WHAT TO DO WITH...
Snip, crimp, and shape decorative metal panels into industrial-chic accessories.
Pick up a piece of sheet metal from the home center and try your hand at one of these six projects.
KEY DETAILS Add visual interest and functionality to the side of your nightstand with patinaed sheet metal, above. First measure and cut sheet metal to fit. Sand the piece and brush on a coat of white vinegar; let sit for two hours. Mix 16 ounces hydrogen peroxide, 2 ounces white vinegar, and ½ tablespoon salt, and brush the liquid onto the dry metal (A). Wait for a reaction. When you like the look, rinse the metal with water. Let dry. Finish with a coat of spray sealer. Screw the rusted metal piece to the side of the nightstand (use short screws so they don’t interfere inside with operation of drawers or doors). Use magnetic hooks to store jewelry or keys, or pretty magnets to display photos. Tip: Wear safety goggles and chemical-resistant gloves when distressing metal.
MAGNETIC HOOKS PROVIDE BONUS STORAGE WHEN POSITIONED ON A NIGHTSTAND CLADIN SHEET METAL.