DIY Accent Table Tutorial

Hello friends!  I have been working on updating our living space and am beyond excited to share the entire reveal with you soon!  Be sure to follow Twin Dragonfly Designs on Instagram or Facebook for sneak peeks of projects that are in the works.  

DIY Accent Table

I am absolutely thrilled with the way that this accent table turned out!
DIY Side Table

It is the perfect sofa table for our space.

DIY Target Accent Table

The entire project only cost $12!  Seriously.  $12 #forthewin!
Target has an awesome home decor section.  I love just about everything this season!  It would all look absolutely fabulous in our home.  So when I saw this black wire accent table at Target for $99 I was determined to knock it off.  

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Target also sells wire umbrella/laundry baskets for $12 – $20.  I purchased a white one and just flipped it upside down to create a table base.  Easy peasy right?

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Next I went to Home Depot to see if they could possibly cut a circle of wood for me?  Pretty please?!?  Alas they only offer straight cuts in store but the sales associate said that he had just put a set of cable spool ends in the dumpster, would they work?  Um, YEAH!!  So I took home two circles of plywood about 19.5″ in diameter for FREE.  You can find these at most home supply stores ~ just go in and ask if they have any lying around.

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I wanted a thicker look to the table top so I glued the two ends together using no more nails adhesive.  I lined up the holes in each piece of wood for a unified look.

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One of the pieces had some numbers and letters stained into the wood.  I wanted to work with that vintage feel so I added “Circa 1999” {the year Darcy and I met} and “Kelo” {the first few letters in the name of the city where we live} with black acrylic paint.

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After the paint dried I sanded the entire surface smooth.

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I was originally going to work with the natural colour of the wood which is why this photo of the clear poly top coat was taken before staining the wood.  But I wanted to share this picture with you just in case you were wondering what kind of top coat I like to use.

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I chose to stain the entire table top with a slightly red tinged stain to complement the Mid Century Danish Antique that I had found a few weeks ago.  After the stain was set I covered it with a few coats of polycrylic.  Finally I fastened the top to the wire basket using jute {strung through the holes} and all purpose glue {like E6000} underneath.

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Here you can see where the holes were lined up and where the jute was fastened.

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Darcy loves the hole in the center ~ it is perfect for putting your cup into!  Dude.  So cool.

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Take a look at our finished accent table…

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DIY Accent Table DIY Accent Table

Thanks so much for stopping by.

p.s this is my entry for CWTS at East Coast Creative.  Wish me luck! 
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  1. Rachel Rardon says

    Best moment ever: “I have some spool ends that I just put in the dumpster, will those work?!” Love it! 🙂 What are the chances of you asking that specific guy, that specific question, right after he had thrown them in the dumpster. So awesome!

  2. Nici @ Posed Perfection says

    Heather, this is such a great knock-off project! I’d love for you to link it up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop this week. It opens up at 8pm Central on Wednesday night. Hope to see you there!

  3. Jamie Koenig says

    OHH that table turned out really well. Make me one! What a unique way to use a waste bin and target has such great things. I would love for you to come link this up to our Wednesday party.

  4. Chelsea @ Making Home Base says

    This is awesome, Heather! So funny, I picked up a very similar laundry basket (on clearance for $9) yesterday with plans to do the same thing! I headed stray to Lowes and could a circle top (one of the pre-cut circle tray type boards) but it was pricey at $19. I am going to have to run in tomorrow and see if they have any cable spools. Thanks so much for sharing! I just love it 🙂

  5. MikeL says

    Nice accent table. The paint and poly and brushes, liquid nails and the caulk gun alone will run well in excess of $24 unless you just happen to have all that lying around too. Realistically, triple or quadruple the cost of this project. Basically, you need to have most of this already lying around.

  6. Dani says


    I realize I’m Commenting about a post from a couple of years ago. 🙃 I love this and am going to create a couple of this wonderful end tables. I also would love to know the brand of your couch? Strange question? That’s me. But I love the shape, depth and color/design of the fabric.

    Thank you!!


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