Sometimes I get the itch to try a project just for the heck of it. Even if I think it will fail, or look horrid, or be a total time-suck…I just want to give it a shot. These tables are one of those projects.
I’ve been wanting to bring some gold into the house somehow, and I figured guest room bedside tables would be a great way to do that. The first thing that popped into my head was a gold wire table, mostly because I’ve seen them all over the internet (Pinterest) and they are stuck in my head. I could never get away with putting them in the main part of my house (every time I mention gold Adam stops me mid-sentence and says “No gold! Veto”), but in a funky southwestern bedroom that he never enters? I’m doing it.
There is quite a bit of inspiration out there, here are a few pieces that I found…
My first stop was Amazon (of course), and I quickly found a table that would work perfectly.
And good news…it’s marked down $188 off of retail! Only $517 per table! Whoop! So for the slamming deal of $1,034 I could own two of these babies. Two end tables and no husband.
Overstock had more affordable options, these Safavieh tables were all between $100 and $200 each.
Then I took to Pinterest and discovered all the tables I had been seeing were from Target.
They were all about $50-$100….but everything was out of stock/discontinued. Evidently, I’m really behind on this gold table trend.
So I decided to experiment and make some out of stuff I had lying around the house. And what I had was tomato cages, wire, spray paint, and lots of scrap wood. Challenge accepted.
First I cut off the long prongs.
Then I started to add wire, first stringing it vertically….
…and then weaving it in horizontally.
The result? It looked like a kindergartener made it. The wires weren’t straight and it reminded me of when my four-year-old writes his name. Of course, his squiggly little name is the best thing ever, so maybe this could be considered cute and whimsical as well. I should probably paint it and see.
Paint and primer helped…a ton. Could this actually work? I guess the only way to see would be to make tops and see if they are sturdy.
I rubbed them down with some finishing wax and then attached them to the tomato cages with some metal clips and screws.
Now, let’s be honest… these aren’t the best-looking tables. It kinda looks like Spiderman played a role in their creation. But they’re not terrible either, considering. I’d call them a semi-success. The tables are fairly sturdy…they have a little jiggle to them but they’re not going to fall over or collapse under the weight of normal bedside table stuff. I’m going to leave them for now, but if I find legit gold wire ones on clearance, I’ll pick them up. Or maybe a wire laundry hamper turned upside down with the current tops attached. That would work great, actually.
Anyway, there you have it…my completely free tomato cage table experiment. I can’t very well end this post without mentioning the wall. It’s amazing right? I freaking love it and am hoping to have it finished by Thanksgiving!
Southwestern Bedroom Sources + Links
- Walls – Sculptors Clay Behr PPU5-8
- Trim – Pure White SW7005