Can you stand just one post about a factory cart coffee table? Ok, good! Industrial furniture has been on the home decorating "scene" for some time now. I think we have Restoration Hardware to thank for introducing us to the ever coveted factory cart, as well as the sticker shock that accompanies the grand delusions of buying one from them! You can also find industrial pieces in Pottery Barn, Home Decorators, and Ballard Designs to name a few, but you'll still be shelling out a few bucks there as well.
Imagine (as I reminisce) the sheer joy and squeals of ridiculous delight as an overhead door to junk heaven opens and this baby is the first thing in sight. MY sight....junk sisters were behind me, so I called dibs on this one!
That was two years ago, and she has finally made her debut in my living room! What took me so long? JunkFest....that's what took me so long! Every junker knows you don't actually get to your own stuff until.....well...two years later. Or longer.
When I finally did start working on her, I was faced with the dilemma of what to do with the old planks on top. It was one of those love/hate things.....I LOVED the patina of that old, weathered wood. It definitely had a story to tell. But I HATED the thought of bringing it into my home. To use. Everyday. Because I knew I would have to seal all of that lovely worn wood in order to put our feet on it, or eat on it. Yes, it happens....sometimes at the same time. Don't judge. Anyway....as I said, I loved the patina of that old wood, and sealing it would ruin the character. Seems like a crime, doesn't it?
So I decided to remove all the old planks and try my hand at distressing new lumber, so that I would feel better about mine and my family's feet resting comfortably on that new wood. No slivers for my loves. And, I could use the weathered wood for something else...that we would not eat off.
Yes, the pictures are blurry. It happens when you're excited. Just wanted to show you how she looked with the posts attached. I felt really bad about removing those too, but I got over it quickly. They're not conducive to t.v. watching.
Here she is, resting comfortably in my living room...just waiting for the feet.
Ah...yes! There are the feet! And lanky legs of the resident tweener.
I wanted to add some height, so I found some square lumber (technical term) and adhered it under the newly stained and slightly distressed planks. If you've never distressed anything (intentionally) I highly recommend it. It's cheap therapy.
I'm in love with the wheels. Now that they're clean. And stained & poly'd.
The whole thing got a coat of walnut stain. Then I waxed the wood several times and called her good.