Mirror-Topped Side Tables

Mirror-Topped Side Tables

Add new paint and a mirror to give side tables a fresh new look.

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Give old side tables and elegant makeover with new paint and a mirror topper.

Nesting tables (with recessed inserts on top)
100-grit sandpaper
Damp rag
Spray paint (color of your choice)
Tape measure
Mirrors (cut to size)
All-purpose construction adhesive
Caulk gun


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  1. Sand the nesting tables with a piece of 100-grit sandpaper. Remove all bumps and smooth out dings. Wipe everything down with a damp rag
  2. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the nesting tables the color of your choice. Let dry
  3. Measure the width and length of recessed areas on the top of each nesting table. Write down each of these measurements
  4. Take the mirrors to a local frame shop, and ask them to cut down the mirrors to your measurements. (Almost all frame shops are willing to do this. Call ahead just to be sure)
  5. With the mirrors cut to your measurements, take the first mirror and nesting table, and apply 1⁄2-inch beads of all purpose construction adhesive every 2 inches along the backside of the mirror. (When you push the mirror into place, the adhesive will spread out. You don’t want excess adhesive spilling out over the sides)
  6. Line up the corners of the mirror with the recessed corners of the nesting table. Set the mirror into place, pressing down lightly on top of the mirror
  7. Let the adhesive dry for 1-2 hours
  8. Repeat steps 5-7 for your remaining nesting tables

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