Building a Plaster Pedestal Table

What You'll Need
Spray polyurethane
Slate or stone tiles

If you want to decorate your home effectively, then you might consider adding a plaster pedestal table. These are easy to make, but they add a lot of glamor to a home. If you use something attractive or striking, such as a piece of stone or slate above the pedestal, then you will have a piece which will look good in any room, and will stand the test of time. Making these kinds of tables is not too difficult, and you should be able to complete this task within a few spare hours.

Step 1 - Paint the Pedestal

It is easy to get a plaster pedestal from local malls, and these are not very expensive. Pick one which will be large enough to support a slate tabletop, and then choose a number of different paints. If you have been decorating your home, then you may choose to use any left-over paints from one room as the colors for your pedestal table to go into another room.

Avoid decorating the furniture with the same colors as the room itself. Take a paintbrush, and paint your first coat. You can add layers of different colors to build up a texture, so if you want to create a marble effect, use two different colored paints, and put them in washes along the pedestal. Leave to dry.

Step 2 - Varnish the Pedestal

Next, add a layer of varnish to your plaster pedestal. This will not only ensure that it is strong enough to support the slate table top, but will also add a glossy look to it which will resemble antique marble. In a well-ventilated room, spread out several layers of newspaper, and then apply varnish using a clean paintbrush. Leave the pedestal to dry for 24 hours. Once the varnish is dry, add a layer of polyurethane to it, in order to preserve the pedestal table.

Step 3 - Create the Table Top

You can now create your pedestal table top. Using a piece of board or plywood, cut it until it is around a foot square. You can then apply your tiles to the top of the plywood. Use glue, preferably ceramic glue or the Liquid Nails type, as this will hold it securely. Add some shelf molding to the edges of the table top using more glue, and then leave to dry. Once the table top is dry, you can add a layer of varnish to the surface of the tiles. Leave to dry again.

Step 4 - Finish the Table Top

When the table top is completely dry, take it to your pedestal. Add a thick layer of glue to the top edge of the pedestal, and then press the table top down. Weight it down with a few books, or something else suitably heavy. Clean off any glue which has been pressed out, and then leave to dry for 24 hours before adding to your room and using.