Recycling and upcycling aren’t just great for the environment; they’re often the best way to breathe new life into your Wasilla home. Recovering old couches, transforming that old t-shirt collection into a comfy quilt, and even using old carpeting as dog beds are all great ways to save a few bucks – and enhance the comfort of your home.
And, if you’re looking for a snazzy way to upcycle an old coffee table (rather than hauling it to the charity shop), you’re in luck. By cutting that table in half, you can create two bedside tables for an elegant or crafty appeal.
What You Need – In addition to the old table, you’ll need a drill, table saw, sanding pads, paint, wood screws, wooden trim to make a wall cleat, and – very definitely – a table measure.
Measure, Measure, Measure – This project involves cutting a coffee table into two equal pieces. That leaves just two legs which can’t support each side table on their own. You’ll need a cleat on the wall that the table can be affixed to for support – and that means you’ll need to do plenty of measuring and planning. Work though the project on paper before gathering your equipment. Find a walkthrough of the process at HGTV.
Set Aside a Day – The longest part of the process is likely to be the planning stage, as you’ll need to do a lot of measuring. Once you have a plan of action, it shouldn’t take more than an hour to cut and prepare the table – as well as the wall support. Once the paint (or varnish) dries, it should take less than 30 minutes to install the table – but you’ll need about a day for that paint to dry.
Safety First – Although you may install your new tables in a kid’s room, that doesn’t mean this is a project for kids. Younger kids will probably only be able to pick the paint color whereas older children may be able to help with manual sanding and painting. But whoever works on this upcycling project will need to ensure safety measures are followed – and the first aid kit is well stocked first.
Photo courtesy of HGTV