Sea Glass End Table

I was inspired by those beer cap tables that I’ve seen a few times to make a ‘sea glass’ table. I used the decorative glass stones that you can buy at Michaels for about $3.75 per bag. I wish I would have taken more pictures throughout the process but I will try to explain thoroughly.

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Above is the finished product.
List of supplies:

Small table
Glass gems
Glass Marbles
Spray paint (if you aren’t happy with the color of your table)
Sand paper (for spray painting)
Super glue
Blue painters tape
Duct tape
Tin foil
Resin
Mixing cups

Step 1:

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Here was my beginning table. I sanded the top and used my favorite spray paint.

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Step 2:
Lay out your stones. I laid out one small circle, then super glued that circle.

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After super gluing the first circle, I started laying out the rest of my stones. However, I realized I didn’t have enough (I bought 6 bags!). That is the reason i outlined the edge with the white glass marbles – I had them on hand and knew they would take up just enough space so that I wouldn’t need to go buy more glass stones. I superglued the marbles on as well.

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I think it’s definitely best to lay out the stone pattern before gluing. I ended up switching stones around to make the pattern just how I wanted. And remember, you can use anything you want to cover your table with! Real beach glass, beads, sea shells, bottle caps, etc. You can lay out patterns with the glass stones and then throw in some colored rhinestones here and there (I almost did!).

Step 3:
Because my table was flat on top with no lip, I had to build a barrier so that the resin wouldn’t seep over the edges and onto the floor. I first covered the whole edge of my table in masking tape. Then I duct taped a wall of tin foil around the table top as a barrier. Make sure the tin foil is relatively even around the entire thing. Also make sure you get it as tight as possible. You don’t want any resin seeping down over the masking tape because then the tape gets hard to remove. I wasn’t as careful as I should have been.

Step 4:
Apply resin! Depending on the type of resin you get, this part might vary. Just follow the instructions on the box. I bought this kind.

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I mixed the two chemicals 50-50 and stirred a ton, then poured over the table. I ended up not making enough resin – I made three batches total. You can see how much I used in the picture.

Step 5:
Let dry!

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One thought on “Sea Glass End Table

  1. My wife and I love seeing the bottle cap tables. When designing our downstairs dining area we made one of these doing a similar process. When done right, the table can come out looking amazing. Glad we learned and did it ourselves.

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