Introduction

How to Build a Mirror-Topped Accent Table
Photo: John Gruen
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Whether it holds bedside reading, potted plants, or bowls of snacks for guests, a compact pedestal table is one of the handiest pieces you’ll ever own. With a bit of DIY know-how and some simple materials, you can make this mirror-topped version for a lot less than the cost of a new look-alike. This Old House general contractor Tom Silva built it using two precut wood rounds, a newel post for the pedestal, and a beveled-edge mirror and ceiling medallion to dress up the top and base. Paint yours a favorite hue, and put it wherever you need a little landing spot.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with a countersink drill bit
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • adjustable clamp
      Speed clamps
    • hole saw
      Hole-saw bit sized to the diameter of the newel post. We used a 3-inch hole saw.
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    Wood rounds. Choose two stain-grade wood rounds for the tabletop and base. The base should be at least 18 inches in diameter.

    Ceiling medallion. Choose one that's slightly smaller in diameter than the base, and make sure the center hole is large enough for the newel post to sit within."

    Vinyl adhesive caulk to seal the medallion to the base.

    Newel post. Choose a post at least 2½ inches in diameter. You’ll cut lengths off each end to make your table the right height, typically 18 to 24 inches.

    220-grit sandpaper.

    Wood glue.

    4-inch lag screws. Get two.

    Primer and semigloss paint.

    Round mirror. Choose one that’s slightly smaller in diameter than the tabletop. It should have a beveled edge.

    Mirror adhesive to seal the mirror to the tabletop.