You’re going to love these unique table top ideas you can use on any furniture big or small! DIY a table top with paint, resin, stencils, Mod Podge, and more.
Skills Required: Beginner to Intermediate. Some of these will be as basic as painting, while other use stenciling and a little more skill. Everyone will find a project they’d like to tackle on this list.
Have you ever redone a table? You might think it’s intimidating, because I did at first. I’ll tell you exactly what was going on in my head before I tried it. This was well over 15 years ago.
I pictured myself going into Lowes or Home Depot, which I hated at the time, and searching the aisles for hours to find supplies. Supplies including sandpaper, stripper, basecoat, Kilz, a scraper, paint, rags, and just about a thousand other things.
I had zero clue what you actually needed to redo furniture, and assumed the preparation alone would overwhelm me. Not to mention the exquisite paint job that would be required, and that I certainly didn’t feel capable of.
So for a long time, furniture was a no-go.
But eventually I got my hands on a used side table for free, and I decided it was time to try it. Since there was nothing to lose. And by “try it” I mean paint the table and re-do the table top. And I loved it.
Since that time, I’ve re-done several pieces of furniture. And it’s way easier than I ever thought, and you need a lot fewer supplies than I thought (especially if you use chalk paint). You can get my tips for prepping furniture here.
So that you can try a project too, I’ve put together a collection of table top ideas for you to try! There’s everything from Mod Podge to tile to painting and stenciling. No matter your skill level or interest, you’re going to find a table top idea here you like.
If you’ve never tried re-doing furniture before, now’s the time. You’re more DIY-ey than you think, I promise! Check out the ideas below and let me know what you try in the comments!
Table Top Ideas
Learn how to make an old table top new again with one of these unique ideas!
Decoupage Tabletop with Fabric
Learn how to decoupage a tabletop in this unique upcycled furniture project! You can do it yourself with Mod Podge. So easy!
This Baseball Card Table Uses Simple Supplies
David takes on a unique furniture project: a themed baseball card table. He uses simple supplies from the hardware store – you can do it too! Use printouts or real baseball cards.
Colorful End Table Makeover for Your Room
This colorful end table makeover is one that you MUST try! It’s so easy and completely changes a room with little effort.
DIY Outdoor Checkered Table
Turn your kitchen table into a game board! Eat dinner and then move it aside to play checkers or chess. This is easy to make with painter's tape!
DIY Chalkboard Coffee Table
Make an easy and non-messy DIY chalkboard coffee table, perfect for kids rooms or playrooms. You'll love how chalkboard takes the top of a thrifted coffee table to a whole new level!
Image Transfer to Furniture with Mod Podge
Try an image transfer to furniture with a Goodwill find. This table was made over with paint, photo transfer medium, and a vintage graphic!
Cheap Table Top Makeover
You might be thinking that this table top was done with a stencil, and it definitely could be. However this particular design was made by painting a geometric design done with painter's tape. Isn't it cool?
Distressed Milk Paint Beach Wood Coffee Table
Revamp an old coffee table top with milk paint and distressing tools. You can use a variety of colors and tools to make it look really cool. The distressing is also difficult to mess up given its random nature.
DIY End Table from a Luggage Rack
If you are into salvaged furniture, this DIY end table is perfect for you! It was made using an old luggage rack and cabinet door.
Vinyl Plank Table Top Added to Nesting Tables
Learn how to revamp nesting tables by giving them a vinyl plank table top! This is a perfect way to use leftover flooring in a DIY project.
Side Table Makeover With Concrete Top
This side table makeover was so easy to complete. with leftover chalky paint and concrete from a countertop project. I love the new industrial chic look!
Gold Table Top Makeover
If you can't paint in a straight line, no worries! You can still add gold to a stained table top using Stacy's method.
How To Tile A Table Top
Tiling a table top is way easier than you think! Use this simple trick to tile all the things . . . furniture, decor, and more.
Decoupage Table with Wrapping Paper (So Easy!)
Learn how to make decoupage table with wrapping paper! It’s easy to do with Mod Podge Outdoor and this tutorial. Such a unique project.
DIY Herringbone Stenciled Table
With a large adhesive stencil, Savannah was able to re-do this table with a herringbone pattern. For clean lines, this is a method that really works well.
Easy Table Revamp with a Pillowcase
Use Mod Podge and a pillowcase (yes, a pillowcase!) to decoupage a design onto a tabletop. This table revamp is really easy!
Indian Inlay Stenciled Table
Bone inlay furniture is always popular - and it's always expensive! You can get the same look on a budget using stencils. It's even got a bit of shimmer. This project takes some time, but if you have patience the results are fabulous.
Farm to Table Top
Letter stencils are popular for adding a message or saying to the top of flat surfaces! You can use this same idea to decorate a piece of furniture perfect for farmhouse decor.
Child's Artwork Table & Chair Set
Turn your child's artwork into part of their playroom decor with this table and chair set. This is a fun way to use up your child's favorite artwork and let them enjoy it as well (don't forget to check out our child's art dresser too).
Festive Holiday Kid's Tabletop
Use Mod Podge, bright paint colors, and Christmas papers to create this one-of-a-kind kids table. It's perfect for Santa's milk and cookies!
Farmhouse Table Makeover
Learn how to do this farmhouse table makeover on a budget! Using chalky finish paint and stain, it only costs about $85 for the whole project.
DIY Dining Table with Burned Wood Finish
Want a table with an unique top that isn't just stained? Burn the wood and you will have an elegant and gorgeous dining table!
Houndstooth Patterned Tabletop
Grab a houndstooth stencil and makeover a table with some paint! What I love about this project is the unique color combinations. Don't be afraid to experiment when you paint your table tops.
Painted Game Table Top
Not only can you paint on wood tables, but you can makeover metal table tops too! This is a unique way to do it with painter's tape, but you can make any game board you like on top.
Wood Slice Side Table with Color Blocking
Turn a sliced wooden table into a vivid work of art with some dye! Yes, you can paint dye directly onto wood and it becomes a very colorful stain.
Buffalo Plaid Side Table
Add an outdoorsy touch to your decor with this handsome buffalo plaid side table. Plaid is one of my favorite patterns and I'd love to try it on the top of a table sometime, wouldn't you?
Which of these ideas for decorating a table top would you like to try? I’d love to hear in the comments! Please also check out these other posts: