I had this table that I bought at auction. Originally I thought I would just make it a Lego table as a quick paint and flip. It sat in storage and I pulled it out for a look.
Good bones for sure and I always love the vintage and original markings. I left those in place and cleaned it then painted it with a mix of Shabby Paints Dynasty Blue and Licorice. I also stained the tops and mismatched leather just a bit with Shabby Paints reVAX.
I really wasn’t happy with it overall. When this month’s contest came up, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to revamp this little treasure. I grabbed it and pulled off the leather knowing what I would do. I have always wanted to do the penny floor… this was my opportunity to practice first! A penny table!
It wasn’t pretty. I laid out some pennies to get a feel for whether this would look good.
Once I knew it was going to work and the pennies weren’t too thick, I pulled them all off and painted the insert Licorice to really show off the shine.
Then I laid out the pennies again and started glueing. I found it easiest and fastest to pull out one row, lay a line of glue down, then slide the pennies into the line of glue. This had to be done line by line as the glue set up pretty quickly.
When I got to gluing the bottom everything didn’t line up as perfectly so I had to get creative. I tried laying it all out in a random pattern, but there were odd gaps no matter how I arranged things.
There was about a 3/4 penny gap at one end when I tried to set them up in a line. After thinking for a while, I decided to cut popsicle sticks thinly to fill the gaps on the top and bottom.
How did I cut them so thinly? I used my Ryobi scroll saw with a makeshift jig.
Once i glued them down you could see a gap where the sticks met.
I used Shabby Paints Texture as a quick drying wood filler.
I sanded it smooth and painted the edging Licorice to match… and then, I panicked. Never having worked with epoxy before I decided I might need to practice first. So I grabbed a square bit of plywood and glued some pennies then mixed a sample batch.
Not nearly as bad as I thought- wax paper and time are your friends…
I jumped in with both feet and finished the table:
The bottom was a little bit more tricky than the top, but not horribly so at all. The long “open” time was a blessing a few times and gave me the ability to move everything around when I realized it wasn’t flowing in certain spots in the back. I loved breathing on it and using my torch to get rid of bubbles (it’s the carbon dioxide more than the heat that moves them out). It was also super satisfying and relaxing watching the product flow, settle and level out.
Once it was finished, dry and cured, I drug it off to the new shop and she’s just waiting for someone to take her home. The shine of the copper is nicely offset by the wood tones and the blue. Hopefully this penny table gem will find a happy home soon.
What do you think? Are you ready to give ETI-Envirotex a try? I can’t wait to see what everyone else does with it!