I have many unfinished projects just laying around my house. Either I’m waiting for extra to finish it or it just simply got forgot they are sprinkled throughout every level of my house.
Last night I was able to finish one that’s been around for a couple of months!
Brickmaker tables have been popular for the last couple of months. In the beginning versions of them were only available to the trade, but slowly things trickled down the masses and you can pick up your version at Restoration Hardware for almost $1,400.
Imagine my surprise when a couple of months ago I ran into this at a thrift store:
Now the tabletop left more to be desired, but look at that base! For $8.99 I promptly added it to my loot.
Brickmaker tables were originally a pallet used to cut, cool and transport bricks in Belgian brickworks.
Well I didn’t have wood from 100 years ago that use to cut, cool and transport bricks, but I did have a whole lots of pallets left-over from my planter box project.
Here is what we did:
1. Removed existing tabletop.
2. Use base frame as a stencil for a piece of plywood.
3. Cut plywood to size
4. Cut pieces of pallet wood and and glue onto plywood in a subway tile type pattern.
5. Let the glue dry overnight or in our case a couple of months.
6. Sand the entire piece with 60 grit sandpaper.
Now our pallets looked weathered already, but I wanted to antique it a bit more. We thought of liming or white-washing, but in the end we came up with our own solution.
We gathering the supplies for white washing:
- flat white paint
But then we added a little bit of this:
- Water based wood stain
7. To get our mixture we used:
- 1/4 pt aka half of the small can
- dollop of white paint (size of a quarter)
-1 cup of water
8. Then we (Ok, yes I know it’s Jon’s hand, but just humor when I say “we” did it) brushed on the mixture to our wood.
Here you can take a peek at the color difference:
9. We let dry overnight and then we were all done:
10. Now you just need to screw it back into place.
We finally moved it into it’s new home and we love the look.
Jon was my stylist for the shoot and he first gave me a bit of girly look with my design magazine and a weathered box to hide all of the remotes.
Then since this table will live in the man den he did a manly version of the table:
Thanks hubby! Great job!
I think it came out great and cost less than $10 dollars. We only had to pay for the table ($8.99) the rest was left-over’s from our shop.
Are you now tempted to weather some of the wood pieces in your home?