Since I can remember I have always wanted a round table – coffee table or hallway table but it had to be round!
My idea for our house was a round table in the centre of the entry hallway but if I did that the house wouldn’t have flowed with the overall design.
I always search Gumtree and ebay for second hand bargains and then I work out if I could use that some how in our house!
I found a round fold out dinning table for $70 off Gumtree. I thought about it for about a week and then decided I would buy it. As you know I’m slowly doing up room by room in our house and the formal lounge and formal dinning is the next stop!
I wanted a new coffee table so I took the risk and bought the table- my idea was to cut the centre down to suit and paint the base but leave the top natural.
STEP 1:- CREATE the right height…
To remove the fold out extension I unscrewed the main structure from the top and it all come out as one piece. I left the cross rails on to give extra strength to the top section.
I took the centre leg and the top ‘attachment’ piece of timber off as a whole – I needed this piece of timber to form the connection point between the table top and leg.
I used a hand saw to cut the centre leg down to the required height I was after.
STEP 2:- ATTACHING the top again….
The cross timber that attaches the leg to the table top was attached to the centre leg originally by internal bolts that were set into the top of the centre leg – I had to cut off the top of the centre leg which in turn meant that the fixing for the internal bolts was now gone.
To over come this I used screws and fixed the cross timber straight into the top of the leg.
New fixing with the screws and the old wholes from the internal bolts.
I repeated the same process and attached the cross timber to the table top using screws.
TIP:- make sure you always check the depth of your screws so you don’t go through the top of your table.
I went with the height of the table being the same as the couch height.
STEP 3:- paint or not to paint?
When I first saw this table my idea was to paint the base and sand back the top to a natural look.
I liked the dark timber but the top was damaged and it felt a little dark for the area.
STEP 4:- PROCESS I used..
I used 123 paint as my undercoat – I use this on all my furniture makeovers because it last forever. I can use a coloured paint on top! The coloured paint I used was a $2 clearance pot from bunnings- I always buy the clearance pots!
To sand the top I used two types of sand paper from Bunnings.
First – P40
Finish with P 120
Sand to your desired finish – I left some texture on it and highlights of the darker timber.
Thank you for all the love on this DIY! I will be doing a full dining set soon.