this is what my buffet has looked like since we moved in over 4 years ago. pretty right? well, its usually piled high with, well, piles.
but take a closer look and its not so pretty. no countertop on it. none. nothing. basically, we ran out of money and ideas. our options were to match our kitchen counters (caesarstone) – too expensive, or our guest bathroom counter, which is painted wood with a glass top – still too expensive.
then i remembered design mom’s table that they made themselves. now back in the day, sean and i used to be pretty handy and loved us a good project.
then we had kids.
but my parents are always up for a good project and live with us a week a month, so a project of this size seemed do-able for the 4 of us to tackle. sean set to work making the base of the counter – scrap material from his work warehouse.
then we were going to get sheet metal from home depot, and my mom got the brilliant idea to call local metal shops to get prices from them. we ended up visiting a heating duct place to see what metal we wanted to use (i wanted it to look imperfect – stainless steel was too nice and pricey). we chose our metal that we would bring home and form over the counter sean made ourselves, but the metal shop said they could do it for us – our total was only $106!!! we decided it was worth the extra $60 or so to have them do all the work for us.
the hardest part was the huge length of the countertop, and sean’s guys had to bring the big box truck to our house to pick up and drop off the finished product.
see the cute muscle-y man in the bottom right corner? he was super helpful ;)
all sean had to do was screw the top to the cabinet from inside the buffet.
i love how it turned out! i keep looking for other surfaces we could galvanize now!
the best part of paying professionals to do the job is the way they finished the corner – i could rub a sweater on it and nothing would catch – it’s nice and smooth. i still want to age it a bit more by adding nail heads along the sides and we’re looking into different chemicals that we may want to use to age it even a little more… we’ll see. i may just like how it ages with the natural scratches and dings it’ll get.
but for now i’m enjoying a shiny, smooth, clutter-free surface!