Something Different: Glitter Table Top DIY

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Not nails related…and yet, I wager you will enjoy this.  PIC HEAVY!!!!

Glitter…bling…pink, girly sparkles…totally me. And in the process of starting my line of polish, I began collecting pieces of furniture that I hope to one day use in an office dedicated to Wicked Polish.  So when I saw a pin on Pinterest of THIS table, I realized that pinning it was not enough. I needed to make this glorious table for myself. Immediately.

I did a bit of research Saturday night/Sunday morning (3am is a great hour for me, as it turns out).  I found THIS blogpost and realized that I would have to spend a bit of money on the resin/epoxy/whatever mixture I would need, and had no desire to wait after ordering, so I went to Home Depot and found this little gem for $24.95.

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I originally bought one, then went back for two more, then went back for two more for a “topcoat” this morning.  So this particular project wasn’t cheap, but I am way too proud to care.  I am sure I could have found the product online for less money, but frankly this is the weekend I had free, and I am the LEAST patient person ever.

Here is my table…I painted it black and shiny about 4 years ago on a whim and loved it.

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Sorry for the mess, we are in the process of closing the sale of our home (soon?) and moving. Plus, it always looks like this. Hah.

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I’ve been making polish directly on this table for a while with the intention of refinishing it, so it has base and glitter and watermarks oh my!

IMG_8704I hauled it outside thanks to a wonderful friend who came over in the middle of her day when I realized I was alone…and sanded it down. I think my sandpaper was 150 grit, it was whatever looked tough enough to cut through the shiny finish on the table.

IMG_8707It got super windy and started to sprinkle (of COURSE), so I papered off the legs of the table. Probably the smartest last minute decision I made all day.

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Never inhale crap.  And be sure to take your ID with you to buy spraypaint. I got distracted and nearly bought neon pink, orange, yellow, and green spray paint. I don’t know what I would do with it, but keep it around long enough and I would think of something!

IMG_8709I decided to use white primer because I don’t like grey. I also figured I would be able to see more easily where I still needed paint.

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I used glitter that I have for making polish that didn’t pass the curl test – frankly, I don’t mind telling you I got it from Glitties, because it curls so badly you won’t want to use their glitter for nail polish making.  You’re welcome.  I mixed in some other sizes and colors of glitter I have lying around (and trust me, I have LOTS).

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I sprayed the table pink…

IMG_8715…and poured on this whole container of glitter, carefully covering the entire space.  I used pink paint so that any bare spots would be less noticeable.

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I liked it really well just like this – it has a sort of velour look.  I realized immediately that the paint hadn’t been sticky enough, and my glitter was blowing around in the wind.  I was highly annoyed, but had read someone had used Mod Podge to get their glitter to stay before applying the epoxy.

Don’t. Do. It.

I didn’t take pictures of this part because I was SO angry with myself and absolutely certain the whole project would be a huge waste of money.  The Mod Podge didn’t cover the table and left ridges where it refused to spread.  The glitter balled up and stuck to itself but not the table.  UGH.

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My lumps. My lovely glitter lumps. Check ‘em out.

I show you this to prove that this epoxy is amazing and will straighten up any stupid things you do. Try not to test that statement, though; even Jesus doesn’t like to be tested.

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I took the epoxy out and read the directions about 27 times.  I had cups to measure it out, stirring sticks, and foam brushes.  Oh, and a dog who distracted me. Look.

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So I measure the resin and additive carefully and followed the directions, mixing slowly to avoid air bubbles.   I poured on the first package (approx 1 quart, I ended up using 5 total)

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It doesn’t look good, but the process itself was easy.  As I spread the epoxy around, glitter picked up on the brush, but I never struggled with any bald spots.  The instructions state to blow on the surface as you go to get rid of bubbles, as the epoxy will even itself out that way.  It does work, but I didn’t have a thick enough layer so I just ignored that for the first coat.

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I did bring the table back inside for this part, as you can see.  The epoxy actually does not have an insanely strong smell, and between the wind and the rain, I knew there was NO chance of getting a high gloss, perfect shine if I left the table outside.  Be sure to cover your floor so the people buying your house don’t have a pink sparkly floor :)

IMG_8740These aren’t actually bubbles. This is chunky glitter balls, thanks to my Mod Podge experiment.  But never fear. Mr. WickedNails had the amazing idea to sand them down before my second and final coat of epoxy.  Brilliant!

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I applied my final coat approximately 20 hours after the first coat went on, and I am thrilled with the results!

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I picked a tough table to epoxy, as the sides are rounded. I struggled with drips the entire time, and the sides lack a thick coat of glitter, but a quick sanding of the epoxy icicles and I will be a happy camper!

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I seriously love this so much. I want to take it back outside so you can have a sunlight pic…but seriously, I’m alone again and it is raining. So…eventually I will update this with a sun pic!

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I hope you enjoyed this stray from the norm.  I would love for you to send me links to any projects you have tried, or want to attempt!

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<3 Rylee

38 thoughts on “Something Different: Glitter Table Top DIY

  1. Shelby says:

    This is the Ultimate Nail Polish Table (caps are needed). Pure awesome-ness. I applaud you!
    Now I need to find a table laying around to glitter…

  2. Rica says:

    I absolutely loved seeing the pics and the step by step instructions! <3

  3. bunniexoxo says:

    omgosh that is beautiful!!!!!!

  4. omg i love this!!!! this is something i would LOVE to do because i just love crafty furniture refinishing, but there is no way i would stay sane with that amount of allowable screw ups…id make THEM ALL! it looks fantastic!

  5. seattylites says:

    Oh my gosh, this is amazing! I definitely will try this out in the future.

  6. 9 to 5 Nails says:

    Holy Jeebus!! Just… WOW! Great project!

  7. valens87 says:

    Ohhhhh *-* This is wonderful, a great job!!!!
    I loooove it… the colour and the glitters!
    You’ve used the Mod Podge, I know it… it smells so strange ehehe :)
    xoxo

  8. einalemog says:

    Excuse me while I phone my sick husband and tell him he should prepare this for me by the time I get home. lol Amazing Rylee!!!!

  9. That looks amazing! You must have a lot of patience! Great job, well done :)

  10. SheShe says:

    Hi. I used this post to convince my mom to finally let me glitter this one table we have.
    I love your table, it is amazing.

  11. Holy crap!! I neeeeeeeddd to try this! It is amaaaazing!! <3<3

  12. Katie says:

    Gah!!! OMG I have to try this…..I neeeeeeeed a glitter table. <3 <3 <3 <3 It's so pretty and sparkly and PINK! ^_^

  13. AManda says:

    I was in the process of trying to do the same thing-in a different color, although the pink is spectacular!!!! And I had a few of the same issues with clumpy glitter, so I have hope now that my finished product will look as great as yours does!!! I couldn’t find other glitter tables on pinterest like what you and I are doing-yay!!! Anyways, great job!!! I appreciate the pointers!

  14. Alicia says:

    Do you think this will work on my manicure table? I soooooo want to try it now!

    • wickednails says:

      The only reason it wouldn’t work would probably be if the edges are round (like mine, whoops) or if you didn’t sand it some first so everything sticks and doesn’t easily peel off. Let me know if you do it, I wanna see!!

  15. Rachel H says:

    Rylee, I love your table!! Also thank you for the steps and tips and the photo of a distraction lol it means alot that you post lots of good pictures throughout the entire project! :) your table is gorgeous thank you so much for sharing and cute dog!! ;)

  16. This is awesome and i now want to do this to my table, its so drap and boring. I am inspired, thank you x

  17. Gorgeous table! Your hard work has really paid off :)

  18. Angelica says:

    I just happened to be given an old dresser when i came across this. I am real excited to see how it turns out. Will be sure to post pictures of finished project. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Jacque Coulter says:

    Like this table idea. Great instructions and info. Thanks.

  20. Rose Soria says:

    This is so cool! I would love this in black and Silver…oooohh! do you think a thin coat of epoxy would have done the trick to get the glitter to stick? So skip the hodge podge step? really great job, your awsome!

    • wickednails says:

      Yeah, I think I mentioned I would skip the mod podge. It caused the glitter to look cloudy. But no, it required a lot of epoxy to even out the glitter. Without a second coat it would have been visibly lumpy and snagged on clothing, etc.

  21. LOVE THIS!!! I glitterized my helmers and made my own makeup table, but now I think they need more glitter! If you want to check them out I posted about the process- http://www.thepolishedmommy.com/2013/07/my-new-and-improved-battlestation.html

    Maybe someday I’ll glitterfy my nail desk, you can never have to much glitter lol.

  22. BaroquenNails says:

    What a fun DIY, It came out really nice. :)

  23. Brittany says:

    I love this so much! I have the perfect piece of furniture for this!
    Do you think adding the glitter to the first layer of epoxy before spreading it on the table would fix the clumping issues?

  24. Bronwyn says:

    You’ve inspired me to no end. You ROCK. I would have bought a house with pink glitter on the ground, by the way.

  25. Lauren says:

    Love this table!! You did a wonderful job! I am going to try this on a few items in my dressing room using silver glitter. I’ve looked on the glitties website, but the biggest container of glitter I see is the 10 gram jar. How big was your jar of glitter? Thanks!

  26. Do you think you can use any type of glitter? Or should it be a fine glitter? Your thoughts?

    • wickednails says:

      You could use any type! Just keep in mind that using some variation will give it more depth, and holographic glitter looks the coolest :) Some iridescent glitter might quickly react with the epoxy and look muddy, for the same reason most iridescent glitter doesn’t hold up to the chemicals in nail polish.

  27. Erin Wells says:

    Correct me if I am wrong here but, couldn’t you just spray the table with spray adhesive before sprinkling on the glitter?? The spray glue meant for mounting photographs in particular is very slow drying and often remains slightly tacky for a long time. Unlike mod podge you could probably even go back and add multiple thin layers of glitter without worrying about it clumping. You might even be able to get glitter to stick to the edges of the table as well! Good project idea!

    • wickednails says:

      I’m sure that would have worked. I was following something on Pinterest. Now that I’ve done it several times, I’ve figured out what works the best for my glitter and epoxy. The epoxy I use is so thick, you don’t even need the glitter to be held down on the table. I just didn’t realize the first try!

  28. Colin Bowden-Brown says:

    Looks amazing! How does the epoxy stand up to acetone ? Thinking of doing a manicure/nail table :-)

    • wickednails says:

      Thanks! The stuff I used holds up okay, I think with tons of exposure it might make the surface look cloudy. It would be perfect for that though! My husband builds models and he’s using the black/blue/silver table I did. Seems to hold up great!

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