I'm pretty darn happy that I didn't have enough yardsticks to cover the top; I'll just save them for a smaller project.
Here's the mess I started with:
Chunks of plywood were peeling off the top, so I decided to flip it over and use the other side. I love the slot that was originally used to hold hammers and other tools.
I wanted to keep the industrial look of the legs, but they were such a mess. I taped off the wood, then painted the legs with Rust-Oleum metallic aluminum spray paint. The wood was painted with two coats of AS chalk paint in Old Ochre. Then it was time to turn this old workbench into a coffee station. I used the Coffee stencil that Funky Junk Interiors sent to me to try out. It was just the extra character it needed! Clear wax was applied to the wood surfaces.
I attached an old drawer pull to each end for hanging some extra stuff. Almost everyone thought these were drawers.
Keeping with the industrial vibe, I replaced the protruding screws with bolts and washers.
A couple of old hooks in front are perfect for hanging coffee mugs.
An inexpensive cotton tea towel was stenciled with the cup and coffee bean portion of the stencil, then heat set with an iron to make it washable.
I brought it to the Pleasanton Antique Fair last Sunday, and I'm happy to say that this labor of love coffee station found a happy new home.
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