Years ago, I bought a pine table on a whim that was sold to me as an "antique", but my suspicisions have lead me to believe it was a newly crafted table made (not all that well) from old wood. When I think of what it cost me more than ten years ago, I cringe. It was less than $500, however, it seems to me that it could only fetch about the same price today. Not much of an investment, for sure. It's too small for a dining table and too large for a desk. But, the table had an appealing "look"--soft old mellow pine complete with cracks and beetle holes.
The top, split from years of alternating dry and humid conditions, frankly looks terrible and it's too embarrassing to post a photo of it here. I should throw it out, but can't bear to do so since I paid more for it than it's worth and it's a useful place to unload groceries and fills empty space under a kitchen window.
So, I am on a mission to make it look better. The top sports a coat of new gray paint in an attempt to dress it up, but the cracks, holes and chips can't be covered by paint and the table still looks.....well, shabby.
Southern Accents Magazine, Jackye Lanham The solution it seems is to cover the top with zinc. A soft, pliable and (I think) easy to work with metal that will hopefully transform the table from an eyesore into an attractive piece of furniture for not too much money.
The zinc sample sheets have been ordered and shipped. I've convinced myself that this will be an easy, thirty minute project--tops.
Once the finish (the company offers a pre-weathered zinc) and the proper thickness of the zinc sheet is determined, I'll order enough for the table top along with a few basic tools. I hope the project lives up to my expectations. I've already got my eye on the dated counter tops in my kitchen.....