Turn a Folding Table Into a Dining Table!

12 Materials
2 Hours

If you have a banquet-style folding table lying around you can take it and turn it into a nice-looking dining table. An inexpensive alternative to purchasing a plank-style industrial dining table.

I found this table online for over $3,000. To me, it kind-of just looks like a folding table, so I thought I'd try to create one out of a folding table we already had. It only ended up costing me $45!

This is what I started with. Basic folding table.

Start by turning the table upside down and spray painting the legs. First, remove feet (unless you want them the same color as the legs). I used Rustoleum Metallic Flat Soft Iron for the legs, then 2 different colors of gold craft paint for the feet.

These are the 2 that I used. 2 coats of the one on the left, then a light coat of the one on the right to brighten it up a bit. Just use a little paint brush to apply.

I started with three 1"x12"x8' boards and cut a foot off each one to make a 7-foot table. Cut, sand, and attach boards to each other using a Kreg Jig. (If you're not going to move the table around much, you might be able to attach just using Liquid Nails).

To give the edges more dimension, attach 1x2s around the entire perimeter of the bottom of the table, cutting 45-degree angles at each corner.

Clamp into place, drill holes using a countersinking bit, then add screws.

Place newly constructed top on the folding table. Attach with Liquid Nails.

My husband was worried that the Liquid Nails wouldn't hold, so he volunteered do drill holes and put screws through the folding table into the table top. Can't say if this is necessary or not, but doesn't hurt to make sure.

Before staining, wipe entire tabletop with wood conditioner (follow instructions on the can) Stain or paint the top. This table is a combination of stain and dry brushing.
Top with a few coats of finishing wax.

For more project details and pictures and for a tutorial on how to get the finish seen here, visit: http://www.finditfixitorbuildit.com/turn-a-folding-table-into-a-dining-table/

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  • Bink
    on Feb 18, 2019

    I think it still looks like a regular folding table. Where on earth did you find a table that looks just like "this" for $3,000 ????

    • Lisa
      on May 21, 2020

      It looks just like the $3,000 table she was trying to copy. I think you did a great job! I love it!

  • Jackie Winston
    on Feb 18, 2019

    Why attach the wood tabletop to the folding table? Why not just cut out a thin rubber underlayment or velcro to lay underneath the top to prevent it from moving or sliding around while using it? That way, the table stays portable. I agree with the other comment that although the folding table looks much improved, it does still look like a folding table. It is still a great idea and looks great under certain circumstances.

  • I love the stain on the table, but would like to see it shown off to it's best advantage with some real bonafide legs, and not the folding framework.

    I agree with the metal chairs too, but hey, you did a great job, and how boring would it be if we all liked the same things?

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  • SnowKnitty
    on May 20, 2020

    Kudos! This is an awesome idea. It's inexpensive, easy to implement, and looks really good. I would remove the rubber caps and replace them with metal flanges. These can be pricey at nearly $10/piece so shop around! However, I feel the rubber caps detract and the flanges would complete the industrial look. Your table legs won't be threaded at the bottom to receive the flanges. But you can simply use clear Liquid Nails or similar glue to attach them.

  • Lenore
    on May 21, 2020

    this gave me away to fix a badly looking table I have thank you so very much.

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