Emily / Relentless Furniture
Emily / Relentless Furniture
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  • South Milwaukee, WI

Upcycling a Round Folding Table

8 Materials
$24
4 Hours
Medium

I had a round folding table that had sturdy legs but a badly water-damaged top. I've seen a few diy tutorials that add wood to the top of folding tables to give it a more finished look and I thought that could work for this project. However, since the original tabletop was damaged, I decided to remove it completely and replace it with a brand new top.

upcycling a round folding table

Here is the original table. You can really see the damage around the edges.

upcycling a round folding table

I picked up a couple 1x10 pieces of lumber. Each piece was 8 ft long but I had Home Depot cut them down to 4 ft. I glued three of the 4ft pieces together with wood glue, clamped them together, and added some weight to keep them laying flat while the glue dried.

upcycling a round folding table

Once the glue was dry, I used a circular saw to cut the edges straight. I added wood filler to any gaps/holes and when that was dry, I sanded the entire tabletop.

upcycling a round folding table

Removing the old tabletop was easy! I just had to remove the screws that held it in place. The original table was round and had a square metal frame around the base of the legs. Since I was changing the shape and size of the top, I didn't need to use the square frame. (Any good ideas for what to do with that?)

upcycling a round folding table

I lined up the old legs on the new tabletop and started screwing in all the screws. I started out drilling pilot holes, but there are a lot of screws for these legs and I realized that they screw in fairly easily without pilot holes. So this process went quickly after I stopped all the extra drilling.

upcycling a round folding table

For the trim, I cut leftover wood into two inch strips using a table saw. I used wood glue and clamps to secure the trim in place. Once the wood glue dried, I added a few screws to each side. In this photo, you can see I was using regular silver screws, but I eventually switched them out with darker screws so they blend in with the dark stain I used.

upcycling a round folding table

I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain for a darker look. I gave the table two coats of stain and three coats of Varathane semi-gloss polyurethane.

upcycling a round folding table

Here is the finished look! I had all of the materials on hand, except for the wood, so overall, this was a fairly cheap project with an awesome result.

upcycling a round folding table


upcycling a round folding table

A gorgeous, new kitchen table!

upcycling a round folding table

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2 questions
  • Wandamurline
    8 days ago

    Are you still able to use the legs and put them up whereby you could store something like this on your garage wall and use it for special occasions when you need an additional table?

  • My dining table is made of particle board with formica type top. The top is kind of fading. How can I refurbish this table without replacing the wood. Can you give me advice about redoing this table top? I liked your project on ur table.

    • Hi Sheryl, if you don't want to remove the original tabletop, you can add a wood directly on the old particle board/formica top. You could also paint it, just make sure you use a clear topcoat to protect the paint and make it easier to clean. If you are definitely looking for a wood finish like my table, I would go with the first option of adding wood on top of the original tabletop.

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