Still Testing My Metal!

January 31st, 2010 in member junk     
junkermidge junkermidge, member
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An industrial dining table -- not for every home, but will look great in the right one.  The glass top is 36 but really needs to be a bit bigger -- Im on the lookout for one. 
I got three of these barrels for free off of Craigslist (and ended up getting a new customer, too!).  I decided to use this one first because the bottom was unusable as is and would have to come off.  It would have to be standard height, the uncut ones could be bar height.
I cleaned the barrel out really well (not fun!), and polyed to seal in anything chippy.  I cut the bottom off using my cut off wheel.  I was pleasantly surprised how nicely it turned out.
I havent decided yet what kind of seating to use with it.  But I do have these 2 rusty bar stool bottoms. Hmmmm.....
Not sure yet, either, how to accessorize it.  But found this great chain/hook that matches perfectly (you probably cant see the yellow on it, but its there).  Im thinking something hanging over center of table.  
An industrial dining table -- not for every home, but will look great in the right one.  The glass top is 36 but really needs to be a bit bigger -- Im on the lookout for one. 

An industrial dining table -- not for every home, but will look great in the right one.  The glass top is 36" but really needs to be a bit bigger -- I'm on the lookout for one. 


I'm really excited to start going more industrial.  My last metal project was more on the conservative side which is great because the side table I made could go with so many other things -- including this industrial dining table.  But this one is definitely not conservative, it's a little bit "out there" but would look great in just the right setting -- maybe a loft type space.  The post that will follow this shows a piece to go with it.

It's really as simple as it looks an old metal barrel with a piece of glass on top.  But I'm still playing with some of the finishing details.    


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Comments (24)

junkhead2011 writes: How about a fresh coat of yellow epoxy with some industrial looking stencils..nuclear waste? Have fun!

RM Posted: 11:26 am on January 8th
cowbootie writes: What a great piece. That's what's called the 'thrill of the hunt'. Woman you scored. Congrats! Posted: 9:14 pm on December 30th
CottageElements writes: Noreen, you really are finding your nitch. You really have the industrial edge down! Great job!

Lani Posted: 1:20 am on February 3rd
junkermidge writes: Thanks for the comments, I'm glad you like it. Laurel, you've got my number, I DO think that this is my new thing (not my ONLY thing, just my NEW thing). And Patti, too funny. I hadn't even thought about the cut off portion, but you busted me and knew I'd want to use it for something (and I thought I was so sneaky and mysterious). After you suggested it, I did think about using it over the table, but it might be too big for that. Hmmm.... Anyway, I'm going to keep trying things with the metal. I really like the look. I encourage any of you to try something industrial. It's fun!
Midge Posted: 4:00 pm on February 2nd
suewhitney writes: Do you notice the letter A on this piece. It stands for AWESOME!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 1:10 pm on February 2nd
oldnews writes: Oh! One more thing,just a thought, the chain and the part you cut off the barrel, could it become a light fixture to hang over the table? Keep the industrial thing going? Marie Posted: 9:37 am on February 2nd
oldnews writes: How many times have I looked at this picture and I can't believe I haven't left a comment!! It's totally cool! I've been wanting one for my deck like this ever since I saw the one in Sue's book! I have the Glass top and access to the metal barrels, but I just haven't gotten it together yet. SOMEDAY...I LOVE YOURS! Marie! Posted: 9:34 am on February 2nd
secondchanceart writes: that's really cool - I love the lettering on the metal barrel. thanks for sharing! :) Amy Posted: 7:15 pm on February 1st
mkh37206 writes: OR - you make another table out of those stools! Great project! Posted: 5:05 pm on February 1st
redneckChic writes: I love it!!! Of course - I am constantly in awe of what you create!!!

;-) Posted: 4:36 pm on February 1st
NebraskaJunker writes: You go girl! Great project! Can't wait to find out what you come up with for those stools. Posted: 4:03 pm on February 1st
chippingcharm writes: Fantastic Noreen! Ok, so I LOVE everything you do...but I'm thinking you've found your "niche" in industrial junk...am I right??? Awesome, Laurel Posted: 3:51 pm on February 1st
54girl writes: What a fun peice! And I love the rusty bar stools! Great job using the power tools!! Mary Posted: 2:34 pm on February 1st
RustyDiva writes: I knew I would love this as soon as I saw the little picture! The rustiness of the barrel drew me in immediately!!! Great job and I guess I need to check out craigslist more often! Love it, love it, love it!!! Posted: 10:36 am on February 1st
racers7 writes: That is awesome and I can't believe you cut it up...way to go! I would love to see how your "more industrial" side transitions into other projects, sounds exciting! Melody Posted: 9:20 am on February 1st
Grasshopper22 writes: Your table looks absolutely fabulous!! Posted: 8:45 am on February 1st
TinTinJunkFan writes: Another wonderful project...I agree this would be perfect in a loft Posted: 8:21 am on February 1st
itsnotjunk2me writes: Midge, This piece is phenomenal! You are one incredible lady that can turn the common, rusted item into a masterpiece. Kuddos on the cutting and that leftover piece, I'm sure, will be in another post soon! As for the chain...that has cool factor written all over it and I know you will come up with something great for its use.
~judi ;) Posted: 4:12 pm on January 31st
MakinItHappen writes: Wow, a woman who can cut metal; you've got my respect! Very impressive. Hey, I think those bar stool frames would make awesome table bases, too. Posted: 12:01 pm on January 31st
upyourattic writes: This is fantastic! I know you're not throwing out the piece you cut off so could you use the chain on it and make it into a caddy of some sort? Like to carry food to the table? Or what about a hanging candle-leir (SP?) over the table? Or, turn the piece over and make a large clock and hang it on the wall from the chain?

Whatever - it's great and would also be fabulous on the deck or porch since the more wear, the better! great job.

Patti Posted: 9:30 am on January 31st
JunkArchitect writes:

Noreen, you’ve turned into a junk’in ironworker and your table is incredible. Keep on cutting!

Jim Posted: 8:05 am on January 31st
grannijo writes: Love this post too...you have struck it rich with "metal"...give us more!...love it!...sharon Posted: 7:01 am on January 31st
fellowjunker writes: Wow Midge...great working!
xojanis Posted: 5:07 am on January 31st
alicemom writes: Midge,
Ican not believe you cut that thing! You did a fantastic job!! It really is way cool! Kudos x10.
smiles, alice Posted: 12:28 am on January 31st
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