That's when she called me to refresh them with the same paint color I used to transform a bench for their front entry. Inspiration struck and after a phone call to run my idea by them, I got the okay to transform the Arborite tops into a faux tin.
This is the matching coffee table...
This is what the tables looked like before the makeover. I forgot to take a before picture of the coffee table but they were a matching set.
They were both in excellent shape and only required a good cleaning and some light sanding to rough up the surface for the paint to have some bite. As I mentioned above, it's the same paint color, Provence by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, that I used on a 70's Coffee Table Upholstered Bench for their front entry.
For the feet and metal rails on the tiered table, I painted them with Modern Masters Semi-Opaque Metallic Platinum Silver, the same paint I used on my Vintage Vanity Makeover.
How To Give Arborite The Look of Tin
With this magic in a can!
Seriously! After I roughed the tops very lightly with a sanding block in the direction of the grain, I simply sprayed several thin coats of Rust-oleum Mirror Effect spray paint over the Arborite.
While it doesn't give the mirror effect that it would if sprayed on glass, it does give a faux tin appearance with a slightly reflective finish. Arborite is the perfect surface to apply this technique because it is nice and smooth.
The results were confirmed when a friend came for dinner and asked how I attached the tin to the tables. Yesssssss!
Both tables were sprayed with three coats of Exterior Diamond Coat Polyurethane for extra protection.
I had to take a close-up photo of the adorable wooden vintage phone that I picked up from a local online auction site.
I was pretty happy with the results of this makeover and thankfully so were my son and his girlfriend. The tables look great in their living room!
At first glance, would you have thought these were real tin tops?
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