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Modern DIY Accent Table (Inspired by West Elm )

Modern DIY Accent Table (Inspired by West Elm )

Our Connecticut home is finally starting to take shape! Renovations are still underway and major changes continue to be made, but since many of the rooms finally have real furniture arrangements (with real furniture-wink wink), I can begin to focus on my favorite part-the details...

Because our living room feels like one of the most finished areas of the house, I decided to hone in on this space. And very quickly I realized that an accent table was needed between our two butterfly chairs (so that while lounging by the fireplace, one can rest his or her dirty martini or hot toddy somewhere). 

I've had my eyes on a few accent tables from West Elm, Houzz and Target for a while, but until recently, we had no use for them.

And instead of buying them directly from these stores (like I usually do), I decided to try something different, and used them as inspiration instead. Luckily, I was also included in a little Instagram challenge hosted by Kate from Salvage Dior, in which participants were asked to upcycle something recently thrifted... for $15 or less!

With the above tables in mind, I took a few trips to our local Goodwills and was ecstatic when I came across a wicker waste basket with a wooden bottom and rim (for a dollar!!!!!), and a wooden charger/plate (for $2!!!!). I realized that if I flipped the basket over so that the original bottom would become attached to the new top, I would achieve a similar effect to the inspiration tables. Next, I examined our garage "supply closet" to see what products we had left over from past projects (fortunately we have taken on a lot of projects, so our supplies are pretty extensive). 

For a glamorous look, I chose to use some leftover gold spray paint on the wicker base and classic black satin Minwax wood stain for the wood plate top. I coated the basket with two layers of gold paint (letting it sit outside to dry between coats). *The key is to continuously move the spray can so that globs or heavy areas don't formulate.

It was then time to sand the wood plate (this is especially important if there is glossy top coat on the original) to allow the new stain to penetrate, as well as to smooth away any imperfections like bumps or scratches in the wood. I followed this with two coats of the black stain, letting it dry inside a non-humid, air conditioned environment for a few hours in between (which is key to preventing stickiness and bubbles). 

After both pieces were completely dry, I simply added wood glue to the underside of the plate and attached it to the basket. And within a few hours, we had ourselves a custom $3 accent table!

This is definitely a project to try in your home, so I encourage you to head to the thrift store this week to see what YOU can create!

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