For the first one, I am redoing the middle table. I have a bunch of yardsticks I inherited when I got my new job - because I also had about 2 dozen metal yardsticks, I decided these would be best liberated to work for my project.
The red one is actually a new one I got at Lowe's and tinted red with some acrylic paint. I wanted a bit of color on this tabletop. I started by taking the top off the table - turning it over, it was held on by 8 screws underneath.
After I took off the top, I removed the four plastic tips from the bottom of the legs, and used Krylon Satin spraypaint to paint it black.
Then I cut my yardsticks on the chopsaw as I went. I wanted a modified log cabin pattern, so I started in one corner and worked across.
After it dried, I reattached the metal base to the wooden top, making sure it was centered correctly. I cut strips of yardsticks to frame out the top, hiding all the cut edges. And then I gave it two more coats of varnish.
Mercury approves! He's wearing his harness, because I took him out on his leash this afternoon.
I'm thinking one the the other tops might look good with hammered metal from old tins. I think I'll keep the bases all black, which will help make them work as a set.