April 19, 2012

[Restoration Hardware Hack] Faux Zinc MDF Table Makeover

If this piece of furniture {Baker's Rack Open Shelving} and this piece {Zinc Open Nightstand} fell crazy in love and had a little furniture baby, then it could look something like my side table makeover! Can you see it?

But let's start at the beginning- this is the 3rd update for our "Spring into Action" challenge. Remember my before pic- this side table in need of TLC. I almost tossed'em or yard saled the pair- since they were only 60 bucks brand spankin new and aren't even made of real wood! BUT the size and shape could work, and I needed the little drawers for living room storage- so I stayed with it. 
  Last week I let your know I had painted the tables black- using a DIY chalk paint formula. I used chalk paint so I could skip the prime step and skip right to the paint. And for the record chalk paint does have great adhesion to MDF, I was very pleased with it. 
What I didn't show you- I took off the top of the table, to be replaced with some real wood!

To create a metallic look I started off using Jamie's {Freckled Laundry} tutorial-it's about the best tutorial I've ever seen. Jamie is so super duper talented.
 I happen to have the right paint on hand to follow through her directions. I probably shouldn't have taken a pic with the freezer paper- it's really just a trick I use to keep the paint from soaking into the paper plate. So you can disregard it when/if you buy supplies.
Following the tutorial, you use a rag to blend three shades of silver, creating a slightly varied finish in color. Buuuut, I followed all 14 steps and wasn't that happy with my version-{*super sad face.} Though this was at no fault of the tute. More like I'm still working on my glazing skills. So I backtracked to step 5.
 
You can see from the pic- it's silvery and shiny from the paint. But I wanted a more reflective surface.

Then I used my old friend, Rub n Buff, to apply another level of sheen. I also used this to create imperfections in the finish and create depth. Look at how the furniture reflects light. I took this pic n an overcast day with the curtains closed, and still you can see the shine!
Here's a few close up shots so you can see the finish. I applied the Rub n Buff with a toothbrush, like I explain here. I used it in spots, making it thicker and thinner in areas to help recreate the look of metal.
 
I used cheap-ish preassembled pine wood and had it cut it to size. I decided to cut them the same size as the base, trying to modernize the traditional tables a bit. The wood cost me 20 bucks and would have been cheaper if I had decided to make my own with planks- probably costing $12-13. This time easy won, though!

Then I used a homemade stain made from vinegar and steel wool to age and stain the wood. {I describe it in depth at the bottom of this post.} The wood is warm with gray tones in it. It is a little more yellow than I'd like- but that's due to the polyurethane, not the stain. 
I can't belive how many projects I've done in this room now! Things are finally starting to wind down in here a little bit. Looking around the room from left to right I made:
Last but not least- Z Gallerie Subway Art Knock Off  {on the left of the next pic}
 I think things are starting to come together. Although I removed the previous {fake} medium brown wood tone side tables- there's still lots of dark wood in the room. You'll find ebony wood on- the feet of the couch, picture frames, and for the entertainment center. You can see the corner of it poking out on the left side of the pic. 
And on the other side of the room, more dark wood found in the {yet-to-be-recovered}chair and mirror. It feels a lot calmer and cleaner to have just two-ish looks to the room. Of course the West Elm knock off tree stump table I made isn't an exact match for the new tabletops, since they're different woods- but since I used the same homemade stain, it is pretty similar.
That pretty much sums up the challenge- I can say I'm at peace with how the tables turned out. For about 25 bucks I don't have to stare at that red-toned "wood" ever again! Not bad for a 60 dollar Target table, huh?
I cannot wait to see how the other 11 participants fared in the challenge! Check'em out when you get a sec!


 



47 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful, you did an amazing job. They are decorated so nicely too with your fantastic accessories.
    And thanks for the tutorial as well, pinning so I don't forget!

    Sarah @ Alderberry Hill
    alderberryhill.blogspot.com

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  2. Only just FABULOUS! What a great look and I love it with your lamp, too. Awesome job,you are so brilliant!!

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  3. Becca,
    What a beautiful finish.I love the technique you used.Your room looks amazing.
    Anne

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  4. WOW is all I can say Becca! The transformation is incredible on those little side tables! Your persistence paid of in a big way and they look amazing in your room. I am in awe...
    Cathy

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  5. Wow! What a neat project. I love how you made paint and stain.

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  6. wow, becca! it looks awesome!!! great job! i love the finish. i have a restoration-ish project coming next week maybe? not as cool as yours though!

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  7. Oh my goodness, you know your house should be in a magazine, right?! I love this little table. The look is so unique & pretty! Great job, cute friend!

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  8. Great job on the table, Becca, and ALL the projects in that room! wow, you have totally done that room yourself, and that is so amazing. Im impressed! Your final table result looks so great! love the styling on it, too.
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  9. Becca,
    You did it once again! The table really fits into with the room now. and the clock... well I love it. We have one with a similar shape that my husband bought me years ago. Now I need to get off my tail and really get to work.... Once again thank you for being such an inspiration. (on a side note I LOVE your wire basket and the lamp!)

    Have a wonderful day!

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  10. Love this, Becca! I'm filing this one away in my little brain--I'm looking for a new side table for my living room.

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  11. Looks great and fits perfectly in your super cute room!

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  12. Love it! (ok, I know I write that on every project, but every time I am serious!)

    I sooo need to do this to some of my furniture!
    --Katie

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  13. Looks amazing! Love how you created that metal finish!

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  14. I LOVE the finish! They look straight out of RH. I also love the way you styled both tables Nice job Becca!!!

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  15. This is the most real metal finish I have seen. Great job. Having a real wood top cut was a smart move. I don't think I would have thought of that one. Your room is beautiful.

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  16. It looks like an expensive piece. I am impressed with your layering of finishes to arrive at the desired look; you certainly know your stuff. Great job! I love RH and you have done the original justice!

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  17. Becca,

    I have been waiting for this. Rub 'n Buff.....that is the special finish. I have used it before, but this table looks so amazing!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  18. They look amazing! I absolutely love the combination of zinc and the natural wood!

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  19. I now officially NEED rub and buff. These came out so great. What a fun little group project to be a part of. Way to go undaunted dozen. :)
    Karah

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  20. I need to get some rub and Buff too! They came out so nice and really go look like metal, I think you did a wonderful job on them!

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  21. Cut it out! I can't believe these are the same pieces of furniture. The transformation is simply outstanding. I'm so impressed (and looking around right now for something to rub n buff)...

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  22. This room is so pretty....it is magazine worthy! I love the color scheme and the textures. It is so inspiring to know you created such a chic and stylish room on a budget. Thanks for sharing.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  23. Love the transformation. I just discovered your blog because of this series. Your projects are amazing and I'll be back!

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  24. Hey Becca - great table makeover chickie!! Love it - the Rub and Buff makes the world of difference from your pics! I imagine you are really enjoying the new look! Thanks for sharing and have a great w/e! Heather :)

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  25. This is a fantastic project! I would love it if you would consider sharing it at my Pinworthy Projects Link Party over at Just Us Four!

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  26. The metal finish is awesome! I never thought industrial wood would look so beautiful and intriguing! Thank you for visiting my happy entryway :)

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  27. They look great! And you were worried a couple weeks ago that they wouldn't look good!

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  28. They turned out sooo good! I still wanna see them in person though ;)

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  29. Amazing! That rub n buff is no joke :) But really it's beautiful Becca!

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  30. That is one beautiful furniture baby! Love the finish!

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  31. Wow...that's an amazing transformation! It really looks like metal :) Laurel

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  32. Becca, your tables are so pretty now! I'm so glad you shared this at Sunday Blog Love. I noticed your puppy on the sofa..super cutie!

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  33. What a cool transformation! Love that industrial look...

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  34. Like how the table turned out. I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/05/show-your-stuff-23.html

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  35. You have kicked serious tail in this room!! It is looking fantastic! Love the table...it is beautiful!

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  36. This turned out awesome! I love the wood top with the metalish look! It's great!

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  37. Beautiful makeover Becca! Your room is looking fabulous!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  38. Very nice! I had never heard of the rub in buff before. That really adds the perfect touch.

    Saw you on Tip me Tuesday.

    Becoming a follower.

    If you get a chance sometime you'll have to stop by my blog.

    Melissa
    redflycreations.blogspot.com

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  39. Gorgeous! Thrilled to have found your blog! great work!
    -molly
    thepoorsophisticate.blogspot.com

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  40. Inspiring. Thanks for the great instruction.

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  41. Very cool!! It is hard to believe that that is not a metal table. Love the look! Thanks so much for joining the party again at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be featuring this tomorrow. Hope you are having a great weekend!
    Jenn :)

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  42. Becca, that is fabulous. Love the look you got and love the price! x

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  43. Oh Becca, these are awesome. I am running out to restock some of my supplies today and I am picking up some rub-n-buff. I love what you have been doing with it:)
    xxx
    Kim

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