Our formal dinning room is almost a perfect square, so when we purchased a formal dinning room set, it caused our space to be difficult to navigate and overwhelming to me. Thankfully, we had two tables, so I decided to switch them around to see how they did in different spaces. I will thrilled to see our formal table fit perfectly in our eat-in area and the smaller rectangle table seemed to be a good solutions for a while. That is when I got the inspiration to make a square table by repurposing our rectangle table that seemed too small for the space.
How to Make a Square Table By Repurposing Your Rectangle Table
Our rectangle table and chairs were in good shape, just not the right size for the space, so my husband and I knew that we would repurpose what we had and save us a lot of money to reach our goal for this space. In the end, we only spent about $250, which included buying 4 new chairs that added an element of different textures to the room. I absolutely LOVED the results and the ease of this DIY project.
The first thing you need to do when you repurpose a rectangle table to make a square table is to take it all apart. Be sure to put all the hardware in one secure place, so you don't lose anything.
You will want to make TWO new supports that are the exact size as the existing support for the table frame. Be sure to measure these pieces when you took it all apart, so you have an exact square. While you have it apart it is easiest to mark the new supports by using the old supports as a template, so you get the exact cut out for the center leg support.
Once you have all these pieces exact, you can put them back together again, using the same hardware that was used for the rectangle table.
To prepare the base of the old table, you will want sand all parts of the table for the painting. When you are done sanding, you will want to wipe the wood down with a damp cloth to be sure you have all the dust off from it.
Creating the new square table top. Our table was designed to seat 8 people, 2 on each side of the table. To accomplish this we made the table 5 foot by 5 foot. This required the top to be 2 1/2 foot wide by 5 foot long and then secure both pieces of the table top together.
While the table top is needing time for the glue to dry and there isn't any more dust in the air, you can begin to paint the bottom part of the table. I wanted to use a highlight color from some of the future that we have in our formal dinning room to paint the bottom part of the table.
To get the exact color, we took the door of the cabinet and took it to the store for them to match the color exactly. We purchased a paint that had primer in it, so we could eliminate some of the work and save time. If you don't do this step, you will want to use a primer to cover the wood first before adding the paint.
You will want this to set for 24 hours, prior to adding the table top to it to ensure that you don't scratch the paint.
Secure the table top to the base of the table. Due to the size of the table, you may have a hard time moving it back into your house, if you use the garage to build it, like we did.
I would suggest placing a very large paint cloth onto the floor of where the table will be placed in your home. Then bring the base in and then the square table top. Secure the top to the base, with the hardware that held the previous table top onto the base before.
Paint the square table top! Sounds easy enough, right? NOT!!!
We painted our table top with two different paints and we were still not happy with the way the top looked. That is when I went looking on the internet for paint perfect for our repurposed project. That is when I found RECLAIM!
The paint is thicker than what we usually would use, more like the thickness of children's paint or even cooked pudding. It is a self-leveling paint that has some texture to it, so you can use a roller without having the lines.
It includes primer in it, so it is the best combination for repurposing furniture or in our case, making new furniture since the table top was new wood.
Here is a close up of the RECLAIM paint while it is wet…
This paint takes any where from 2-4 hours to dry and we used two coats.
We also added the RECLAIM sealer on top of the top, which goes on milky but dries clear. This is what it looks like wet…
The finished product was beautiful! The Licorice color was the perfect shade of black that we were going for and it looks amazing against the contrast color of the frame.
We just love our square table and it fits perfectly into our formal dinning room, which also doubles as our school room. I look forward to sharing how this space is working for our homeschooling and my need to keep things elegant and functional. This was a do it yourself project that I wished we had done years ago!
I received compensation from RECLAIM to review their product.. and I'm so glad I did – I'm hooked!