Today’s makeover of a small brass table is quick and easy to do. Maybe it will inspire you to find something to upcycle this weekend. What else do you have to do?
Inspect & Repair Project
This is the small brass table I got free from a friend a few years ago. Whether you’re doing a project you already have or a thrift store project, the first order of business is inspect and repair.
One of the legs was very loose. I was unable to tighten the screw while it was in the base, so I removed a second screw holding the leg on and pulled the leg from the base.
Tightening the screw was not working, so I found a washer and added it. Then the leg was very sturdy and not wobbly any longer. You can see the other two legs already had washers installed. I suppose that is why the lady gave this to my friend to give to me.
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Thoroughly Clean Brass Table
Rinse After Washing
Rinsing with the hose is the easiest fix for a project this size. Do not skip this step after using TSP or Krud Kutter! Don’t forget to turn it upside down.
Spray Paint Small Brass Table
As per my usual, I reached for some spray paint and turned the small brass table upside down to begin painting it.
Follow Spray Paint Directions
Follow the directions on your spray paint can for recoating. Many times it needs to be within 30 minutes, or after 24 hours. It’s really important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. It’s not always convenient, but if you can do it in the small window, really pay attention and do it after that window closes.
Turn the small brass table upright and continue to spray paint with two light coats.
Spray Paint Gone Wrong
After the paint dried on the brass table, this is what I saw. I washed and rinsed the project really well. I don’t know why it did this. It could be wax leftover from a candle, or maybe some perfume from years ago? There’s no way of knowing. I didn’t see any evidence of this spray paint gone wrong as I was painting.
The only thing I could think to do was to sand the paint smooth and recoat it. Be sure to DUST when you sand. Dirt, dust and debris are the worst enemy of spray paint. It’s not nearly as forgiving as chalk paint.
Because it had been several days, I knew I could safely re-coat the brass table with more spray paint.
Distress Brass Table with Emery Board
Small Brass Table Makeover
I love how the black small brass table looks against the teal chairs! Notice anything familiar? That’s my repurposed shutter vertical garden project in the latest issue of Flea Market Home & Living Magazine !!!!
On the cover it says “Display Until 8.17.20”. It’s a Centennial Publication. This magazine is beautiful, and add FREE! I’m pretty giddy about the feature because it’s my first full page spread.
This sad little table is waiting for it’s makeover. I haven’t been able to figure out exactly what I want to use for the top. There are a couple of more small outdoor tables in the wood shed waiting for THEIR makeover. Stay tuned!
Small Brass Table for Outdoor Use
I love this quick and easy project, do you?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.