Hi, I recently acquired this tulip table base it’s aluminium with a white matte powder coat.
If we are able to fill in or add a table top the oval shape will be perfect as a dining table for our small kitchen space. We are just unsure what to use to fill it in. Initially we were thinking to cut timber to size and glue it to the top and then paint it white. But now we are leaning towards using a plaster, or some type of resin or something to fill in the top. Anyone have any suggestions?? Thanks
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @hollyM. It's amazing that you've joined us, and many thanks for your question about tabletops.
I think timber will likely be the most straightforward option or potentially resin if everything goes to plan with your pour. Plaster is an interesting choice but generally a softer material not suitable for work surfaces. White grout would likely be a better choice as it's a harder material. Cement/concrete would also be an option and could look quite lovely polished or left matt.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you can achieve.
Thanks for the advice Mitchell! If we went with a timber option can Bunnings cut the timber to size? And what would be the best way to get a similar white matte finish to the timber?
what type of cement would you recommend to use if we went down that route? Is there any that would have a terrazzo style finish?
If you were to use timber, you'd need to get the team in-store to cut a board down slightly larger than the height and width of the oval. You'd then trace the top of your base onto it at home. A jigsaw would then be used to cut out the oval shape. There are not too many hard-wearing matt finish paints suitable for tabletops. You could use Rust-Oleum 340g 2X Ultra Cover Paint+Prime Matt White Spray Paint. Just be aware that matt finish paints tend to mark and capture dirt and grime easier than gloss variants. You might like to use a satin instead. In either case, I'd advise adding a couple of layers of the appropriate matt or satin clear coat for protection.
Have a read through Concrete table reno by @Andadams. There's some great info about concrete tabletops. @Andadams used Ardex feather finish which would be a special order product for our stores. A terrazzo finish was my first thought too, though I'm not aware of any cement product that would replicate it. You could potentially try to mimic it by adding aggregate to white cement.
If you just want to fill in the center depression on the table top, you could use car body filler, or Builders bog, I think it's a similar product, @MitchellMc would be able to check if Builders Bog is the same as body filler, that is used on car repairs. You would need to remove the center plate, then fill with the filler, do it in layers and allow to dry between layers, it should dry quickly between coats of filler.
Hi @hollyM ,
Cool up-cycling project!
I don't have much experience with plaster or resin. But, if I were to use timber, I would glue multiple pieces together and then use a jigsaw to cut it to the shape you desire. You can always incorporate some resin with the timber top.
When laminating the timber I would go through the exact process I used when making this cheese board but with longer and/or wider lengths.
Good luck with the project and make sure you post some updates!