Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Stainless Steel Look Furniture ~ How To

Here it is.  Remember the "stainless steel look" desk I did some time ago?  I've finally found the time to put together a "how to".  To those of you who asked me to do this tutorial a long time ago...sorry it took so long, but better later than never... right?   Here was the desk





So here is the deal-e-yo.   You need to go to Lowe's and pick up some Aluminum Flashing.  It's in the roofing aisle.  It looks like this.



You're also going to need some sheet metal type scissors.  These are the ones I use.  Regular scissors won't do it, the metal is thin but not that thin! 

Then you're going to need some faux nailhead trim.  This comes in a roll and saves a ton of time.  It looks like this (below).  I buy mine online from Beacon Fabric .  They sell it in 10 yard rolls and 50 yard rolls.  It comes with a package of actual nailheads that you attach it with.







You'll also need a hammer, some pliers that will cut wire, and a nail..  You'll need the nail to make a hole in the faux nailhead trim when you cut your pieces to the length you need.

And last but not least you'll need a tube of Silver Leaf Rub n' buff, to cover the edges that you can't cover with flashing, and a black magic marker.




OK, so I'll start with the drawers first.
Roll out the Aluminum Flashing on the floor or table or wherever you have enough room to do so.
Then place the drawer face down on the flashing.



Use a black magic marker to draw a line around the drawer.  Then use your metal scissors to cut on the inside of the black line.





This stuff cuts really easy as long as you have the right kind of cutters.  It won't take forever, it's not hard to do, you won't cut your hand off (I hope).  Just snip, snip, snip. 

Next apply the Rub n' Buff around the edge of the drawer front.  You can use your finger.  Just use a dab.  It dries pretty much right away.




Now you can attach the flashing.  Cut your faux nailhead trim to the length of the side of the drawer.  Use the plier cutters. 




The faux nailhead trim has holes every few inches that you put the actual nailheads though.  If there isn't a hole at the end of the piece you cut,  use the nail to create one. (Just center the nail in the middle of the faux nailhead and hit it with your hammer).


Start in the corner and work your way down the edge.  Use your hammer to sink the nailheads into the holes provided in the trim. You will only need a couple of nailheads for each edge, so it doesn't take long.   I don't use any type of adhesive under the flashing.  I only use the nailhead trim to attach it.  My reason for this is if any part gets damaged, dinged, scratched, whatever, I can take it off and put on a new piece flashing.  After you've attached your first piece of nailhead trim make sure to keep the flashing flat.  I keep rubbing my hand over it like I'm petting it, but push down so that my hand kind of pulls it tight.  I do that as I go from edge to edge.  If you don't do that, you may end up with air under your flashing and you'll need to take it off and redo it.  Not fun.




You do the top and sides the same way.
One thing that will make it easier when you are cutting the flashing for the top and sides is if you use a right angle ruler.  I take my measurement then make dots on the flashing with my marker and connect them into a line with my ruler.  Then cut inside the line.





Hope all that makes sense, and helps!

Smiles!
~ Renew Redo~


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24 comments:

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    1. Thanks Jan! : )

      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  2. OMG this is totally spectacular! BRILLIANT!

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  3. This might be the most innovative furniture makeover I've ever seen! Wow!! Thanks for sharing this with us :)

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  4. This is a great project! Would you consider linking it up to my Pinworthy Projects Linky Party over at Just Us Four?

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  5. beautiful!, id love to feature it, if that would be ok with you please let me know,
    lauren

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  6. beautiful, id love to feature it, if this would be ok with you please let me know
    lauren

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  7. That was a fabulous tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I am def going to do this when we finally get moved.

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  8. Your projects, ideas and tutorials are the absolute best. Thanks so much for the effort. Cant wait to get going with Rub n Buff!

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    1. Thanks for appreciating my effort! : ) heehee, Such a sweet comment!

      Smiles!
      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  9. A gorgeous collection full of inspiration. I like your information thanks for your sharing.
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  10. I am so in love with this desk! It's a great idea I may use for a desk I have that I've wanted to make over, but don't want to spend time sanding, priming, & painting. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Wow, this is REALLY cool, but I have trouble using snips.

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  12. I've wanted to do the silver leaf rub n'buff on a wall mounted computer desk, but it's particle board with a laminate finish. Will rub n'buff work on that material? TIA

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  13. Love this! Great tutorial and I appreciate the link to get the trim. Have my supplies and am making a bar cart!

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  14. Did you do the sides too? Do you have any other angles? Thanks!

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  15. Cant wait to do this! beautiful.

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  16. I used flashing when redecorating my son's house. I removed the metal backsplash with roses, much to feminine for a "man cave house" and I put up the flashing. I didn't know about this edging, but I bought nail rivets that screw in and with an electric screwdriver put them every so many inches. The flashing matched his dishwasher. Then I bought a refrigerator with black sides and chrome front. Put up a chrome light over the dining table and wah lah a man's kitchen. My only thought on flashing for a desk is the flashing dents really easily and I would think a desk would take a lot more abuse than a backsplash.

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  17. Muito obrigada por compartilhar , i love this . Congratulations .
    Shalom adonai.

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  18. Out of interest did you find the edge of the flashing to be sharp or does the "nail head" trim cover the edge?

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  20. This is second time i visit this blog, I love your creation..
    something inspirational for me

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  21. how did you attach the drawer pulls? holes in the flashing? Thanks Kim

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  22. I did this with a 100 year old dresser. The veneer was too far gone to repair. Came out beautifully. Do glue down the top surface piece as it will be loose feeling if you don't. I didn't and needed to redo which was fairly simple. I applied crystal knobs to the drawers and that really finished it off. Was pretty easy and everyone thinks it is really great.

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