Upcycled Broken Glass Coffee Table for Under $30

Upcycled Broken Glass Coffee Table for Under $30

I may have broken the glass inserts on my coffee table set a few years ago and put off getting them fixed.  I never thought replacing glass inserts to an end table and coffee table would cost so much!  Replacing the glass inserts would’ve cost me more than what I paid for the coffee table set!  Here is a simple tutorial on how to make this upcycled broken glass coffee table for under $30 yourself!

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Upcycled Broken Glass Coffee Table for Under $30

Upcycled Broken Glass Coffee Table for Under $30

The coffee table set I needed to fix is a popular one pictured below.  Very simple, modern design that fit our old decor nicely a few years ago.  We are in the process of renovating and replacing the carpet and existing tile on our first floor and a new look would be ideal.

A tinted, beveled, quarter-inch glass insert ran me close to $300 for just the coffee table, which is $200 more than I paid for the whole set.  I considered tossing it… but it was just the perfect size for my front room!  I was so happy to find a way to bring this coffee table set back to life again and loved how it turned out!  The best part of it all, it only cost me under $30!

I headed to Lowes Home Improvement Store and started looking into alternatives.  I looked at some tile and considered creating a tile mosaic and realized how much work that would require of me.  I ended up in the lumber section but didn’t find anything I liked because I thought the lumber at 1-inch thick would be too heavy for what I needed.  I was getting ready to leave when I wandered into the trim/base board section.  There I found the perfect solution!  Already wrapped bundle of weathered-looking, pallet board-looking solid wood planks for only $19.97!

Here’s what I found:

C&C Wood Products Heritage Series Gunmetal Grey Plank

I was afraid that with the varied lengths, I would have to buy several boxes just to get the right lengths I needed but I was lucky!  I used all the boards except for two small ones!

What You’ll Need

  • Black pen/marker
  • Circular saw
  • 150 Grit Fine Grade Sand Paper
  • Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finish
  • All surface paint brush
  • Construction Adhesive Glue
  • Caulking Gun
  • tape measure

Directions

Preparations:

  1. Clean off the surface of the coffee and end tables with a damp wash cloth.

Finding Your Desired Look:

  1. Place plank boards on the floor and arrange them to your desired finished look.
    • The plank boards were all painted with weathered paint making each one uniquely different from the next.  I spent some time flipping each board until I found the look I wanted.
  2. (Pictured Below) Flip the coffee and end tables upside down on top of the planks you’ve designed.
    • For the end table, I was able to line 6 short plank boards right next to each other (no gaps in between) to fit the exact length whereas with the coffee table, I used 6 long plank boards and had equal spacing of 2 mm in between each board to fit the coffee table exactly.
  3. With these planks, you can stagger them to have and “off” edging.  With that look in mind, you will not need to cut your boards to fit your tables exactly like I have.  If this is the look you’re interested in, you may skip step 4.
  4. (Pictured Below) With a black pen or marker, number the planks in the order you want them placed then draw a line using the table’s edge to mark where to cut each board.
  5. Flip the coffee and end tables right side up and measure the width of each table’s glass insert area.
    • You will need this to cut a plank board and place inside the insert so you will have something to glue the plank boards on top of.

Putting It All Together

  1. Using sandpaper, sand down the edges the cut planks.
  2. (Pictured Below) Using the planks you’ve measured for the glass insert in step 5, glue each cut plank on top of the metal holds (the part of the coffee and end tables that held up the glass inserts).
  3. Proceed to gluing the remaining planks on top of the coffee and end tables.
  4. Allow 24 hours for glue to dry.

 
Finishing Touches

  1. Using a paint brush, paint at least 3 coats of protective finish.
    • These plank boards are very porous and you will need to seal them or else anything that spills on them could stain.
  2. Allow 24 hours for paint to dry.

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