Repurposed Galvanized Side Table
I have been wanting to replace the side table in our family room for a while now. ¬† It was slowly starting to warp and the planks were separating, so it was time for a change.¬† I kept looking through catalogs and seeing what was out there.¬† Frankly, I was kind of bored.¬† Everything that I liked wouldn‚Äôt have worked in the room and everything else seemed like it was just the ‚Äúsame‚Äù. So, about a week ago I decided to go to one of my favorite vintage haunts and see if anything called my name.¬† I think it has long been established that I love anything galvanized.¬† In fact, I have decide that galvanized is my favorite color.¬† So, it was instant love when I saw this large barrel that is actually a vintage honey extractor. To me, it instantly said ‚Äì repurposed galvanized side table. When I first brought it home, I set it next to the existing table just to see how much I actually liked it in the room.¬†¬† The numbers are so yummy and the label is just perfect.¬† Although it is an unusual choice, I really did like the texture and color in this room. Originally, I thought I might just add a wood top, but I was unsure.¬† I went out to our garage and found a metal side table that I have had for years and I actually have tried to sell four times.¬† The top was great, but the base was kind of awkward.¬† With a quick removal of three bolts, I brought the top inside to see if it works.¬† I really like the black on top, I think it grounds the piece in a way that was needed.¬† I might change my mind and do a wood top in the future, but for now, I love it. ¬†At least now I can be glad I never sold it. I went out on a few different occasions while running errands to see if I could find a lamp I liked because the one that was there really did not work.¬† I kept looking for one ‚Äújust like‚Äù the one in our guest bedroom.¬† In the end, I ended up switching the two lamps and the green lamp that was in here looks perfect in the bedroom. I brought in a few accessories including a sweater textured candle to warm up these cold and dreary days.¬† When the days are so much shorter, I find myself lighting candles and turning on lamps more often. I changed out the light bulb for a Cree soft while LED bulb.¬†¬† I love that I can run a lamp most of the day and know it will last longer and use less energy than a regular bulb.¬† And if you are a ‚Äúdimmer‚Äù of all your lights like I am, the Cree bulbs are totally dimmable. Oh, and one more little side note from a girl who has broken more than her fair share of light bulbs, they are made with a safety coated glass for shatter resistance.¬† You can find Cree bulbs are The Home Depot. I love our new little side table.¬† And, the best part is I found a second large galvanized bucket that I am scheming what to do with next. Thanks so much for reading!