By Dustin Bates
The holiday season is a great time to think about your table spaces. With guests visiting, or just more meals at the table during the winter, it doesn’t have to be difficult to put together a new table. Plus, tables are fun to set this time of year.

I wanted to build a small table out of scrap items from the Habitat for Humanity Restore, so I grabbed an office table that had art-deco-looking legs, but a a less-than-desirable faux leather top. I popped off the top, painted the base a silver metallic and created a new rustic tabletop using wood fence scraps from the Restore.

I lightly sanded, cleaned, and cut the fence slats to size, and glued them to plywood, clamping them to dry. Then, I cut some trim to run around the outside, which I nailed into place. The nice thing about rough furniture is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. You don’t need to hide nail holes, you can sand it, bang it up, and it all adds to the character.

Attaching the two pieces was easy and I love the juxtaposition of the metallic and rustic for this simple table.

The best part about this project is that it only cost $39 for materials.

Dustin’s DIY is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity Kansas City Restore.

Dustin started Varsity Construction after graduating college in 2005. He builds new construction and remodels homes. He also builds small furniture pieces in his spare time. If you have a DIY construction project you’d like him to discuss, send it to