This is our family room table. It serves many needs: crafting area, shipping station, computer desktop, homework central, regular meals, and family gatherings.
The top had seen better days, as someone had permanently disfigured it with marker, paint, glitter, and stickers. And it wasn't me.
The children were in tears when Mr. VJIMT told them he was going to paint/distress the table. These are the same two who bawled relentlessly when we finally junked our big, ugly, ratty sofa bed from the living room.
The sofa bed they had named Sofalomew and mourn to this day.
My kids are weird.
Anyway, we discussed a variety of ways to go and then Mr. VJIMT had an epiphany. We have an antique general store counter in our kitchen that is topped with zinc, which we think is pretty fab.
So after some research, he ordered some sheets of zinc online and did this:
After adhering it to the top of the table, he distressed it and put a solution on it to make it look more worn. So easy, and way cheaper than the (gulp) $6000 he was quoted for someone to come out to do it. Seriously? I think he’s in the wrong business.
We think it looks pretty cool. And a direct quote from my handy man: “Over time, it will also get darker and develop more character. Just like me!”
Our kids? They HATE it!