Gold & Herringbone-What Could Be Better?

Here’s another tale about tables in the family room.  Apparently I can’t get enough tables.  But this change was prompted by Ben.  Whenever he wore cargo pants, the pocket caught on this little table.  Thus resulting in knocking over my succulent at least three times.  Until the gold pot shattered.  Time for a change.


My small table buying habit came in handy this time.  An old, boring black Target table sat in the entry.  A round table with heavy base should be okay, right?  But it was ho-hum.  So what’s a girl to do?  Pull out the gold spray paint and go to town, that’s what.


Why stop at gold when herringbone would make it even better?  So I got thin poplar strips and cut into 1 by 4 1/2 inch strips.


You can find poplar at Home Depot or balsa and basswood at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby, if you’re interested.  To start on the herringbone pattern, I used a tray with a square corner to guide my starter strips.


I started with wood glue over the old top and let these two pieces dry.


With the starter strips dry, I easily lined up the rest of the rows.


With the entire top covered (I used Liquid Nails for the edge pieces), I taped around the outer line to reduce wood splitting and chips.  After testing a hack saw, I used a sharp utility knife to cut follow the round top.


For a clean edge, I glued on birch wood veneer.  Two quick coats of Polycrylic and here she is today:


A mix of shiny metal and warm wood to liven up this little corner.


It’s not perfect, but it makes me smile.


And ties in perfectly with our fall color scheme and decor.


But it can work in year round.  If I change my mind, I can give it a quick coat of spray paint, too.  What do you think of this quick and cheap makeover?

18 thoughts on “Gold & Herringbone-What Could Be Better?

  1. Love how this room is coming along, but that rug has got to go! I love for awesome deals, they always have huge sales.

    1. Thanks, Allie! I agree about the rug, too. Ben and I just have such a hard time agreeing on one. Hopefully we’ll find something to add pattern and color. If you have any favorite rugs, I’d love to see the links. 🙂


    1. Hey Jackie!

      Thank you so, so much for your super sweet compliments! I think I’ll leave it natural for now because I can always paint it later. And I’m sure eventually that’ll happen because I change my mind so often. And I LOVE the look of the table you linked. So much character!


  2. Wow, i think you’re table turned out great! I love your herringbone design, that is so creative! Beautiful work and you make it look easy, thanks!

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