Find an old aquarium stand and make a table using wood scraps or recycled wood table tops.
This is one of the projects where I had second thoughts about the paint. I’ll let you guys give me what for if I messed up.
As promised…..table number two for the week is made from an aquarium stand. I found the red aquarium stand at my favorite junk shop and loved the color. I can’t pass up anything red or made of metal.
The top butcher block piece is what we’re working with today, and it also came from my favorite junk shop.
The JTS (aka hubby, aka Junktion Technical Specialist) cut the butcher block top to fit the metal stand.
We also found a few reclaimed boards to make slats for the bottom shelf. Hubby is great at using the table saw. Table saws make me nervous.
As you can see, the JTS did most of the work on this project. He drilled holes in the iron aquarium stand so we could attach the wood top.
Now this is where I may have messed up. Do you guys like the light natural wood look? Read on to see what I did to the top.
I stained the butcher block with General Finishes stain in walnut. It just wipes on.
Then I waxed the top with white Barnwood wax from FolkArt.
The main reason I decided to stain the top is that I didn’t have a matching butcher block for the bottom shelf. I painted the wood slats brown and applied the white barnwood wax. The top and bottom don’t match, but there isn’t a big contrast.
Faux Barnwood Table Top
I do like the barnwood look with the red-painted base.
And I really like the paint-by-number framed picture. I found it at a yard sale, I think the price was 50 cents….maybe $1.
What do you think of the aquarium stand table? Do you like the top, or would you have preferred the original butcher block? That’s it for me. You guys have a great day! Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com