Sofa table makeover


I want to redo this sofa table with a white washed look. However, the glass on both of the shelves is missing. I don’t want to replace it with glass because of the expense. Any other suggestions? I would like to use wood, but I’m concerned that wood inlays won’t look so good on the top because of the middle divider. Any suggestions please?

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  • You can cut board to fit into the gaps and paint them the same as the base. Or you can have a new piece of wood that will sit on the top.

    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 03, 2020

      Yes, a new board on the top is an idea to consider. Thanks!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 03, 2020

    Very nice table!

    You could white wash as you indicated and for the top you could cut 2 pieces of wood to fit, then put a wood transfer design on top of the new pieces. Take a look here for Iron Orchid Design and transfers, they also offer a tutorial:

    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 03, 2020

      Thanks for your quick response. Your wood transfer idea is great. It also made me think of stencils. I think I’m on the right track now. Thank you!

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Dec 03, 2020

    Hi Nancy, perhaps you can consider making a whole new top rather than two inlays. You can white wash the legs and frame and stain the new top a dark color

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Dec 03, 2020

    you could replace the top with recycled wood in different shades, fabric mounted to a board- here is more info for you


    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 03, 2020

      The site you directed me to is amazing! Thank you!

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Dec 03, 2020

    I think wood inlays would work just fine. Give the table the white washed look and stain the pieces of wood for a nice contrast.

    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 03, 2020

      I love that look.... seen it many times on Flea Market Flip. Thanks!

  • If you don't want the wood, why not make a mosaic for each side with tiles or old dishes?

  • Michelle Michelle on Dec 03, 2020

    You could cast a resin top . Use the marbelizing technique or put pretty rocks, etc in .

    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 03, 2020

      One day I would love to try resin for something. I have some of the Hometalk projects saved. I love the process. Thanks!

  • J Brown J Brown on Dec 03, 2020

    The middle divider can be removed and reattached lower working as a support. I did this with a square coffee table that had the old glass inserts and put in tiles

  • on Dec 03, 2020

    Could you leave the bottom space empty? One less thing to dust! Or cover a piece of wood with marble look contact paper (it can be pretty convincing!).

    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 03, 2020

      Thanks for your thoughts. I do need the extra shelf space though.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 03, 2020

    You can go with tile but I don't think the divider would cause a problem with wood. Consider cutting the wood at an angle so that you have a herringbone pattern and the divider will look more natural. You might also go with a different finish on the inlays. Then it will look more purposeful. If you have artistic or find a pretty stencil, you could go that route on the inlays and give it a framed appearance.

  • Judy in Canton. Judy in Canton. on Dec 03, 2020

    make squares from plywood and cover with faux leather. Since you are planning to white wash the table consider a black leather top. Have fun you have many options.

    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 03, 2020

      I do have many options. Leather would be pretty, but I’m going beachy. Thanks!

  • Get some plywood and cut it to fit and then paint it or do a chalk paint finish on it.

    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 03, 2020

      I’m thinking about having wood cut to fit. Thanks!

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 03, 2020

    Stone is commonly used in outdoor tabletops, such as patio furniture, and it offers durability and a rustic look that is very appealing to many people. Marble is frequently used both indoors and outdoors as a tabletop replacement. You can paint the stone to match any pattern or color scheme, which is a benefit over glass since glass tabletops are typically clear and not decorated or modified much. Stone is a more expensive option, but its durability means it can last for years because stone won't shatter.

    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 03, 2020

      Love the idea of stone, however, I’m going for more of a beachy look. Thanks!

  • Donna Donna on Dec 03, 2020

    Chicken wire. Two pieces for each. Then add photographs, prints, art etc. You can change them out whenever I want

    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 04, 2020

      Thanks Donna. I think I know what I’m going to do now.

  • Janice Janice on Dec 03, 2020

    You can have tile cut to the size of the openings in the top of your table. This works great as you can place hot or cold drink mugs/glasses without fear of ruining wood or painted wood.

    • Nancy Nancy on Dec 04, 2020

      Thanks Janice, I think I know what I’m going to do now.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Dec 04, 2020

    I would cover the whole thing with boards. Measure 1x6 boards to the length you want and nail it to the top of the table. Sand the boards then white wash them with white paint. You may even want to stain the boards first, let them dry then white wash it so the dark stain comes through in places.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Dec 04, 2020

    Hello. I would use wood and paint it whitewashed too.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Dec 05, 2020

    Hi! We recently had beveled glass shelves cut by a local merchant, and they were perfect size (you can also do a template from cardboard), and not as expensive as I had thought. If that is out of your budget, you could put a sheet of good quality plywood cut to size, and have a solid top. I redid a small table with a piece of galvanized metal for the top, and although everyone told me it wouldn't work, I use it every day and it works great! Good luck and stay safe!

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  • If you're planning on painting the table, inset some nice wood. You can paint that wood, do a mosaic, stencil it, stain it -- use the search bar at the top left for table ideas and you'll get a gazillion back.

  • Betsy Betsy on Dec 22, 2020

    Hi Nancy: Have you considered a couple thick pieces of acrylic? I have a table similar to yours and when the glass broke, I had some acrylic sheets, about 1/8" thick, cut to size and it works great. My pieces are smaller, maybe 2' x2', so yours may have to be a bit thicker. Good luck

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 17, 2021

    I've done makeovers on these and you can use 1/4" plywood cut to fill in the missing glass pieces and then cover those with vinyl print, heavy duty countertop contact paper, or you can paint them with epoxy paint and even do a speciatly technique on the panels such as crackle or striation.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jun 23, 2021

    Put glass tile large pieces there is some pretty pieces go to Home Depot you could even put floor tiles as long as you like the look I think it will look nice