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Making Your Own Furniture On A Budget

Updated on June 19, 2013

Nowadays money is tight for most people and the cost of living seems to be going up and up, so this is a great way to cut costs and also add a unique item of furniture to your home.

Making your own furniture can be easy and a lot cheaper than buying from a store. It can also become a great hobby which may even make you a bit of money too. I made this mosaic side table which cost next to nothing to create. I used scrap MDF wood from my local DIY store and I used broken tiles which I got from a local tile store. My local DIY Store offers a selection of off-cut and broken tiles for free.

MDF Wood, Scrap Tiles, Grout, Hand Saw, Wood Glue, Sandpaper, Walnut Varnish, Paintbrush, Electric Screwdriver and Screws
MDF Wood, Scrap Tiles, Grout, Hand Saw, Wood Glue, Sandpaper, Walnut Varnish, Paintbrush, Electric Screwdriver and Screws

Materials Used

  • MDF wood
  • Scrap tiles
  • Grout
  • Wood glue
  • Sand paper
  • Saw
  • Screws
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Walnut varnish
  • Paintbrush

How I Made My Table

I started by cutting out two identical pieces of MDF for the feet of the table. Then a solid circular piece of MDF for the top, and an identical circular piece with the centre cut out (for the mosaic tiles).

Next using a sheet of sand paper, I smoothed all the edges down. Then I cut two slots in the legs to allow them to slot into place, and screwed the solid circular piece of MDF to the legs.

Then I glued the last circular piece of MDF on top. I placed the tiles into the center to make a nice picture and glued them into place using grout. Once this was dry, I wiped the remaining grout from the mosaic and finished off the table by varnishing the MDF wood with a rich walnut gloss.

I had chosen a round top table with a central leg, as this seemed to be the easiest option at the time, however you may find that a square table with two solid side legs suits your room better instead. Be creative and plan what you want to make. Don't be afraid to mix materials as this will often give a better effect.

The mosaic picture I created with the broken tiles is a ship at sea with the sun shining, but again, be as creative as you like. make it personal to you and keep it simple!

Using different shades of the same colour will give a great finish without the need to make a picture, for example: shades of green will go great in a conservatory, and reds and browns give a warm cosy feel making it perfect for a front room.

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The only thing I would like to add to this table is a circular piece of glass for the top. This would help to keep the mosaic in good condition and add a smoother finish. However It has proven difficult to find a piece of glass to fit.

Apart from my time, this project really did cost me only a few pounds and any guests who come to visit, always compliment the table.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      As a DIY kind of guy, this appealed to me as I love building and fixing things myself if I'm able. And you're right of course, the table looks fantastic. I'm voting this hub up and appealing! Great job fizzy!

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