DIY Accent Table Tutorial

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hello friends!  I have been working on updating our living space and am beyond excited to share the entire reveal with you soon!  Be sure to follow Twin Dragonfly Designs on Instagram or Facebook for sneak peeks of projects that are in the works.  

DIY Accent Table #target #inspiration #sofatable
I am absolutely thrilled with the way that this accent table turned out!


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It is the perfect sofa table for our space.

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The entire project only cost $12!  Seriously.  $12 #forthewin!
Target has an awesome home decor section.  I love just about everything this season!  It would all look absolutely fabulous in our home.  So when I saw this black wire accent table at Target for $99 I was determined to knock it off.  

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Target also sells wire umbrella/laundry baskets for $12 - $20.  I purchased a white one and just flipped it upside down to create a table base.  Easy peasy right?


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Next I went to Home Depot to see if they could possibly cut a circle of wood for me?  Pretty please?!?  Alas they only offer straight cuts in store but the sales associate said that he had just put a set of cable spool ends in the dumpster, would they work?  Um, YEAH!!  So I took home two circles of plywood about 19.5" in diameter for FREE.  You can find these at most home supply stores ~ just go in and ask if they have any lying around.


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I wanted a thicker look to the table top so I glued the two ends together using no more nails adhesive.  I lined up the holes in each piece of wood for a unified look.


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One of the pieces had some numbers and letters stained into the wood.  I wanted to work with that vintage feel so I added "Circa 1999" {the year Darcy and I met} and "Kelo" {the first few letters in the name of the city where we live} with black acrylic paint.

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After the paint dried I sanded the entire surface smooth.

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I was originally going to work with the natural colour of the wood which is why this photo of the clear poly top coat was taken before staining the wood.  But I wanted to share this picture with you just in case you were wondering what kind of top coat I like to use.

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I chose to stain the entire table top with a slightly red tinged stain to complement the Mid Century Danish Antique that I had found a few weeks ago.  After the stain was set I covered it with a few coats of polycrylic.  Finally I fastened the top to the wire basket using jute {strung through the holes} and all purpose glue {like E6000} underneath.

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Here you can see where the holes were lined up and where the jute was fastened.

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Darcy loves the hole in the center ~ it is perfect for putting your cup into!  Dude.  So cool.

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Take a look at our finished accent table...

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Thanks so much for stopping by.

p.s this is my entry for CWTS at East Coast Creative.  Wish me luck! 

xo Heather
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65 comments:

  1. Brilliant! I like it even better than the Target version!

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    1. Thank you! I like to think that ours has more "personality" ;)

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  2. Best moment ever: "I have some spool ends that I just put in the dumpster, will those work?!" Love it! :) What are the chances of you asking that specific guy, that specific question, right after he had thrown them in the dumpster. So awesome!

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  3. Love love! Now I'm going to ask for 'spool' ends at our hardware store haha I think something like this would be great on our patio!

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  4. Absolutely fantastic project. I love the words you added before sanding and that stain is so perfect with the white. What a great end table!!

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    1. That's my favorite part too ~ thanks for stopping by! xo

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  5. this is awesome! love the style and love the price!

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  6. wow--what a great knock off! and great tip about the cable spool ends!

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  7. Heather, this is such a great knock-off project! I'd love for you to link it up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop this week. It opens up at 8pm Central on Wednesday night. Hope to see you there!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  8. I can't believe this is made from a wire basket, it's great.
    http://www.crafty-chic.blogspot.com

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  9. Do you know what the basket you used was called? I have been searching their website and can't find anything similar. I would love to replicate this- what a genius idea!

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    1. It was made by "Beaver-Canoe" which may only be available in Canada? :S

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  10. This is brilliant! And I love that the top was free. I agree that Target has great stuff but not always great prices. I'm cheap like that. :)

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  11. The accent table looks super cute. I want a table like this for my lounge too and after looking at this project i must get it at once :)

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  12. You added that text on the wood yourself?!?! This is awesome, Heather... truly awesome :)

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  13. I love this because it is both cute and cheap. Always impressed with creative people like you. Great job!

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    1. cute + cheap = two of my favorite things! ;)

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  14. I love this so so much! Great project and I am going to have to look for that waste bin at Target! Saw you on VR link party. xo Kristin

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  15. OHH that table turned out really well. Make me one! What a unique way to use a waste bin and target has such great things. I would love for you to come link this up to our Wednesday party.

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  16. Thanks so much for linking up your awesome project to Take-A-_Look Tuesday - and look, I featured it today!
    --Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  17. Great! I love wire elements because they make furniture look light and floaty.

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  18. You're a genius!!!
    I would never have thought of that in a million years - fantastic job!!!

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  19. This is genius! I'll be featuring you for sure :)

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  20. This is awesome, Heather! So funny, I picked up a very similar laundry basket (on clearance for $9) yesterday with plans to do the same thing! I headed stray to Lowes and could a circle top (one of the pre-cut circle tray type boards) but it was pricey at $19. I am going to have to run in tomorrow and see if they have any cable spools. Thanks so much for sharing! I just love it :)

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    1. NO way! Great minds think alike *wink* let me know when you finish it I would LOVE to see it! xo

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  21. Gorgeous! Thanks for linking up at the Create Link Inspire party! You were featured today!

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  22. Thanks for linking to Create Link Inspire at The Crafty Blog Stalker. You have been featured and pinned! Thank you for sharing.
    --Katie, TheCraftyBlogStalker.com

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  23. Oh my goodness! Genius! I LOVE it!

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  24. awesome diy. how dare they charge 99 bucks when they sell the same exact shaped base for so much less.

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  25. So clever, inexpensive, and relatively easy! Just the kind of project I like!

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  26. I love that table! So much character and fits perfectly!

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  27. Awesome job. I like yours better. The holes and little imperfections make it so original!

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  28. Gorgeous!! LOVE ! I would love for you to share on my Chic By You Link Party @ http://chicbytab.blogspot.ca/2014/03/chic-by-you-wednesday-link-party-2.html. Hope to see you there!

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  29. I'm totally going to do this!! Genius!1

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  30. Beautiful ! Great job and love the price tag as well !

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  31. That is one AWESOME table! Excellent idea and job!

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  32. This would be perfect on my new screened porch!

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