DIY Project Table Make-Over

Years ago I snatched this table up from a garage sale for $6. It was a honey oak color with a glass top, and though I didn’t love the color, it was exactly what I was looking for. So I gave it a quick paint job and left the glass top and it worked perfectly behind our couch in our first home, and then along our wall where we live now. 

A year or so ago, something fell on the table and cracked the glass. It sat that way for a long time. I didn’t want to replace the glass because that could get expensive and I only paid $6 for it in the beginning. But, I didn’t want to buy a whole new table because that could be pricey too. My friend, Kim who I’m certain is Joanna Gaines’ soul sister, told me just to make a wooden top and replace the glass. So I did.

I went to the Barry County Lumber and had them cut one 16′ long 1″x4″ into three 58″ sections. I brought them home, sanded them lightly, and stained them with some stain we already had. I used Rust-oleum Wood Stain in Kona. I did two light coats of stain, lightly sanding in between. My father-in-law kreg jigged the boards together for me, so no screw holes were visible.

I wanted a natural looking wood top, so I knew I wanted white and bright on the bottom. The color I chose was Behr’s Minimilistic and applied two coats, lightly sanding in between. Once the paint was dry, I used sand paper to distress the edges and corners a bit.

While painting, I admitted to my husband that I’m the worst painter. I have no patience. I am not careful. But, doing it myself is better than paying someone else to do it.


I’m super happy with how it turned out. I love the wood + white 100x better than the glass top! Still coming in under $20, this table is a steal and a piece I hope to have in our home for a long time!

What DIY projects do you have in progress or are dreaming of?

xo Debi


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