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Repurposed Furniture: Acrylic Side Table

I have an instant repurposed furniture idea for you today – one that I saw Miss Kris create and loved so much that I had to do it myself.

It is a simple way to repurpose an acrylic craft store frame and the legs from a TV tray.  When placed together you get one glam and affordable piece of furniture for your home.

Chic side table made using an acrylic box frame. Easy DIY that can be done in minutes. Table can be permanent or a temporary addition to a room for entertaining when more table surfaces are needed. #DIYtable #tabledecor #repurposedfurniture #repurposedframes #chicdecor

Acrylic or lucite furniture is pretty trendy and hip. It works well with modern furnishings as well as in more traditionally styled rooms.


Adding a clear piece of furniture to a small room is one way to lessen a cluttered look since the clear acrylic creates the illusion of more space since it is see through.


Finding an affordable way to get the look makes this easy repurposing idea WIN/WIN all around.


When the frame is placed over the top of the stand – it stops the stand from collapsing and creates an instant table.  No attaching with screws needed.

Tres Chic!


I used the legs of the black TV tray table above to make my clear acrylic side table. The stand in the bottom of the photo could be used also. I found it at the thrift store.  Laundry sorters could be used or any metal or wood stand that has legs that cross.


Crafts stores sell the clear acrylic box frames.


I found the brass corners at my local hardware store.

supplies needed:


1.  Sand surface of TV tray table legs with 100 grit sandpaper.  Clean off grit with a damp rag.  Let dry.  To learn how I get a perfect finish using spray paint check out these spray painting tips & tricks.

2. Spray paint the legs gold. Use light, long sweeping strokes. Reapply a second and third coat every 5 minutes until evenly covered. Let dry.  I used this 24 Kt Gold spray paint. This is the best gold spray paint I have ever used. I used the silver on the towel bars in my kitchen. The gold sprayed on smooth and easy.  I found it at AC Moore, but you can buy it on Amazon.


3.  The brass corners have holes so you can screw them onto the corners of wood boxes and or trunks.  Since I was going to glue the brass corners to the frame and not screw them in, I needed to find a way to fill the holes.  What I found worked was to snip the head of the screw off with wire cutters.


4. I put a dab of clear glue under each hole, then dropped the screw head over the holes on the top side of each hole.  Let glue dry.

5. Glue each brass corner to the top side corners on the acrylic frame. Let dry.


6. Place the frame over the painted stand and VOILA!  A chic and modern table that can be set up just about anywhere in your home.


Need more repurposed furniture ideas?  Check out the table I made using a garden urn.

Look what else you can repurpose and make with an acrylic frame: A Bar Tray

Repurposing ideas for decorating


Chic side table made using an acrylic box frame. Easy DIY that can be done in minutes. Table can be permanent or a temporary addition to a room for entertaining when more table surfaces are needed. #DIYtable #tabledecor #repurposedfurniture #repurposedframes #chicdecor

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  1. Hi. Do you think that this could work if I put the try up (so that it was like a bar tray on top of the leg, instead of a flat surface)? Or, would that just make the legs unsteady?

    1. Hi Jenn – I do not think it will work if you place the tray edges up. There would be nothing to hold the base up and it would be unstable. You could screw 4 screws through the tray and into the top of the legs. 2 screws on each side. This would make it secure to use as a table if you want to create a tray style table using the acrylic frame.

  2. Love these! Do you have any idea how much weight they can hold? I am thinking about making them for my living room, but wasn’t sure if they would be able to support a lamp or something of the sort.

    1. Hi Eden – My table will hold a small to medium table lamp, one that is not too tall or heavy. I have used small lamps, a vase with flowers, books, etc with no problem. Once you get it set up and the top secure on the stand, it is pretty sturdy, but can wobble a little if you bump into it.

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!! Shame we don’t seem to have them here in Oz yet …. unless it’s just because I live in a regional tourist town that we don’t have them where I live yet … But, I LOVE this .. & will definitely be keeping my eyes out for them! I would LOVE a tray out of this. Thanks again … :)

    1. Hi Mark – I love Miss Kris and everything she does.:-) She is beyond chic, amazing, and fun! When writing the post, I thought I wrote it was from her site, not You Tube. Will go in and fix. I used a TV tray table, she used something different I think, but I totally understand your point and will put in the link. Wish I has someone like you to act in my behalf for the dozens and dozens of sites that take my entire posts – words, photos, the whole thing and claim them as their own. Not just the idea. :-)

      1. Hi Diane,
        In your defense …. I have only recently discovered your blog, but as you c an see from all of my comments, I’ve read at least 50% of your posts … & I have also noticed how careful you are to refer back to the original poster IF you have blogged anything that wasn’t your own original idea. In fact I’ve been most impressed as I regularly see blogs that I’ve seen their posts on other blogs.
        I think it’s a shame that this man didn’t write to you privately, before posting such a message for all & sundry to read. It’s a darn shame, especially as you’re so generous with the sharing of your Original ideas!
        Thanks for your generosity & al that you share with others who don’t have your creativity.
        Cheers …. & thanks again, Wendy from Oz …

  4. Diane, I just found this post and immediately went to the garage to check out my old TV trays. The good news is that the legs of my trays are already gold so some refreshing is all they would need. However, my trays are the type where the legs snap to the tray making them impossible to stand on their own. I’m not even sure the legs are the same height on both sides. Were yours this way too? If so, will it be resolved once the tray is added? ( I did see your comment about the tray keeping the legs form collapsing but I did not know if your original trays were structured like mine. )

    Wow and wow. I just love the end result.


    1. Hi Betty – My TV tray table stand is just like yours. The top clips to the frame and the two sides (legs) are not the same height. The frame will hold the legs in place once it is in place and the legs will automatically even out to create a flat table top.

    1. Thanks Marty – It was a fun project to make – fast and easy. The hardest part was finding the brass corners. I went to the big box stores and could not find them. The smaller hardware stores near me, True Value and Ace both carried them. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Hi Stephanie – Thanks. I love finding new ways to use ordinary stuff. It is what I learned to do when I worked in display. We had to find a way to make stuff for the store displays using only what was in the prop room. My brain became programmed to look at everything with a new eye. :-)

  5. You continue to amaze me with your genius ideas. This little side table looks like a million bucks! Thanks for all the great ideas all the time! Vikki in VA.

  6. Unbelievable. I have 4 vintage TV trays that have toile ware painted trays. I hung the trays on a wall and was wondering if I could find a use for the stands!

  7. A Cinderella story for a lowly tray table. Could you please try your hand on my pink tile bathroom? I do enjoy your inspiration!!!

  8. Love the idea! I sold my TV trays at a rummage sale last year. Had them for 38 years and used them once. Oh drats! Hahhah…Could have had 4 pretty trays instead of the ugly 1970’s look.

    I’ll have to go looking for one of those acrylic frames :-) (I did keep one of my trays.) ;-)

  9. Diane, the idea is wonderful,
    Using the corners just completes it perfectly.
    I love love love refurbishing.
    More more more please!!!
    Thank you.

  10. You are so creative! I love this! How wonderful that you took the lowly TV tray…and transformed it so stunningly! ;)

  11. So clever! I have used acrylic frames as trays but inverting it on a stand is so creative! Love the touch of the brass corners. Thanks for feeding my creative side!


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  12. I love it! I’ve had a hankering for brass lately and this gives me the kick in the butt I need to do something – gorgeous!