The past few weeks, I’ve been on the hunt for a cool piece of furniture to re-purpose. I didn’t really have anything specific in mind, so I’ve been browsing Craigslist. If you’ve never looked on Craigslist for old furniture that’s also pretty cheap, I suggest you go right now. It’s honestly a gold mine. For $40, I found this cool metal and glass table:
I’m not sure if you can tell by the picture, but the table is literally just two metal stands with glass laying between to connect them. After looking at it for a few minutes, I decided it would be perfect to remove the glass and make two accent tables with the metal stands as bases. Check out the full transformation below!
- (2) Metal Stands
- (2) 16″ Pre-Cut Wood Rounds
- Gold Spray Paint
- Wood Stain & Polyurethane
- 1 1/4″ Wood Screws
- Power Drill
*Yes, those are really the only tools necessary this time.*
Step 1 – Sand and Stain Wood Rounds
After I met the seller to pick up the table, I went straight to Home Depot to look for some inspiration on what to use for the accent tables’ tops. I found these 16″ wood rounds that are the perfect size so I bought two of them. They come pretty smooth already, so I went just over each with 220 grit sand paper to prep them for finishing. I used Minwax wood stain in “Dark Walnut” for the color, then a coat of Varathane Triple Thick polyurethane in semi gloss once the stain was dry.
Step 2 – New Gold Paint
In the photo above, the stand on the left is how it was purchased, while the stand on the right has new paint. They were already gold, but had a lot of scratches and just needed a brighter shade. I used one can of this spray paint.
Step 3 – Drill Holes & Attach
With a small drill bit, I drilled two holes into opposite sides of the top frame on each base. The frames are hollow so it was pretty easy to drill through. I just had to be sure to use a bit large enough to make holes for my wood screws.
To attach the stained wood tops, I centered the frames to the bottom of each circle and screwed them on using 1 1/4″ wood screws as the frames are about half an inch thick. I love the way the wood grain and gold accent looks in this photo, even if it is just a progress shot.
Step 4 – Enjoy My New Accent Tables!
For under $60, I transformed one dated table into two updated tables. That’s a win-win in my book! What do you think? Be sure to leave a comment below, as I always love hearing your thoughts.