Modern Round Moon Table

9 Materials
8 Hours

I saw these beautiful dining table on pinterest for $4000-$7000 and I decided I can definitely DIY that! Here is my how to.

This is the before picture. I apologize know its a horrible picture. However, I found this table on Facebook marketplace for $40!

This is my inspiration.

I started by spray painting the bottom base part sunlit brass. It is rust-oleum from lowes.

Next I used my jigsaw to cut off the beveled border of the table. This table is solid wood, thankfully!

I tried sanding it but I was too impatient. The table had a solid few layers of finish on it.

So I applied my handy dandy paint/finish stripper. I use Citristrip from Lowes as well. After I scraped and and wash off the strip I sanded down the top of the table. I didnt bother stripping the base because I will be covering those up with dowel rods.

Next I cut 3/4 inch dowel rods down the middle so that I have half moon shaped dowels. I made sure they were cut to the size of the base of the table. Then I used my nail gun to secure them to the base.

Next I applied a white wash to the dowels and the top of the table. I used 50/50 water and white chalk paint. The white wash neutralizes the yellow in the wood.

After that dried I applied American stain over top the white wash. I made sure to wipe any excess off immediately after brushing it on.

I used the same technique to the base.

I used an old rag to wipe off any excess stain.

Then I applied clear matte polyurethane. I used two coats.

Heres the finished product!

Suggested materials:

  • Sunlit brass spray paint rust-oleum   (Lowes)
  • White chalk paint   (Lowes)
  • Jigsaw
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  • Terre Tulsiak Terre Tulsiak on Sep 27, 2021

    This looks absolutely beautiful. I would love to hear how many hours you invested- it might explain why original so costly.

  • What size dowels and how did you cut them in half?

  • Lindy Lindy on Sep 27, 2021

    Could you use half-round dowels to eliminate cutting round ones in half length wise?


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  • Lannen Lannen on Sep 27, 2021

    Very creative! Can you comment on how you cut the dowels in half without any splitting? I'd be inclined to make the project easier by trying to buy them pre-cut in half. I know you can buy half-round moulding (from any of the big box hardware stores) which would approximate the look.

    • Ispyandmodify Ispyandmodify on Sep 27, 2021

      I couldn’t find any pre-cut. I had my friend cut them on his tablesaw. That’s probably the most efficient way to do it. Yes you probably could find half round moldings but I’m not sure that you can find raw wood moldings, but if you can definitely go for that option!

  • Arline Kay Arline Kay on Sep 27, 2021

    Lovely! What about the nail heads showing through on the dowels? I can't quite see them. I presume you nailed them both top and bottom?

    • Ispyandmodify Ispyandmodify on Sep 28, 2021

      Yes I used very small nail headed nails. I used finishing nails with a nail gun. I dont think you could achieve the same results buy hammering nails