but, I just couldn't bring myself to spend the kind of money on it they were asking. (Nor would Dan allow me to spend the kind of money on it they were asking). But that's ok, right? The carpenter has skills. He makes all kinds of things. He can make this simple coffee table, right?
In case you can't tell, the base of the table is made of metal and the top of old, weathered, wood. Dan has experience welding and could have welded the base of the table, but the problem was that he didn't own a welder. It's not easy to weld a table without a welder. So, he contacted a welder here in town to see if he could weld the base for this table. Dan took the plans to this guy and showed him what we wanted. Then he asked what it might cost to weld the base for this table. It was a bit more than we were willing to spend. Dan told the welder that he needed to discuss it with his wife first.
At that point, Dan and I both agreed that that was a little more than we were willing to spend on a coffee table. Bummer. Well, next option, there was also another coffee table I kinda liked at World Market. And they were having a sale. And I had a coupon. So we made a trip to Sioux Falls to World Market and came home with a good deal on a new coffee table. We brought it home, got it in the family room and it looked great. And what made it even better was that we got a great deal on it. Another project complete...or so we thought...
About a week after we came home with our sweet deal from World Market, Dan got a phone call. It was the welder. He was calling to tell us our table was done. You know, the table that we agreed was too expensive and we decided we didn't want made. Yep. That table was done and we owed him for his work. (At his point, I'm not quite sure where the lines of communication failed but Dan felt it may have possibly been his fault that he wasn't more clear with the welder) so at that point we owed the welder some dollars and we owned one and a half coffee tables.
We got the metal base home and put it in the family room to check it out. My first thought was that it looked pretty big. Well, it looked pretty big because it was 10 inches wider than we had planned and on top of that, though Dan said he told the welder not to sand the corners of the table where the pieces were welded together, he did anyway, leaving bright, shiny marks on each corner of a dark, metal table. At that point, we just weren't quite sure what to do so we took it downstairs to the basement so we wouldn't be reminded of the big bucks we spent on a too big, shiny-spotted piece of metal.
So we ignored it for awhile and then I got to thinking that I'd rather have the initial coffee table that I wanted all along and since we had to pay for it anyway, why not try to work with it. Dan then watched some u-tube videos on how to faux finish to look like metal. Which is too bad we had to faux finish metal to look like metal but we had to get rid of those bright, shiny spots on every corner of the table.
|The mixture of paint (left over from art class in college) Dan used to create a metal look.|
|Dan working his faux finishing magic|
Dan cut it down and ran it through the planer. It was time to figure out how to finish it. Dan used a variety of different stains and mixtures for us to choose from:
We decided just to use a matte varnish on the wood and call it good. And our finished product:
And in case you were wondering what happened to the coffee table from World Market - I put it up for sale on Sioux Center Swap and it was sold within a day.