If you follow me on Instagram (@lindivs), then you may have seen a sneak peek of this project already! Today I’m joining 11 other AMAZING Canadian bloggers to share 12 #MarchWoodworking projects for #12MonthsofDIY! I had an plain Jane old side table that I bought when I first moved out on my own. Since I’ve been married, it’s been sitting in our guest bedroom, usually gathering dust. I’m planning to re-vamp the entire guest bedroom this Spring, so I thought it was the perfect time to give this side table a makeover.
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Please excuse the horrible grainy photo above! I got SO excited about this table makeover that I forgot to take a before picture! This, unfortunately, is the only one I have. It still shows off the boring basics of the table though. Here’s everything you need:
Old side table
Paint (I used Ash and Casement by Fusion Mineral Paints)
Black spray paint (optional)
I was SO excited to work with Fusion Mineral Paints on this project. They have the most gorgeous colours, plus the paint won’t crack, fade, or discolour over time. Check out their Pinterest page for colour inspiration. I chose to use the colours Ash (deep grey) and Casement (off-white)
I started by taking apart my existing table, and painting each individual piece. Honestly, the paint went on SO smoothly! I did a second coat, just to be sure everything was covered, but I could’ve gotten away with just one coat of paint.
I wanted the inside of my drawer to pop out. Plus, I hate when you have a really dark drawer and you can’t see your things inside! So I used the Casement paint to brighten up the drawer. With the lighter colour on the dark original paint, two coats was definitely needed (only 1 coat of paint pictured above).
First, use the Chop Saw to cut the length needed to cover your table. My table top was 20 1/8″ long, so I cut four boards at 20 1/8″.
Next, use the table saw to cut your pieces (from the previous step) to the correct width. My table was 20″ wide, so I cut each of my four boards down to 5″ wide.
When I was done cutting, my 5″ x 20 1/8″ boards fit perfectly over top of the existing side table.
When I was done, I sent each individual piece through the planer (takes off tiny layers of wood at a time) a few times to make sure that they would lay flat on the tabletop and they would all be uniform.
Then I sanded all sides of each piece to make sure they were smooth.
The last step before staining, was to make sure that I had my drill holes in place for the “bolted” industrial look. I put a drill hole about 1.5″ from the edge of each side, directly in the center. First drill a pilot hole, and then drill a countersunk hole using a drill bit (fostner bit) that is the same size as your bolt so that the bolt will sink down and end up at the same level as your wood.
I chose to use 8 of these carriage bolts, but they were too long, so my handy hubby got out the grinder and chopped them down to the width of my boards.
Next, stain and varnish your piece (not pictured) and let it dry overnight. You can also spray paint your carriage bolts at this point. I painted ours a gloss black. When it is dry, you are ready for your final step! Clamp your wood pieces to the top of your painted side table. I clamped onto thin boards above the stained boards to hold them all at once.
Screw into the boards from underneath, Double check that your screws are the right length. You want them to go into the stained boards, but not through them.
Mix some epoxy, drip it into the pre-drilled holes on top, and put your faux bolts inside.
DONE! Now go admire your new re-vamped industrial side table :)
I also added new hardware… the plain old wooden knob wasn’t doing it for me!
Hope you liked the tutorial! Please leave any comments or questions!
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Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY fabric project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.
From the top left, they are:
Wood Slice Art from Vin’yet Etc.
Ikea Bedside Table Revamp from PMQ for Two
Painting Wood Furniture from Fresh Crush
Easy Wooden Table Makeover from Woman in Real Life
Wooden Rocking Horse Upcycle from Mommyzoid
Metallic Painted Nightstand from New House New Home
Industrial Side Table from Love Create Celebrate
Wood Coffee Table Tray Gets New Makeover from Time with Thea
Paint Dipped Frame from Brooklyn Berry Designs
Giant Reclaimed Wooden Clock from an Electrical Reel from The DIY Mommy
Beach Inspired Farmhouse Dresser Upcycle from Sustain My Craft Habit
Twig Houses from Life is a Party