Here is the first look I got at it, on the curb (and without the benefit of a long-range lens):
|I snagged the drawer units and that little lamp table/magazine rack|
Here's a better look at this project in it's not-too-sorry 'before' state
Basic black metal and formica top. I checked before the project got started and the lamp works - yay! Now to make it a little prettier...
First thing was to take off the wood top:
Actually...I sanded the top first, then realized it was easily removed. Nothing like doing things backwards and making it it harder!
|Sanded it smooth-ish|
Spray painted it my new favorite - Oil Rubbed Bronze:
|Threw it in the yard on top of my recycling bin, with a drop cloth and it was super easy!|
|This is the difference in finish from oil rubbed bronze and the flat black...much better!|
|Hard to see, but it has a subtle sparkle in the bronze...too bad it won't show up in my basement :( I'll know it's there though.|
What to do with the top is a tough decision - it was a generic formica medium-toned damaged wood top. I sanded and primed it and had a decision to make on color to paint...darker? Lighter? Somewhere in between? Our basement is dark and masculine, so a lighter top didn't seem right. A glazed and distressed top wouldn't work, so I went with a dark brown color (knowing I could change it easily.)
Here's the first coat:
It's a little darker in person, but it may get some other kind of treatment. It's only paint, right? A dry-brush of something darker maybe. I thought about spraying it the same ORB, but decided against it. Maybe something really creative like...
That's all for right now while I'm deciding what to do with it next. The bottom part turned out so well, the top should look good too! Any ideas out there?