and to share all of these wonderful ideas and projects with you all.
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