Two Tier Table Transformation


Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

This project came to me by way of my sister.  She picked up this cute little table for $2.50 at a thrift store but didn’t know quite what to do with him and since she has a real job she handed it off to me. 

I know it’s an antique, a table Grandma would have loved but it really is kind of odd.  While he had  nice legs, the top tier, the one that you would put all your stuff on…the lamp, the glass, the pictures of all the kids…is the smallest tier, only about 12 inches.  (I apologize in advance for anyone who has this table in their home.)  It’s sort of shaped like a tiered wedding cake.

Since it wasn’t my grandmas, and it did have a lot of scratches, I had no hesitations about ripping this thing apart and making it more useful.

Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

I could have used the middle tier as my table top, but I decided to get rid of the scalloped edges and I just happened to have this table round  on hand that I had picked up for another project. I had pulled the  finial off my deck last year.

If you do have some of these finials make sure you save them.  They make great feet for stools and coffee tables.

Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

The top tier pulled out of the base with very little effort.
Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

Each of the spindle pieces were attached to the tabletops by four screws.
Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

After removing the tabletop from the middle tier  I was left with a nice sized gap.

This is where I needed my finial. If cut down, the finial has a base that would fit perfectly in the opening.
Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

The finial is cut but still needs to have those freshly cut edges sanded and a hole drilled large enough to hold the interior dowel.
Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

Wood glue holds the finial and dowel together.  I filled in that little gap above the finial with paintable caulk.

Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

Sand the tabletop well.

I stained just the edges of my tabletop with a dark walnut stain then the entire table was painted with a light grey/beige chalk paint.

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Sanded all the edges revealing the nice dark wood on the legs and the stained edge of the top.

Applied two coats of a clear wax to finish.

Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

Here you can see the edges of the stained tabletop edges.

Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

Converted two tier table chalk paint diy

I kept the tabletop small  (18 in.) so I didn’t overwhelm the thin legs but it is now large enough to hold the lamp, a glass and a photo or two.  Stay tuned, I do have a plan for the upper tier.

Have a great weekend, stay inspired.

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3 Comments

  • What a transformation! I like it!

  • David Jackson says:

    I would like to ask a favor of you. I am a devoted fan and enjoy all your transformations, and I purchased some wooden tubes 16″ x 2 1/2″. There is metal band around the bottom and some of the tops have are painted. Would you mind me sending a picture and you giving me suggestions?

    • Joan says:

      You can always send pictures and maybe something will come to me. A lot of times I’ll sit and stew on a project, sometimes months, before I know it’s the perfect project. Never know unless you try.