How to Make an Acrylic Table Top

Written by ruth o'neil
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Acrylic tabletops are clear and look like glass. The plus side is that it is much more durable than glass. You do not have to worry about acrylic breaking, especially if you have small children at home. You can may your own acrylic tabletop more easily than you think. Use an epoxy to create a new table from an old one or just to dress up a store bought table. Add embellishments to make the table fit into the decor of your home.

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Things you need

  • Table
  • Rag
  • Warm, soapy water
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Resin epoxy
  • Plastic scraper
  • Hair dryer

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  1. 1

    Buy a table that has lips around the edges to make an acrylic top or else the epoxy will drip off the sides of the table when there is nothing to keep it in place.

  2. 2

    Clean the table with a rag and warm water with a mild soap. Allow the table to air dry completely before the next step.

  3. 3

    Paint the tabletop with whatever colour you desire. Paint shapes, swirls, names or any other designs you like. Allow the paint to dry for four hours before applying the epoxy.

  4. 4

    Wear rubber gloves when working with the epoxy.

  5. 5

    Mix the two parts of the epoxy. Read the manufacturer's directions for their preferred process. Mix 1 part of the resin and at least 2 parts of the hardener. Add a little more hardener to ensure your acrylic will harden properly. Stir the mixture well.

  6. 6

    Pour the epoxy in the middle of the table. Spread it around to cover the entire tabletop with the plastic scraper. Make sure to get into all the corners and cover the top completely. Use a little more of the epoxy mixture if necessary to make a ¼-inch layer.

  7. 7

    Set a hair dryer to high heat and turn on. Blow the hot air over the fresh epoxy to release all the air bubbles. Work about 2 inches from the surface of the epoxy.

  8. 8

    Allow the epoxy to dry completely, which can take up to a week, before placing any items on it.

Tips and warnings

  • Add objects to your tabletop before adding the epoxy. Add shells, pictures, broken bits of colourful glass or whatever else you want. Just keep in mind; you may need to add a thicker layer of epoxy to completely cover the objects and thicker epoxy takes longer to dry.
  • Add glitter to your wet paint to make a sparkly tabletop.

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