Refurbished round table with stenciled table top

Sometimes my favorite projects come from the least expected places. A few months ago I found this laminate and oak table in the road outside of our house. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but when David got home and asked if I saw the table outside, we decided to go check it out. We weren’t sure about it, but we pulled it into the garage anyway and forgot about it for a few months.

Want to know the best part? It was basically free! I bought white paint for this and a few other projects, but other than that, we had everything on hand!
Read on to see how we did it!
I primed the table a few weeks ago while I had the primer out and filled the holes with wood filler. Last weekend, David was playing around with a few pieces of scrap wood and found some crown molding that we purchased (from Habitat Restore) for another project, but didn’t end up using. It fit PERFECTLY between the existing legs for a seamless transition. It’s like it was made to go there! David cut it to size and cut a notch in the top for the existing tabletop mount to attach to. You can only see it when you are under the table, so we weren’t worried about covering it up.
We put wood glue on the edges of the crown molding and secured it to the base with small nails.

To finish the base, we freehanded a corbel out of a 1×6 and then traced three more. David cut them out with the jigsaw and we attached them to the base with wood glue and finishing nails. We then filled in all of the cracks/seams and nail holes with wood filler.

After sanding and wiping down with a microfiber cloth I used my favorite primer, Zinsser Cover Stain. It sticks to glossy surfaces (though it is best to sand first) and it is SUPER durable!! I used two coats on everything and three on the top for extra durability. It is oil-based, so that means it’s stinky and the brushes need to be cleaned with mineral spirits (or use cheap ones that can be tossed).

I finished with two coats SW Pro-Classic in Alabaster, a light creamy white.

We created a stencil in Illustrator and cut it on our Silhouette Cameo and stenciled it with a light gray. Since the top is laminate and it will get a lot of use, I decided to add a few coats of water-based polyurethane. Oil-based poly will yellow overtime on light surfaces, so water-based is best for white paint.

It is the perfect addition to our office! Extra work and dining space. It isn’t too large or small and the round size makes it easy to move around.

Notice something else?? We also finally finished the other Eames chair!!! Tutorial a little later 🙂 I’m planning to put a few of the chairs that I recently found, once I refinish them.

I love love love the new table base! It makes to look so much more expensive!

I was originally planning to paint the top in a bolder color/pattern, but I think the simplicity and low contrast works well with the other colors and patterns in the room.

Finally, I created a few prints using text and got them printed as Engineering prints at Staples. The quality is similar to a laser printer (so so quality), but a $1 something each is such an affordable option for large scale prints!

Ahh SO much better!! Have you used crown molding in an unconventional way too? I’m officially obsessed and will be looking for more project ideas using it!


  • Table: roadside find, but craigslist and goodwill would be good places to look
  • Crown Molding: Habitat Restore (about .50 a foot)
  • Primer: Zinsser Cover Stain, oil based, Home Depot
  • Paint: Sherwin Williams Pro Classic
  • Poly: Minewax Water based, Home Depot
  • Stencil: Made by me
  • Frames: Ikea Ribba

The office/living room is almost done, then I’ll post more pics showing the whole space!

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