Tin, Aluminum, or Zinc. For the past few months, I’ve had visions of a tabletop wrapped in metal, secured with decorative nail heads, and set on antique wooden legs. Today I finally finished the table in my vision.
This table is actually a basic Ikea tabletop painted to resemble a metal-wrapped table. Here’s the before…
The legs and bottom shelf were both damaged so they were removed. The legs were replaced with a set of antique legs purchased from CraigsList and then cut down to size.
The legs were painted with Annie Sloan’s Graphite Chalk Paint and then topped with AS’s Pure White Chalk Paint. Once lightly distressed, the gray shows through and is highlighted by the faux silver metal.
To replicate the metal, the top was painted with two different silver metal spray paints – one bright metallic and the other was a more dull brushed nickel color. Using two different colors results in the natural color variations you’d find in sheet metal.
After several coats and once the right color was achieved, the nail heads were added. Decorative nail head trim can be purchased at most fabric stores or online. You can either purchase the individual nails where each nail has to be hammered in or you can purchase these strips where only about every sixth one is a nail that has to be hammered. For this project, I chose the latter.
To apply, simply unroll the nail head trim and and secure with the nails. Be sure to pull the strips tight so they lay flat against the wood.
Using a hammer, tap in the loose railheads into the open holes.
When you get to the corners, simply bend the strip around the corner and continue.
The antique distressed legs contrast perfectly with the industrial metal tabletop. The nail heads bridge the two styles.
This faux tin-wrapped coffee able is for sale in my Shop.
Thank you & Enjoy!
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