If you had told me when I was in Interior Design school that I would one day make a DIY Mid Century Modern inspired side table from two lamp shades I would have laughed and told you we would both be crazy!
This week we are busy around our house finishing up a renovation project of a mid century modern inspired entry for the One Room Challenge©. One of the small projects I completed for this challenge is a unique side table I built from two very unlikely items. Continue reading to see how I made a one of a kind DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Side Table for our entry.
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This post is part of the ‘Do It Over’ Designers link party. A group of designers who take something old and/or unused and ‘do it over’ into something new. These items can be found in closets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it!
Turning a thrift store find in to a one of a kind table.
When my husband and I finally started the long awaited renovation project for our entryway, I had in mind to find a small table or plant stand to sit beside the mid century Tulip chair I had already purchased at a thrift store. I have a weakness for mid-century chairs and will snatch them up immediately in a thrift store even if I don’t have a place to put them at the time.
To create a cozy little reading spot in the entry, the Tulip chair needed a companion table.
In a local boutique store, I had seen a small table made from a lampshade frame and a circle of wood and I thought it would be perfect for the little corner vignette in the entry. When I went to purchase the table, the vendor had closed shop on her booth and the tables were gone!
Finding no other affordable options, I decided to try and make one of my own.
For weeks, I browsed one thrift store after another, and couldn’t find a thrifted lampshade with the right shape or height anywhere. Online shopping for table options just lead to more expensive tables that were also too big, or the price was right but the wrong look.
Determination kept me returning to different thrift stores as the weeks continued, searching for just the right table that was going to magically be waiting for me.
It was actually my husband who found an unlikely but brilliant solution for the table I was envisioning.
At one of our shopping trips together, he pulled out these two metal lampshades and brought them to me.
“If we turn these two lamps shades upside down and connect them together do you think this would work?” he asked as he held up the two lamps shades together.
The minute he held up what looked like the classic mid century hourglass shape created by connecting the two metal lampshades together, I saw the true vision for this table.
Have I mentioned yet how much I love how much this man of mine has embraced mid century modern style?
Taking those two metal lampshades, which only cost $4.99 for the set, we were able to create a unique DIY mid century modern inspired side table for our entry makeover.
At first I was going to glue the two lampshades together using E6000 glue, but my husband took them to the garage and quickly welded them together the same day we brought them home. That part I really didn’t get a chance to photograph but this is what he brought back to me to work with.
Spray paint is obviously the easiest choice to cover all of the links and chains of a metal lampshade so I spent an afternoon applying several coats of Rust-Oleum UltraCover in Rustic Orange in Satin.
For the top and the base of this DIY side table, I purchased two round wood cutouts from Michaels. One is 8″ for the base and the top one is 12″.
Each wood circle cutout was sanded down with an orbital sander and hand sanded, and then given five coats of Varathane Wood Stain in Red Chestnut. Once it dried overnight, then four layers of Minwax Polycrylic Semi-gloss top coat. This took a couple of days to complete of course.
After allowing it to fully dry for 24 hours, it was time to put the table together.
Relying on some old design skills, I measured and marked the center of each wood cutout with a pencil.
Then I measured off the diameter of the metal lampshades, and drew a circle of dots around the middle point of the wood cutouts as a guide for where to glue down the base shape of the table. I repeated the same steps for the smaller wood circle.
I used clear Gorilla Glue to attach the wood cutouts to the base and top of the table, and put a couple of books on top to help secure the wood circles while the glue dried.
This DIY Modern Side table cost me around $30 to make and is definitely a one of a kind conversation piece. Not only do I think the table looks awesome with the Tulip table in the entryway, I am so happy with the way it turned out.
Be sure to visit all of the other talented artisan and bloggers who participated in this month’s ‘Do It Over’ Designers Challenge listed below.
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Wow, your husband has a good eye! When I first saw the photo I thought it was a wicker piece. I like that it’s chain metal even better. It turned out great. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂
Brilliant! And what great teamwork too.
Lydia C. Lee says
That looks great!! #TrafficJamWeekend
Very neat table! Such a fun shape, and use of lampshades!
Thank you. I am just glad that my husband was with me that day at the thrift store and came up with the idea.
Marie-Interior Frugalista says
I love a good thrift store hunt story and it sounds like your husband has a good eye for upcycling potential. Your DIY MCM table is fabulous and I love the color! Can’t beat that price too!
Thanks Marie. I really like how it turned out too.
Anita Holland says
It is amazing how something so simple can be so effective. Awesome repurpose.
Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers says
Those metal lampshades were a jackpot thrift find! That was a brilliant idea to make a table using them, and it looks perfect and unique next to your chair. Love it painted orange!
Rachel - Tea and Forget-me-nots says
Wow, what a good eye finding those lampshades. Such an original idea. I’m really enjoying reading all our blog hop posts.
Never would I have thought of this fabulous, recycled table. I’m glad your hubby welded it together for you. It probably made it more stable. The finished craft is so unique and looks perfect with the chair setup.
Thank you. I agree that having it welded together is probably for the best.
Gail @Purple Hues and Me says
Wow, what a fabulous transformation, Donna! I can’t believe your side table was originally lamp shades! Your hubby has a good eye and welding skills!
Patti @ Pandora's Box says
What a good eye to imagine this was possible! Love the pop of color you gave it, too. Very clever project!
Love your new table and you are a lucky girl to have a hubby like that!!
Thank you. I have to agree even though I am sure he wonders what I will get him involved in next.
You are so clever and your husband a a good eye! Great makeover that looks perfect in that corner. Love it!
This is SO fabulous Donna; I’m a huge fan of MCM too but real pieces are hugely expensive. I love your creative solution to having a side table for your tulip chair!
I can’t always afford vintage MCM pieces either so have to be creative. Glad you liked it.
My husband and I collaborate all the time, he comes up with some great ideas. I love that you guys do the same. It’s an awesome table and very creative…and it has a neat story, which is really the best part.
Thanks Kim. It is hard to get everything done on your own.