Floating Accent Table

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A few weeks ago while going through the local garage sales, we found a great tilt top table. In good shape, it would have been a beautiful antique. Unfortunately this table had seen much better days…edges were broken off, it had many deep scratches, a couple of broken legs and discolored stain. We actually got the table for free after buying a couple of other items (the littler rocker being one of them) but even we weren’t so sure of how we could ever use it…albeit, that didn’t prevent us from seizing the opportunity!

We were trying to figure out what to do with the table this past weekend when Alberto suggested a floating table. We’d cut the table top in half (getting rid of much of the damage) and use two of the feet to help support the weight when attached to the wall. I love projects where we can create something new out of old furniture!

Here’s what we used to make the floating table:

  • A tilt top table
  • Wood stain
  • Wood sealer

This is what we needed to put it together:

  • Saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brush

Let’s Make a Floating Accent Table!


  • Remove the table top from its base, and remove the supports and hardware from the bottom of the table top. Next, we took off the the feet from the base to use as a support for the finished table.
  • Draw a line on the table through the middle, and cut it in half.
  • Temporarily screw the supports back to the bottom of the table half, and mark them. This will allow the supports to be the same size as the top once they’re cut.

  • Now, remove the supports, and cut them to size. Keep the short ends. We’ll use one of them to connect the table top to the wall.
  • Mark and cut the tops of the feet so that they are perpendicular with the bottom of the feet.

Strip and sand!


  • Using 150 grade sandpaper, sand the finish from all of the pieces, and use the 220 grade to make it even.
  • Next, attach a foot to each of the supports. The bottom of the foot should be even with the cut end of the support.
  • Now, stain and seal all of the pieces. Finish it by lightly sanding the wood, and reapply the sealer. Repeat this step several times.

Cocktail Break!

It’s the last official weekend of the summer, and we wanted something fruity. We had pineapple rum from some of our last cocktails, so Alberto wanted to use it. We saw some raspberries in the store, and an idea was born. Alberto came up with a Raspberry Rum Punch that is delicious! What a sweet ending to the summer!

Just hanging around!


  • Using the original screws, attach the supports to the underside of the table top.
  • Measure the distance between the two supports, and cut the shorter support piece to fit. Next, attach the shorter support in between the longer supports by screwing it in place from either side. You don’t want to mar the table top.
  • Place the table top to the wall, and screw the short support to the wall to hold the table in place.

Done! This project didn’t cost us anything because we used most of the materials from the table, and we had the other items left over from other projects. Now we have a beautiful and unique accent table. What a great way to end the summer!


2 Responses to Floating Accent Table

  1. China Lanier says:

    WOW … this IS really special. I have just the place for one at my entry. So, now to find the right “used up” table!
    Thanks guys!!

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