Replacing patio tabletop.

by Wen
Any suggestions of what we can put in as a tabletop for our patio table?
The glass shattered out of the top of patio table after a hail storm.
  37 answers
  • Diane Wentzel Schukar Diane Wentzel Schukar on Jun 08, 2016
    I had the same thing happen to mine. I live in WA state and found a good sized chunk of butcher block works great! Gives weight to it, so the wind doesn't catch it. It looks great and I notice that plastic table clothes hold well to it.
  • William William on Jun 08, 2016
    I would replace it with wood. You can stain, tile, paint, decoupage, Mod Podge, Unicorn Spit, etc., it. Post what you here with photos. Good luck.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jun 08, 2016
    I had some clumsy contractors who accidentally broke my table top and I just ordered a replacement table. I wish I would have thought to do the wooden top like the others here suggested!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 08, 2016
    You can also find discounted ceramic tiles.This happened where I was employed and in order to not take a total wipe out on a sale I found tiles for the customer that fit right in. Just a different approach. Of course you will have to bring them inside during the winter.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 09, 2016
    Plexiglass would work great and it would not cost so much. It may scratch up a little, but you can always use a tablecloth on it. If you are good at woodcutting, fitting it with deck planks...maybe cedar...would be nice!
  • Pam Jones Williams Pam Jones Williams on Jun 09, 2016
    What about some of those cute plastic trays IKEA has like the cafeteria type? They have several patterned ones. Or making a tray type inset using a pallet, then you could lift it out and change things as you wanted? Even merging both ideas, making the inset then dropping in whatever works for the season
  • Linda O'Neill Coggins Linda O'Neill Coggins on Jun 09, 2016
    If you still want the see-thru look you could always use Plexiglas.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jun 09, 2016
    You can consider metal mesh. They sell sheets of various size and patterns to cover radiators, etc. You can simply put some wood stripping, molding, coving around edges to cover the edge if rough. Can be painted easily with spray paint to any color you wish.
  • Margarita Margarita on Jun 09, 2016
    I have the same problem. The glass top of my table shattered and I was going to throw it out, but now I may not. Instead, I am going to use cardboard to make a template for it. I will then use some nice wood or tiles (over plywood). I'll even spray paint the metal part for a whole new look. Great idea, ladies. Thank you.
  • Dou6927825 Dou6927825 on Jun 09, 2016
    We put balu slates on ours
  • Sally Tucker Sally Tucker on Jun 09, 2016
    Install backer board, tiles or glass mosaic with mortar and grout.
  • MaryJane MaryJane on Jun 09, 2016
    I would have a circle cut out of wood. Cover it with polish stones, gluing them down on the wood. Also some 1" doweling cut to about 1 1/2 " ( 8 to 12 of them). Paint brown and stand them upward to stabilize a piece of Plexiglas. Set P. glass over the stones. The dowels will keep the glass level. 1 1/2' should be taller than and stones. Or lay some stones out and judge the size to cut your dowel pieces. Might be less than 1 1/2". Cork slices could look cute too! I don't know how big your table is. Also pennies would patina over time and you may not need the plex-glass.
  • Myriam Drachman Correa Myriam Drachman Correa on Jun 09, 2016
    We had the same problem with the glass top, so my husband covered a piece of plywood with colored tiles
  • Joanna Joanna on Jun 09, 2016
    Have a piece of plywood cut to fit your table and be sure to seal it well. If you use a tablecloth you won't have to worry about using tiles etc. Just be sure to cover it well when it's not in use --to prevent warping from rain, snow. You could also sand the wood very well and use a nice stain if you don't want to always use a tablecloth.
  • Melinda Melinda on Jun 09, 2016
    After coming up with an appropriate size piece of wood to become the table top, cover it (staple gun) with oil cloth. There are delightful prints to choose from. In stores on rolls, usually 56" or 58" wide, and only about $4 a yard.
  • Ang6697298 Ang6697298 on Jun 09, 2016
    Have an old set of china you don't use? Wrap each piece in an old towel or cloth and break it into pieces with a hammer. Glue it to plywood to fit your table. Best to use glass glue from a hobby shop and then fill in top with sanded grout.
  • Krista Beck Krista Beck on Jun 09, 2016
    I had the exact same thing happen. My plan is to have plywood cut to fit and then decoupage pages from books onto it, then seal it.
  • Teresa Teresa on Jun 09, 2016
    I have a fun idea but you will have to go to the home improvement store to get a little help. Do you like the look of concrete? First you need to know the size of the table you want. Then find some one in the wood department to cut a thin sheet of plywood let them know what you are doing and see if there is any one that knows about concrete backer board it weather poof you can stain it but its brittle so the wood you use needs to support it. they can cut both of the products and suggest stains and even concrete paint or sealer if you want. Talk it over with some one I have found a local home improvement store in town that really helps with ideas have helped me out a lot. Hope it helps Teresa
  • Linda Johnson Linda Johnson on Jun 09, 2016
    My husband cut a piece of plywood for the top of our neighbors table just like this one. It was exterior plywood and he put an exterior finish on it. Worked great. She is a senior citizen and loves it. It's easy to care for and use. She doesn't have to worry about it breaking, either.
  • Cindi Cindi on Jun 09, 2016
    Cut a piece of wood to fit, and mosaic it. You can get mosaic tiles attached to mesh at any home improvement store, which would be the easiest, but not the cheapest. You can break china to mosaic. What I use to mosaic everything though is crash glass. Sponge on some random colors onto the wood, sprinkle different colors of glitter, and glue on the glass, the bigger chunks work best. Just get some tempered glass, fairly inexpensive, put it in a plastic bag, or on a box, tip it on end, and hit the corner with a hammer. It shatters, and some pieces stay together in "chunks" and some are smaller, then grout it. You can also put a layer of polyurethane over it to smooth it all out. Beautiful. It's a little work, but well worth it. Don't use glass cleaner if you use the Poly though, it turns it all foggy, I learned that from experience. Oh yeah, you can also use Unicorn Spit if you don't want the trouble of mosaic. Get a piece of wood with some nice grain. I think it's pretty easy, although I've never used it myself, but the result is gorgeous. You'd still have to lacquer it or something for the weather.
  • Sharon Andruniak Sharon Andruniak on Jun 09, 2016
    I Canada we no longer have pennies and I saw the best idea, they cut a piece of plywood the size of the table , arranged pennies over it, heads up and maybe on tail up, then used self levelling varnish to cover it. Was very cool.
  • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Jun 09, 2016
    Love these ideas I cannot wait to start work, thanks for all the shares.
  • Carol Roddy Carol Roddy on Jun 09, 2016
    Try a Habitat Restore (not sure if you have them or not) Anyway, they get all kinds of used counter tops, cabinets etc. I was thinking a previous used counter top OR sometimes big box stores they sell remnants. Good luck.
  • Lg05449077 Lg05449077 on Jun 09, 2016
    Get a granite remnant cut for it.
  • JOHN JOHN on Jun 09, 2016
    use deck boards for a rustic look
  • Vicki Roehrig Vicki Roehrig on Jun 09, 2016
    or cut a sheet of plywood any size you would like . Attach it to the base of the table and then tile and grout it ! Heavy & sturdy enough to withstand the sun and wind. And it's fun to do with so many different ideas!
  • Madolyn Madolyn on Jun 09, 2016
    We replaced a shattered glass picnic table w/plywood and then added 3 in. tiles on top and grouted. It was very heavy, very, wanted to use real small square tiles, but was outvoted.
  • Susan McAuliffe Susan McAuliffe on Jun 09, 2016
    Plexiglas cut to size worked well for my son and family.
  • Jdb5231995 Jdb5231995 on Jun 10, 2016
    Ours also shattered. Now we are in the process of doing a mosaic top. Hubby cut 1/2 inch plywood with jigsaw corners. Then he used thin set and screws to put cement board on top. Now it's over to me to do the tiling. I still have to pick out the larger tiles, I have the smaller pieces already for the middle.
  • Lalybelle Lalybelle on Jun 10, 2016
    I love the mixed metal with wood look that is so popular now. How about spray painting your legs in black, then using deck boards as JOHN suggested. I used old fence boards, which look fabulous, but needed to be sanded (and sanded) then sealed. I used a plywood base and spray painted it in satin enamel grey, then attached the fence boards. so far, so good!
  • Tonia Tonia on Jun 10, 2016
    When ours broke in a wind storm we replaced it with expanded steel. This allows water to pass through but the holes are close enough together that plates and glasses are stable.
  • Marjorie J. Benke Marjorie J. Benke on Jun 10, 2016
    MB Evansville,IN If you can obtain a large old plastic office chair mat used in offices for desk chairs to roll easily on, it can be cut to shape of table tob! It is waterproof so no need to worry about warping as plywood will if it gets rained on.
  • Kari Roberts Kari Roberts on Jun 10, 2016
    Cut a piece of ply wood paint a bright color then design a mandala in pencil and fill design with different colors of acrylic paint. Then clear coat with a water proof sealant.
  • Linda Johnson Linda Johnson on Jun 12, 2016
    We cut an exterior plywood top and put it inside the frame, after painting it. Then we built a white cedar top that rests on it. (Stained with Super Deck - Cedar color. I've attached a picture of the top, we just stained.) This top just rests over the frame & can be taken off and stored for the winter weather. You can see this project and more at:
  • Daw3000588 Daw3000588 on Jun 12, 2016
    How about using marine plywood and tile over it.
  • Tonia Tonia on Jun 13, 2016
    Ours was just under $30.
    • JOHN JOHN on Jun 14, 2016
      @Tonia that is a great price. I figured it'd be a lot more.
  • Tonia Tonia on Jun 14, 2016
    It depends on how big your table is and what gauge of steel you buy. It runs $30 - $70 for a 4' sheet