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Turn an Inexpensive Wire Basket Into a Gorgeous DIY Table

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Anytime I can create a quick, easy and unique piece of furniture, I'm all in! It's amazing what a garden stool (or wire basket), a round pine board, some paint and screws will make. I'm so happy with how this cute little table came out. For now, I'm using it inside my living room as part of my decor (and for my son to use as a standing play table), but I plan to also use it outdoors when my husband and I entertain this summer. It's perfect for added table space to hold napkins, silverware and other entertaining items--or to hold our herb planters and flowers. The uses for this versatile table are endless!
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $20 Difficulty: Easy
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This project was so easy and quick; however, in true "Courtney fashion", I went from a simplistic vision to complicated, then back to simplistic. I started out trying to use Unicorn Spit for my paint medium on my table top, but I didn't like the way it turned out so I started over and resorted to spray paint (my favorite paint medium). I definitely want to try Unicorn Spit on another project in the future so I can't wait to figure it out and share because it's a really cool art medium. As far as your table stand, you can use any wire trash can that has a flat bottom. If you find something at a yard sale or thrift store and it needs a facelift, simply spray it with Rustoleum spray paint. In my case, I found this Chinese garden stackable stool at my local Family Dollar for $15 and I loved the finish so I didn't touch it. STEP 1: Paint table top (no photo) In the chaos of switching paint medium, I totally forgot to snap a shot of me painting my table top. With this step, the sky is the limit! You can stain, glaze, spray, or paint your table top with acrylic paint and a brush. If you decide to spray paint your table top like I did and you want it to remain outdoors, I would suggest sealing it with something like a spray top coat so that the paint stands against the elements. I ultimately moved my table indoors which is why you won't see me sealing mine in this tutorial.
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STEP 2: Drill holes Drill four (4) starter holes on the bottom of your wire basket.





  • turn an inexpensive wire basket into a gorgeous diy table, diy, how to, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
STEP 3: Attach table top Next, you'll want to center your basket on the bottom of your finished table top and attach it by drilling screws using your starter holes from the previous step. It was a little cumbersome working from the inside of the wire basket, but I made it work--in hindsight, I would have drilled my starter holes further out instead of so close to the middle of the stool/basket.
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I'm in love with this table! The table top really made the pops of gold in the wire basket stand out which made for a classy little table, if I do say so myself.
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Finally, marvel at your cute little table! It's perfect for displaying your tiki torches, herb planters, or even holding a Welcome sign by your front door. If you want to keep your table inside, it can be used to display framed photos, trinkets, or as a couch end table.


Materials I used for this project:

  • Chinese garden stackable stool   (Family Dollar)
  • Round pine table top   (Home Depot)
  • Spray paint   (Home Depot)
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  • Marsgreen7

    We love this metal basket and round wood topper.......we've made several of these before....geniuses think alike...beautiful work

  • Linda Abate
    Linda Abate Nashua, NH

    Absolutely love this side table. It is a great size and could be used inside or outside. Would love a couple of these in my bedroom and on my deck. Great job.

  • Glorus42

    Am I missing something? Wouldn't this turn over easily if you set a plate or coffee mug along the edge or anything pretty much except perhaps for picture frames or very lightweight items?

    • Rob & Courtney M, Hometalk Team
      Rob & Courtney M,... Mastic Beach, NY

      I think as long as weight is distributed evenly on the top, anything heavier than a picture frame would be fine. As you can see in one of the pictures, I have a clay pot and a wine bottle tiki torch on top with no problem.

  • Phyllis Williams

    Don't use edge.

  • Mary
    Mary Maple Park, IL

    Super cute! Love it! Thank you for sharing!!!! :)

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