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DIY Patio Table Top: Fixing a Broken Patio Table on a Budget

This week I am working on my patio table. I have completely refreshed the finish on the table and had to create a brand new DIY Table Top since the table flipped over and the glass top shattered. Stick around and see what I did.

The before and after of my DIY Table Top.

Many years ago I had a patio table and chairs on my back patio (in my old house). We had a derecho come through and the table flipped over and the glass top shattered. What…A….MESS!

After that, I decided I wanted a couch and chairs since we rarely ate dinner outside so I put the table and chairs in the garage and bought a nice set of furniture from Home Depot.

Now I am in a new house and I have a second-story deck where I put the furniture and a patio underneath where I currently have nothing. I am participating in the $100 Room Challenge coordinated by Erin at Lemons, Lavender and Laundry and I thought this is the perfect time to spruce up this space and make it useable for my family.

If you want to check out the other weeks of the challenge and see the other projects I am working on click the links below.

Week 1 (plan)Week 2 – Week 3 (this week) – Week 4Week 5 (the reveal)

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DIY Table Top Ideas

If you have been following along you will know I planned on cutting a piece of plywood and using peel and stick tile on top. Something like this.

I ran into trouble when I measured the diameter of my table. It is almost 50 inches in diameter. A sheet of plywood is 48 inches across.


So I needed to go to plan B. Isn’t that always the case in DIY, it’s always good to have a plan B.

I had this idea from some Pinterest posts to use wood as the top. I have a ton of leftover wood from previous projects and it’s all free! Which is really in my budget for this challenge!

DIY Table Top Wood

I went into my garage and pulled down a bunch of wood, laid it out on my driveway and this is what I had.

Leftover wood laid out on my driveway to see if I have enough to create a table top.

I measured and it looked like I had enough! Just barely!

Next, I had the job of screwing it all together. I used my Kreg Jig and connected each piece. This took me a while.

This shows where I marked and drilled holes to screw the wood together with my kreg jib.

Once I finished that I put a brace on the back just to add additional support. My patio table doesn’t have any support except around the edges of the table for the top. I wanted it to be super sturdy.

All the wood is screwed together here with added braces on the back for more stability.

Now I flip it over and cut out a circle. I just put a nail in the center and some string with a pencil and marked the circle. I couldn’t really photograph this process because I needed all hands on deck. But here is the circle after being cut.

The table faced up after I cut the wood into a circle.

It’s not perfect but it’s close, LOL.

I did a light sanding all around the edges to make sure nothing was sharp.

Now its time to stain the rest of the wood that is unfinished. This was seriously the easy part! I went to my basement and grabbed all my leftover stain and some foam brushes that I always keep on hand for craft projects.

I used the stain I had to finish staining and put 3 coats of poly on it.

The remaining boards have been stained and polyurethaned.

DIY Table Top, The Finished Product

For the table base and chairs, I gave them a good cleaning then used this spray paint to give them a whole new look.

It took 3 cans of spray paint (and a very sore hand) but I think the table and chairs turned out amazing! I love the new look.

Here is the finished product with the base and the new tabletop. And the only cost was for the spray paint! Isn’t that crazy?!

The finished DIY Table Top on the newly spray painted base with the chairs and cushions.
The finished table top on the newly spray painted base with the chairs.
This showcases the color of the table and chairs after being painted.
DIY Table Top made of leftover wood and a spray painted table and chairs.

$100 Room Challenge Budget

This week the only cost I had was for spray paint at a whopping $19.25.

I am now at a total of $66.98 of my $100 budget. I have wall art and decor left to do with my $33. Wish me luck!

Other $100 Room Challenge Posts:

Teen Hangout Room is Finished!

Farmhouse Laundry Room Reveal

Modern Farmhouse Coffee Bar

Wine Cellar Ideas: Building a Wine Cellar in Your Basement

DIY Table Top for a Broken Patio Table pin for Pinterest.

It’s really easy to DIY a tabletop if you have a broken table. I encourage you to check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration. Until then, stick around for next week when I tackle the wall art!

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As a licensed Real Estate Agent and an avid home decorator, I strive to give my clients the very best I can when it comes to staging, selling, and decorating their homes. I have lots of experience with paint color choices and love to DIY my home so I can have everything just the way I want it. I share my ideas and projects with the world in the hopes that I can help others have their homes just the way they want as well.

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Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

That table top is beautiful. So much character! Better than the original glass top!!


Monday 28th of September 2020

Thanks Joy!

Nicki Parrish

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

Wow, I love this idea! It turned out awesome! Can't wait till the reveal!


Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

Thanks Nicki!


Monday 21st of September 2020

That looks so cool!!! Very creative!


Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

Thanks Tracy!

Jackie @jackiecantblog

Sunday 20th of September 2020

WOW! I am in love with the table top. Such a great plan B- that I think I will use for a little table that I have in the garage. Thanks for the inspo. Can't wait to see you final space complete


Monday 21st of September 2020

Thank you so much Jackie! I am so happy you like it!


Thursday 17th of September 2020

This turned out so fun and beautiful! I love the reclaimed wood look.


Monday 21st of September 2020

Thanks so much Carrie!

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