Cof­fee ta­ble brought back to life with TLC

Hamilton Metro News - - Design, Build & Maintain/News - Ged Cann For more up­cy­cling ideas go to www.stu­den­tup­cy­clist.word­

There are some pu­ri­tan up­cy­clists out there who think you have to turn old bike chains into a chan­de­lier for it to be up­cy­cling.

For me up­cy­cling is just tak­ing some­thing down in the dumps and rais­ing it up into some­thing de­sir­able.

You don’t al­ways have to fun­da­men­tally change a thing. Some­times a ta­ble wants to be just that— a ta­ble.

I found this abused old masspro­duced cof­fee ta­ble at the dump shop for $15.

The sur­face was chip board with a thin lam­i­nate, far past sav­ing.

The legs were also fairly worn, but a lit­tle sand­ing re­vealed them to be solid and straight.

What more can an up­cy­cler hope for?

I used the best part of a bot­tle of spray paint on the legs. Three coats, al­ways keep­ing the noz­zle around 20cm away from the sur­face.

Now I had to find a new table­top.

The only spare wood lying around were dis­carded old fence pan­els. Never one to judge a book by its cover I gave them a hose down.

Low and be­hold, beau­ti­ful solid wood com­plete with weath­er­ing, tex­ture, knots and, of course the oc­ca­sional splin­ter were re­vealed.

They were in need of a good sand down. It was then that I no­ticed there were some re­ally nice red stains left over, no doubt from stain­ing when they still kept cat­tle in check.

I wanted to keep th­ese, and fear­ing cof­fee rings on bare wood I ap­plied three lay­ers of var­nish, us­ing a fine sand­pa­per be­tween each.

Var­nish has an amaz­ing abil­ity to make things look like they were done on pur­pose and re­ally en­riches any colours in the wood.

I think it achieved both of th­ese ob­jec­tives on this oc­ca­sion.

The ta­ble, spray paint, and var­nish all to­gether cost ap­prox­i­mately $30. Not bad for a new cof­fee ta­ble.

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