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 gong 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 a 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!