How to Create a Unique Table to Serve as a Statement Piece
The fastest way to transform any room in your home is to add a statement piece. This is where you want your guests to naturally look when they walk into the room, so you can allow surrounding items to sink into the background unnoticed. You can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on showpieces ready to display in your home without work, but you’ll appreciate your statement pieces more if you create them with your own hands. There’s immense satisfaction in walking through your home and touching beautiful items that you know were once unwanted throwaways.
You don’t need a college degree or years of construction experience to make this happen. If you have a sturdy item that you can repurpose into a tabletop and you’re willing to spend some time on the project, you can create a statement piece that you want to show off for years to come.
Select Your Table Top
The simplest option is to find an old door that you find attractive. You may not need to do much refinishing to make it attractive, and the unique design may become a focal point for your finished table. If the door doesn’t have a smooth surface, you will correct that in the finishing step of this process. For now, simply find a door or another square item of reasonable thickness for a tabletop.
Commit Your Vision to Paper (Or Screen)
Sketch your table or create an image through Photoshop or another design and editing program. Your goal is to ensure that you have an understandable guide as to the style, color and dimensions of the table. Determine where your table will sit inside your home, and then measure the area to ensure your chosen tabletop will fit into the space comfortably. You should also determine the height of the table, depending on what chairs you will use and what activities you plan to perform on the table.
Order & Attach Matching Legs
You can use old wooden posts to create homemade legs, but it’s easier to order legs that fit the style of your vision. This ensures that your table is sturdy and lives up to the design that you’re trying to create. It also saves you some time because you can buy legs already cut to your desired height and with design features that you can’t quickly create on your own.
The following basic steps will show you how to attach wooden legs to a wooden tabletop:
1. Create your skirt from 1×3 boards. These are the boards that run along the bottom of the table, boxing in the legs to keep the table sturdy. When measuring your wood, keep in mind that you will build your skirt approximately one inch in from the edge of the top, and the boards will attach to your legs in each corner.
2. Attach the legs to the skirt boards by drilling pocket holes on the ends of each board. You can then line the boards up to the table legs and screw them together.
3. Connect the table top to the skirt and legs. Single pocket holes on the inside of your skirt boards will allow you to easily make this connection.
Finish Your Table Top
If your chosen top is covered in old paint or a stain that you don’t find attractive, you may want to sand it down and apply fresh primer and paint. If you enjoy the natural beauty of wood grain, you may want to select a stain instead of paint. If your chosen tabletop is metal, you may need to repaint to achieve your vision.
You may also decide to leave your top as it is, potentially covering it with a sheet of glass to create a smooth surface. You may decide to add wooden edges or other decorative touches, depending on what you committed to paper earlier in this process. If you’re talented enough to tackle stenciling, painting or calligraphy, those art forms can add the detail that you need to create a true statement piece for your home. If you’re inexperienced, make sure to practice these artistic touches on scraps before marking on your tabletop.
These steps will guide you through the basic process of creating a table that stands out in your dining room or kitchen. You could also use the same steps to create coffee tables, nightstands and a variety of additional household items that require a tabletop and legs. If you want to learn more about furniture restoration, you can repurpose outdated furniture from your home plus an endless array of items found at auctions, yard sales and secondhand stores. It may start out old, but you can turn it into a statement piece unique to your home.