Wood Top Side Table Makeover

I've been wanting to throw away or redo this table for some time but I guess I just needed a push to get it started. Thanks to our roofer who threw stuff off the roof and broke the table for helping me get started.

I've had this table for 5-6 years. There was nothing wrong with it but it wasn't my favorite either. It simply served a purpose as a side table on the back deck or front porch. Once the mosiac tabletop was shattered, it gave me the chance to experiment and create a wood stained top I'd been wanting to try.

To start, I had to knock out the remaining glass. I made sure to wear protective eyewear. I used a flathead screwdriver to pry the pieces adhered to the cross bars.

Once I removed all the glass, I spray painted the iron white.

While I was painting the table, my husband cut a 1 1/2 wide piece of wood (which was a quarter inch thick) into 13.5 inch long pieces. We premeasured the table and did the math so we knew we needed 9 pieces. I positioned them on the table to ensure they would fit. Now that I knew I had the right measurements, I stained the wood pieces.

After waiting the appropriate time for the stain to dry, I sealed it with a polyurethane. And the a second coat of polyurethane. Looking back I wish I'd used a gloss versus a semi-gloss to give it more sheen.

Once the polyurethane dried (per the instructions on the can), I glued the wood to the frame using liquid nails. I also glued the slats to each other to help them stay level and secure.

I'm glad I didn't throw it away because I love the table transformation! Although my husband thinks I should have painted it a different color, I think it looks so much better than the original. I like it enough that I brought it inside to use in the entry way makeover (more to come later). This and the reupholstered ottoman motivate me to rethink all my unwanted furniture.

Is there a piece of furniture you are considering redoing? Or maybe you already completed the project – how did it go? Leave a comment and let me know you were here or share your experience or ask away if you have a question!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

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  1. Elena lopez says:

    I like your craftiness with the table makeover–you are amazing!! What were the kids up to ehie you worked on project?

    • guyerfamily says:

      I should have included a picture! Lily was “helping” me. She had a dry paint brush and was painting the deck, the outdoor rug, just about anything she could think of and Parker was sleeping.

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