I walked past the Mecox store a few days ago and spotted a small metal table covered in distressed red paint. It was lovely. I couldn't keep my mind off that table, so I headed into the store this afternoon to take a closer look. I thought it might have been originally intended for patio dining or some such thing. A very nice store manager asked if he could help me and I told him I had a crush on this red table. I slyly peeked at the price tag - What? What? Five thousand dollars? What? What a buzz kill. So now I'm on the hunt. I'm going to find some old beat up metal table and paint it myself. The question now is, "How do I get that distressed patina that made the Mecox table so lovely?"