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Glass-Topped Seashell Table Project

I wish I had found this project before I had donated my old piano bench to the Goodwill because this is just an adorable beach table project! Look in your phone book for your local glass company as most will custom cut pieces for you...and it might not be nearly as expensive as you think. Have fun!

Give a piano bench a beachy transformation.

Remove the hinges from the bench and cut out the center of the top to accommodate a piece of glass.

Screw wood trim pieces to each corner on the underside of the top.

This will keep the top secure when replaced on the bench.

Sand, and then prime and paint the piece. Let dry.

Fit a custom-cut piece of glass to the top using mirror clips.

Place decorative paper inside the bench and add shells.

Life's A Beach - Enjoy!


  1. I love these types of tables, of course, I love anything beachy. I have a small hinged bench that went to a dressing table, it would make a cute accent table. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. very cute! working on a new blog post with my finds from the Alameda Flea Market... wait till you see!

  4. Such a great idea. Don't you just love all the creative and inspiring artists out there. Thanks for the post. Looks like a possible project in my future.

    Fair winds and Calm Seas,
    Deborah Leon

  5. Oh, and you're so right about the glass price! We just had a broken window glass replaces, custom cut, for $10!!!!

  6. Smart idea. I like the shadowbox type tables.

  7. So glad that everyone liked this project!

    @Maya - I found this project on Better Homes & Gardens site...

    Have a beachy weekend!

  8. I need to find a sweet bench like too. I'm running out of room to display all of my shells.

  9. glass floats would look fab in there with the shells!! :) this is a project for the future! thanks for sharing. :)

  10. I love the idea!
    Thanks for posting it! :)


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