Last weekend was wet and gloomy. We’ve had fantastic weather all summer with very few rainy days so the gloomy weather was welcomed by me. I found myself lounging on the couch and indulging in a Three’s Company marathon on TV Land. If you know me, you know I never lay around and watch TV. I can’t sit still long enough so this felt like such an indulgence. Listening to the rain and giggling over the antics of the three “kids upstairs”.
I completely forgot about Mrs. Roper’s style. It is pretty fantastic! She really pulled off kaftans and muumuus as much as one can. I found myself wanting to wear a ridiculous amount of bright bangles and baubles.
(BTW if you Google ‘Mrs. Roper’ you’ll see so many guys dressed as her presumably for Halloween. Go ahead, try it! It’s a great costume idea.)
We also finished up the industrial pallet coffee table. I really love this quirky upcycle. I know this look isn’t for everyone but it can certainly work in the right home.
Industrial Rustic is how I’d classify this table. Or Rustic Industrial. To-may-toes, to-mah-toes. I find my own style has been swaying more and more towards rustic & industrial lately based on the finishes and images I’ve been most interested in.
This industrial pallet came out of an old sewing factory. Last you saw it, it looked like this.
We gave it a thorough cleaning and sanded the top. I had planned to stain the top but once it was sanded all of the beautiful age and wear became apparent.
I knew this was the perfect job for hemp oil. Oiling the piece made all of those scratches pop in the best way possible while darkening the raw wood just a bit. It took three coats of oil until it reached saturation.
I didn’t stop oiling at the porous wood surface though. I decided to oil the metal base as well and it really highlighted the faded blue paint. Who knew that great color was under there? The metal only needed one coat and took longer to dry.
In order to elevate the pallet to standard coffee table height (16-19″), Ryan created custom legs. After much thought and consideration for aesthetics, he came up with legs consisting of a steel rod, caster, pipe and locking bolt. He carefully drilled through the metal base of the pallet to attach the industrial leg. I love casters on coffee tables. I suppose it is the industrial influence again.
So there you have it. From the sewing factory to our living room! Trash to treasure. This one-of-a-kind has sold! And I am off to find a Mrs. Roper inspired kaftan…