Create a Vintage Industrial Study
Mellowed metal finishes and utilitarian furnishings inspired by 19th-century factory settings give this workspace time-tested style
There's no need to compromise design just because a room is meant for kids. "We wanted a study that would look good but would wear well too," says interior designer Brooke Giannetti, who put this multipurpose space together at her own house. Since it serves, in part, as the homework area, she turned to flea markets and salvage shops to find no-nonsense yet stylish furniture, lighting, and accessories. The result is a space both handsome and hardworking that mixes zinc finishes and steely iron with warm wood and woven textures. Gray-painted walls, trim, and built-ins give it a tranquil air.
For ideas on assembling a similar space at your place, read on. And go here for step-by-step instructions on how to build a zinc tabletop.
Like pre-World War II bar tops designed to take a beating, the two tabletops shown are zinc. You can replicate the look with sheet metal over plywood. Secure the metal with construction adhesive, then wrap the edges using a deadblow hammer and a flat 12-inch chisel. Tin snips and a soldering kit allow for neat corners. Go here for step-by-step instructions on how to build a zinc tabletop.
Zinc, About $80 for a 3-by-4-foot sheet; Online Metal Store
A weathered-leather finish on a book bag looks just right in a study where industrial metal and natural textures mingle. Scout for one at artists' marketplaces online or flea markets, and use the prized find to keep school supplies ready to go at a moment's notice.
We found this new one with a distressed finish at a local market for $125.