Upcycled Wooden Table

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Upcycled Wooden TableI got this table for free and upcycled it for about $5. (I already had basic supplies of paint, brushes, stain, varnish, and sandpaper. The only things I purchased was the vinyl and a small bottle of acrylic craft paint.) The top was not wood, but the legs of the table were, so I decided to do a combination of wood, paint, and vinyl for the top. It turned out rather unique!


Total Time: 15 hours

Yield: 1



  1. Using a power sander, sand the top of the table.
  2. Upcycled Wooden Table - sanded top
    Upcycled Wooden Table - table top
  3. Using sand paper, I sanded the legs and the two designs on each side of the table. This is the part which took several hours. The sides underneath the rim of the table were in good condition, so I left them the original dark color.
  4. Upcycled Wooden Table - table leg before sanding
    Upcycled Wooden Table - sanded legs
    Upcycled Wooden Table - top and legs after sanding complete
  5. After it was all sanded, I painted the rim and top of the table and the two decorative parts. Then, I stained the legs.
  6. Upcycled Wooden Table - painting the table top
    Upcycled Wooden Table - painting decorative part on side
    Upcycled Wooden Table - pink top edge and pale green top

  7. Allow at least 24 hours for the paint and stain to dry, then varnish.
  8. Upcycled Wooden Table - staining legs
  9. For the decorative vinyl on top, I printed a template from the computer and taped it together. To make it wider, I did this step twice and taped the pieces together. Using the pattern, I traced around the edges of the template onto the vinyl, cut it out, and placed it on top of the table.
  10. Upcycled Wooden Table - printed template and initial vinyl cutout
    Upcycled Wooden Table - expanded vinyl cutout
    Upcycled Wooden Table - applying the vinyl
    Upcycled Wooden Table - finished table

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