Friday, April 22, 2011

Make an iron and wood table in 10 minutes for free!

Seriously. I'm not kidding.  I have rearranged the living room furniture and needed a small table by my husband's chair for him to set a coffee cup, etc., so I decided to repurpose an iron outdoor table I had on the porch.

Because my father recycles and reuses everything he can find, I knew I could find a piece of wood for the top. He recently had a truck load (not kidding) of scrap wood from a building site dumped delivered here. You would have to see it to believe it:-)  So I headed to the woodshop and found the perfect piece of pine already the right size and shape. He smoothed the edges on the belt sander, then drilled two holes in the top of the iron table to secure the top.

I sanded and distressed the top even more with chains and a chisel...

I then rubbed on some Minwax dark walnut stain and finished with satin polyurethane.

For some reason, it was really shiny, not satin, so I sanded off the shine. I am going to try paste wax at some point, but didn't have any here. This is the smoothest finish I have ever achieved even on this rough, scrap wood.

So here it is...

It's just the perfect size and height to go by this chair...

I had everything I used so it really was free. I'm learning from my father...

I really wish I could remember where I got the table. I think a set of these in different sizes would be really cute. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a blessed Easter:-)

I'll be linking up to 

Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed,
Metamorphosis Monday  at Between Naps on the Porch
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
so be sure to go by there!



  1. that is awesome! I love how your little table turned out. I am a big fan of repurposing and using what we have on hand and this type of thing is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Another fabulous "Anita Original"! It came out great. Happy and Blessed Easter to you and your family. (I want to thank you for 'leading' me to Debbie and Words On Wheels.) xo, <3

  3. Your table turned out great Anita! Happy Easter Weekend:@)

  4. OH!...MY...GOODNESS!!!..Anita that is toooo cool I love it,and it looks fantastic.
    WOW!...I'm thinking this turned out so well,you will be WOWin' us with so many wonderful projects.Can't wait to see, I'm excited,looking forward to the future treasures.

    Happy Easter my friend
    Lazy on Loblolly

  5. Anita, I posted on my blog but just in case, yes-both pies can stand on their own filling w/o a crust! I need to get back on track myself with the 'no carbs', Monday for sure! xo,

  6. you're a genie, a wizard . . . a proverbs 31 woman!

  7. Anita, Wow!! You did a fabulous job finishing the wood. No one would ever know that table started out as an outdoor table. Cute table anyway, but the top makes it much better for a coffee cup.
    Wishing you and your family a very happy Easter.

  8. Love your table!! I have a wrought iron Longaberger table from the late 90's that had a cracked and broken wooden top that's since been discarded and now I know what I'm going to do with it!! Thank you so much for the inspiration and instructions, I've never redone a table.
    Have a Blessed Easter!

  9. Fabulous job Anita! Happy Easter to your and your lovely family!



  11. Hi Anita, Just returned from services and found your new post! I love the new table. The dark finish is very rich and perfect for your coffee or sweet tea. We save things too and try to reuse what we have. I hope Easter brings many blessings in the Risen Lord for you all, thank you Emelia.

  12. Great little table, Anita. We changed our family room around too recently and I had to find a small table to go at the end of the sofa in case someone needs to set a drink down.

    Happy Easter

  13. That is too cool! I hope you know your table centerpeice in your last post and Tea's post over at Foothills of the Smoky's is making me reallllly home sick!! It is the Dogwood Trail's event in Knoxville ya know.

  14. Hi Anita, You did a fabulous job.
    Happy Easter

  15. What a great idea, Anita. It really looks fabulous!. I love your living room!


  16. Hi Anita,
    You did an awesome (and earth-friendly) job on this it that you're learning to recycle from your dad...what a pair you must be!!!
    Happy Easter to everyone at your beautiful house!

  17. That is a nice looking table :o) a lovely job. Dear Anita, have a Blessed Easter weekend, and may God be with you.

  18. I'm going to be a copy cat on that one. I really like it!

    Happy Easter, Anita.

  19. Wow Anita. That looks so great. I love the distressed top. It looks like a perfect fit in your house.

  20. LOVE the table!! Great job!! Blessings~~Shine

  21. What a great table! It would have taken me longer than 10 minutes though! LOL.

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  23. Great DIY...Inspiring project..Thank you.

  24. NICE remodel... LOVE finding those items!

  25. Well, how cute is that!! This turned out beautifully! The metal legs with the distressed wood top look great together. Wish I was that handy!!!

  26. What a nice little table, the color of the wood is really beautiful!

  27. Love this-great job! Your living room is beautiful.

  28. You will use that little table in a million places. Top turned out beautiful.

  29. I love this. I saw several iron tables like this at an auction this pst weekend and was thinking indoor side tables which I need but they were to ' 'outdoorsey'. This is GREAT!! I will have to be on the look out for some more!!!