People are often getting rid of mirrors or pieces of glass for cheap or free. I had a piece of glass that came on top of an old coffee table that I took the legs from to turn into a console. See that project here.
I almost didn’t take the glass when I bought the coffee table, but I’m so glad I did. I’ve been wanting to make a coffee table with a cube-like base for awhile now, and realized that I could use this piece of glass as the top.
- Glass top
- Four 2″ x 2″ x 8′
- Wood Glue
- Kreg Jig and Screws
STEP 1: PLAN, CUT AND SAND
The measurements will differ depending on the size of your glass top. It helps to sketch out and label the lengths of each piece. Before you cut, keep reading through the next step to make sure you’re making the right sized cuts.
The two longer lengths make up the top and bottom squares of the table and the shortest pieces are the four legs. After you cut, lay the longer boards on the glass to make sure that your dimensions are correct. Sand and wipe down.
STEP 2: CONNECT ALL THE BOARDS
I built the top and bottom squares first, not thinking ahead. When you do it this way, you end up seeing the pocket holes on the legs.
If you are building a table where you are just building a square top with four legs (not have a square on the floor as well), you are fine to do it this way, because the pocket holes will be towards the top of your table and not overly visible. BUT, when you’re building a square-based prism shape, you need to pay attention to where your pocket holes are. The way you SHOULD build this kind of table is by making the right and left rectangles first, then connecting the 4 longest boards at the end.
Don’t forget to use wood glue at the joints. I’ve always had amazing results with the Elmer’s wood glue. Find it on Amazon here.
Drilling pocket holes and screwing in the screws is another part where kids can help. I love when they ask to help…it teaches them skills that they’ll need when they’re adults.
STEP 3: TOUCH-UPS
Sand down all corner areas to make them flush with each other. Fill in any spaces or holes with caulking.
I had to fill the pocket holes on the legs, so I used pocket hole plugs and sanded them down. Just in case you ever find yourself in this situation…
Or, anytime you have a project where your pocket holes will show, you can fix that using these plugs. Find them on Amazon here.
STEP 4: PAINT
I wanted to use mirror effect spray paint. Since spray paint is so much more expensive than regular paint, I had the goal of only using 1 can of it. To help with this, I painted the whole thing gray first, using a brush and roller. This helps with coverage. The technique I use to keep the paint flat and without brush strokes is explained in my refinished accent table post.
I only did one coat, then applied the spray paint.
I don’t love Valspar spray paint, but Rustoleum didn’t have a mirror-like spray paint in the hardware store I went to. I just went to Amazon and saw that they actually do have a spray paint by Rustoleum. You can see it here. Really wish I would’ve known this existed, I’d have ordered it and waited. Why? Every time I use Valspar I have to be so so careful to not get drips; Rustoleum just goes on more smoothly and is much easier to use.
STEP 5: SPRAY PROTECTIVE COAT
This is sooooo much easier than applying any kind of poly to protect. I use it on so many things. Rustoleum is my favorite spray paint brand by far. Find the protective spray paint from Amazon here.
STEP 6: STICK ON BUMPERS AND PLACE GLASS
I wasn’t sure what I’d find in terms of something to put between the wood and glass. I went to the section of the hardware store that has furniture bumpers and found these square ones.
They have round ones, too, but I felt like these were perfect for a square-shaped table. They are stickers, so just stick them onto the wood, then center the glass, clean it, and you’re done!
Here is the finished product…
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