One-of-a-Kind Beach Table

Look what we made! Many years ago we purchased a round coffee table; which served us well for quite a while. The black metal table had a nice piece of glass on the top with a clock face below.  The clock stopped working a while ago and since we moved to our beach location we wanted something more suited to our new home.

An easy coffee table project – It looks better in person!

We removed all the clock mechanisms, flipped the clock face over and a plain black MDF surface remained…it was perfect! We have many black accents throughout our home so the black background would look great. Since we have an over abundance of sand dollars, which were collected from our local beach, we decided to transform our coffee table into a unique, one-of-a-kind piece.

Let the sunshine dries your Sand dollars

After vigorously shaking the sand out of the sand dollars, we cleaned them by soaking them in a mixture of 50% bleach and 50% warm water.  A soaking of an hour or two worked for the majority of them. An old toothbrush helped to scrub the extra dirty shells. I highly recommend wearing gloves when doing this as well as finding a well ventilated location to work.  The weather was beautiful so I was able to do my cleaning and drying out on the deck.  I used wire cooling racks to dry the shells in the sun, flipping them over once.  After 24 hours the sand dollars were bright white and dry throughout.

Lay your shells out for placement BEFORE gluing

David is great at puzzles so he was in charge of laying the sand dollars onto the board to make sure they fit correctly.  We placed a large lazy susan under the board, which made the project so much easier! He then began placing the sand dollars onto the board…working from the outside edge to the middle.  Once placement was figured out, I got my handy dandy glue gun warmed up and started gluing each sand dollar in place (also working from the outside row to the middle).  I found that putting the glue onto the board and then placing the sand dollar on top of it worked the best.  The type of sand dollars used are slightly concaved on the back so make sure you make a nice ‘puddle’ of glue and then place a small amount of pressure when placing them into the glue. 

A Coffee Table like No Other – The Photo doesn’t do it justice!

We gave the glass top a good cleaning and our unique sand dollar coffee table was complete. We have some square, black end tables which have a 2″ lip on them so we are thinking of placing a variety of shells onto them and get a piece of plexiglass or glass to place on top.  This same idea can be used in many ways and is so easy to do.

What pieces of furniture have you transformed with seashells, seaglass or other beach treasures?

Life’s A Beach – Enjoy!

Making Sumo Sweet Stuff



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