Transform a simple wood table into a special piece by refinishing the top and legs in a number of different ways. Depending on whether you want a fun and whimsical table for the kids' playroom or a sensible and smart table for your sewing machine, consider these five very-different ways to finish and upcycle the same table:

1. Mosaic Tile Top

A simple wood table is a perfect platform for a one-of-a-kind mosaic tile top. To make your mosaic tile table:

  • Break up your ceramic or clay tiles in small pieces with a hammer.
  • Organize them into piles according to size, color, and shape.
  • Spread grout in a thin layer and set your tiles where you want them.
  • Once the grout is dry, spread grout in between and around the tile pieces. Wipe any excess with a damp sponge.
  • Allow the tile to dry for at least 24 hours.
  • Apply clear epoxy and allow to dry for another 24-48 hours, longer if the weather is damp or humid.

While these textured surfaces are not ideal for dining, they make a great porch or patio piece.

2. Chalk Paint and Decals

For something fun and whimsical, give the table a chalk paint treatment; after it is dry, apply some fun decals or vinyl letters. Give it a light sanding but know that chalk paint offers great coverage and is a very forgiving medium to work with, Make sure to never sand any item that could have potential lead paint, as it could be hazardous.

3. Acrylic Pour Paint

For something different, use an acrylic paint pour method on the tabletop. For this Pour method, you basically pour acrylic paint that has been thinned out with a special additive. The paint flows and creates its own unique, glossy pattern on the surface, resulting in a vibrant work of art.

4. Glossy Spray Paint

Give your table a quick makeover with a coat of glossy spray paint that you apply right out of the can! It helps with paint coverage to disassemble the table first and to allow it to fully dry before adding a second coat. Make sure that you only use spray paint in a very well-ventilated area or outside.

5. Professional Restoration

Finally, if you want to restore the table to its former glory, call on a professional refinisher to refinish the natural wood. You may be surprised at how beautiful the grain and color of the wood can be when professionally restored. Plus, this is most-appealing to antique buyers and dealers if you decide to sell the table later.

Give a simple, wood table a second life with one of these five finishes. To preserve the piece as heirloom furniture, have it professionally restored and brought back to its former condition and glory.

To learn more information about furniture refinishing, reach out to a professional near you.