10+ Ways to Transform an Old Side Table

There’s something on this list for everyone!

Whether you have a table that needs a little TLC, or you need a side table but don’t want to spend a lot of money, there’s something for you on this list! Maybe you’re like me and you picked up an old side table from the thrift store in hopes of finding an awesome DIY… Only now it’s just taking up space in the garage. Good thing I found a few ways to give my table a makeover! Who knows, maybe I’ll pick up a few more tables and try out more of these awesome ideas!

Faux Geode Tabletop

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How cool is this? It looks like a geode table top! This gorgeous effect is actually acrylic paint, epoxy resin, and glitter. That’s it! Start by cleaning, sanding, and painting the table. Then mix up epoxy resin and spread it out over the clean table top.

Next, pour the acrylic paints into separate cups and pour them out onto the wet resin. You can blend them a bit using a popsicle stick. Go over the tabletop with a blow torch or a heat gun to get rid of any bubbles. Finally, add a row of glitter and then pour another coat of epoxy resin on top.

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Cracked Mirror Table Top

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This is such a fun, eclectic table! Go ahead and clean off the table and paint if you want to. Then, place a mirror into a box and smash it with a hammer. The box helps to keep the glass contained. Make sure to wear thick gloves when handling the broken mirror pieces!

Arrange the pieces on the table and then attach them with E6000 glue (or another industrial-strength glue). When everything is dry, wrap duct tape around the entire edge of the table, with half of the tape sticking up along the edge to create a wall of sorts. Then, pour epoxy resin onto the table and spread it out. The tape will catch the excess resin so it doesn’t spill over the edge. Then all that’s left is to remove the tape and sand down the edges until they are smooth.

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Planter Table

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Need a table but don’t quite have it in the budget? Try this planter table! It’s seriously so easy. All you need are two planters and a round wood slab that can be found at any home improvement store. Attach the planters with some E6000 glue and spray paint them whatever color you want. Then, stain the wood slab (or paint it). Finally, attach the top with more glue. You can finish everything with a protective sealant if you want. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

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Faux Farmhouse-Style Table

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I absolutely adore this DIY project. I happen to have a cheap particle board table that could use a makeover. First, paint the legs of the table. Then, grab a box of thin wood shims. Break the shims down to size and sand off the edges. Start gluing down the wood pieces and attaching them to the tabletop with wood glue. Once everything is dry, simply stain the wood and then paint on a sealant. I think you’ll agree that the end result is absolutely stunning!

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See more table transformation ideas in the video below!