Before & After: From Plain to Simple & Scandinavian-Inspired Tripod Side Table

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What do you do when you find a sad little tripod table with potential for free by a garbage can? If you're Amanda, you take it home with you, give its top a sweet makeover and sit back to enjoy your transformed handiwork.

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From Amanda:

I came home the other day to find this rather sad little table sitting by my garbage can. She wasn't much to look at while she was sitting forlornly by my garbage cans. She brought back somewhat unpleasant memories of those deceptively wobbly tables covered in a round cloth with a piece of glass over them which were frequently placed in Church foyers, bathrooms, or nurseries. Man, as a kid, I bet I singlehandedly crashed through about eight of them. Anyway.

This one has nice metal brackets and screw-on legs, so it is actually pretty sturdy — which is good — judging by my past experience. It was also a perfect size for a bedside table, which I needed.

I wanted to go somewhat modern with some hits of Scandinavian design with creamy white and natural wood.

To start on my table, I unscrewed the legs, detached the metal brackets, and spray painted the bottom and legs white. Then I drew a hexagon on the top and back of the table. I used my compound mitre saw and cut angled pieces of lathe wood, which I nailed to the top in a geometric design using finish nails. Some wood filler and sanding and I had a rough hexagon-shaped table top. I finished the edges with iron-on wood veneer edge banding and gave it one more sanding. Danish oil was used to protect the wood and also let the natural wood grain's beauty stand out.
Find more instructions on how this table was transformed on Amanda's blog!


Thank you Amanda!

(Image credits: Amanda Youngquist)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.

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